Cheesy Broccoli Bake

Total Time:
45 min
10 min
35 min

8 to 10 servings

  • 2 pounds fresh broccoli, trimmed and cut up
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the casserole
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 pound cheese product, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13-inch casserole.

Steam the broccoli until tender, about 10 minutes. In the meantime, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat and saute the celery, mushrooms, and onion until softened, about 10 minutes; drain. Combine the broccoli and the cooked vegetables in a bowl.

Heat the soup and softened cheese product in a saucepan over low heat until the cheese melts. Pour it over the broccoli mixture. Add the garlic salt and pepper and combine.

Put it into the buttered casserole dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle the top with the grated Cheddar the last 5 minutes of baking.

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    cheesy and yummy!!!
    I used colby jack instead of cheddar. I also added french fried onions to the top once it was out of the oven and the family loved it!!! I am thinking about trying it again sometime with polish sausage added as a casserole dish.
    Instead of the same ol' same ol' steamed broccoli for Thanksgiving I decided to try this recipe. It was a huge hit (especially with the kids. I have been asked to make it again with Christmas dinner. This next time I will try it with half a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup or maybe even condensed cream of broccoli soup to see if it will be slightly thicker. Thanks for this fabulous alternative Paula!!
    Like some others here, I decided to add about 2 cups of chicken (finely chopped) and 2 cups of pasta (rotini) to it. It turned out really well. I left out the water chestnuts and used colby jack cheese instead of cheedar. Next time I make this, I may use 3/4 of a pound of cheese instead of 1/2 a pound to make it creamier. I think that will help balance out the added chicken and pasta. And I think I'll add extra mushrooms too.
    Great recipe! This is now a family favorite!
    Wonderful recipe! I used Ricotta for the "cheese product". It was really creamy & tasty.
    I just pulled this dish out of my is FANTASTIC. I did not put in the water chesnuts and I was out of garlic salt so I used garlic powder and regular salt. Great for your Thanksgiving table.
    DELICIOUS!! My family LOVED this dish for Thanksgiving last year and even asked for the recipe at the end of the night. I plan on making it again this year.
    Part of my rating probably comes from not following the recipe exactly. I didn't have velveeta and used a grated 4 cheese product plus some mild cheddar and then thinned the soup/cheese mixture with milk. I added some chopped chicken. Since I like my brocoli crisp, I'll probably skip the steaming next time and just use it raw. It was good; but could have been better. May try it with the velveeta next time just to see the difference.
    This was really good but a tiiny bit too cheesy. I would suggest adding more broccoli, cauliflower and/or chicken or cut the cheese down a little. Instead of velveeta, I used yellow american because it's all I had. I eliminated the water chestnuts all together. Oh and I used garlic powder instead of garlic salt. Otherwise this dish is great! You can make easy modifications to satisfy your own tastebuds! :)
    I was reluctant to make this recipe because the idea of using Velveta turned me off at first. Im so glad I did anyway! I made this last year on Thanksgiving and everyone loved it! Its definitely a comfort food favorite at my house.
    I love broccoli, but this casserole was a little too creamy for me. I think it needs to be served on something such as rice or pasta. I've noticed a lot of Paula Deen casseroles like this need to be served with something or they don't taste right. On the plus side, it's really easy to make and tastes okay. When I'm tired after work this is a good go to dinner.
    This recipe is excellent. I have made it several times and everybody ask for the recipe. My brother was having his 50th anniversary and I made three huge casserole dishes of this recipe. Every bit went. The water chestnuts make it crunchy. My son and his family (with 2 daughters) love this recipe. I sometimes use frozen broccoli florets.
    I didn't think it was awful but it wasn't great either. I wouldn't fix it again.
    I'm out of the loop. Went to make this and was stumped by "cheese product". Sounds kind of gross. What is it? Velveeta?

    BTW, my rating doesn't mean anything but they wouldn't let me post without making one!
    I saw this on Paula's show yesterday and made it last night... AMAZING!! It was a big hit with my family! I quartered the water chestnuts (we love them, but i didn't want a huge mouthful of just WC). For those where the dish came out too soupy... make sure your broccoli is very well drained, and don't steam it for too long!! I used frozen broccoli that you steam in the microwave and it turned out wonderfully (and made it that much easier). Next time I'm going to add cooked white rice and diced chicken and make it is a main dish. Thank you, Paula!!
    Super-easy, really tasty, and looks great for guests!! I used a mix of mozzarella and sharp cheddar, with a touch of grated Asiago for the cheese mix. Try it!
    Easy side dish - great way to get some veggies in there. Filling. Just needs a protein main course and you're set for a meal.
    I know this is a family hit when my husband says "I'm going to eat too much of this." To make it a full meal deal, I added grilled chicken breast. Instead of the cheddar cheese, I substituted parmesan and topped it with seasoned bread crumbs. Paula, you're a peach!
    I made this once and everyone loved it. The family has requested I bring it to every occasion. I used reduced fat cheese product and it tasted just as good as using the regular.
    I begrudgingly made this for Christmas dinner knowing that I did not like Broccoli and neither did one of my guests. I ate it loved it and the guest tried it.....then went back for seconds......they were over for New Years and he requested the receipe....Great Flavor...I added extra Waterchestnuts for crunchy texture. OUTSTANDING flavor...Thanks Paula!!! Just became a family favorite - even with my kids!
    This is a fantastic recipe, the only thing that I changed was switching cream of mushroom soup with clam chowder, makes for a more interesting flavor.
    The recipe was great but i added a few tweaks to make it even better! I did not add the water chestnuts because my family dosent like them, and I did not add grated cheese to the top , instead I used crunched up ritz crackers as the topping. It came out great and there were NO leftovers!
    I really loved this, I made this for my friends and we all got seconds!! btw i used velveeta.
    I added a few cups of cooked basmatti rice left out the water chestnuts since they gross me out. I didnt have any cheese product stuff so I added a can of cheddar cheese soup. I will keep this recipe, it cam out yummy and was quick.


    Thank you Paula,
    Made this last night with her mushroom rice and chicken. It was sooooo good! I loved every mouthful. It wasn't overly cheesy. You could still taste the broccoli and yet it was creamy and wonderful. My family loved it. Paula I loved you always, but you are fast becoming a favorite.
    Bump this recipe up a star! Great work Paula! I make my holiday meals as memorable as possible. There was a lot of mmmmmmms going on when my very large family tasted this side dish on Thanksgiving. Cheesy broccoli bake will make many repeat performances for our gang.
    We thought this was really tasty, and easy to make. I did the whole process in my Calphalon steamer, so it was a one pan process for me, with the exception of the casserole dish. I steamed the broccoli for only FIVE minutes and then shocked in cold water. Dumped out the hot water/steamer basket, sauted the veggies, drained, put in a bowl, and then did the cheese mixture in the same pot. Mixed everything in with the cheese, and poured into a casserole dish. The broccoli turned out perfect, not the least bit mushy, and still somewhat on the crisp side. I mixed it gently again after baking, and served in a pretty white bowl. (This recipe does not need any additional salt other then the garlic salt called for)
    Whoola, very tasty, and easy clean-up.
    Thanks Paula for a wonderful alternative to the green beans for my Christmas dinner. This was easy, tasty and everyone enjoyed it.
    Easy and delicious - a definate keeper!
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