Cheese and Broccoli Brown Rice Casserole Recipe
This is a perfect time of year to try this Cheesy Broccoli Brown Rice Casserole that can be served as a side for the holidays or a main dish on a cold winter night!! Cheese and broccoli are a great combination and with rice this recipe is sure to be a favorite.
Organic Carolina Brown Rice is a perfect choice for this dish! You can also get regular Carolina Brown Rice if you are looking to save more!
Cheese and Broccoli Brown Rice Casserole Ingredients
1 bag Frozen Broccoli
4 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 can Campbell's Cheddar Cheese
1 1/4 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups Carolina brown rice cooked according to package instructions (when cooked, it should be between 3 and 4 cups)
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Recipe for Broccoli Rice Casserole Instructions
-Preheat oven to 350ºF.
-Microwave or steam broccoli according to package instructions
-Add saucepan to medium-low heat on stove. Once the saucepan is warm, add the butter until melted.
-Stir in the onions and garlic. Cook for about 7 minutes, or until the onions are softened.
-Add the flour over the onions
-Cook 2-3 minutes more, stirring constantly, until flour is golden brown.
-Slowly pour the milk into the saucepan, whisking to incorporate it into the flour as you pour. Once all the milk is in the saucepan, bring the mixture to a simmer, continuing to whisk constantly. Continue to cook, whisking often, until the sauce is thickened.
-Add the can of cheddar cheese until completely mixed in.
-Remove from heat and whisk in 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, the parmesan cheese, mustard powder, and paprika. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
-Spray bottom of 9 x 13 casserole dish. Transfer the cooked rice to the dish with the broccoli
-Pour the cheese sauce on top. Stir to incorporate; taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.
-Top with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese and the panko bread crumbs
-Spray the top of the casserole with butter spray and bake for 25 minutes, then broil for about 3 minutes more, until the panko is lightly browned. Remove from oven and let the casserole sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
-Serve as a main dish or a side!
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