Cheesy Broccoli Bake

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions

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!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! This is now a family favorite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful recipe! I used Ricotta for the "cheese product". It was really creamy & tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just pulled this dish out of my oven....it 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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't think it was awful but it wasn't great either. I wouldn't fix it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really loved this, I made this for my friends and we all got seconds!! btw i used velveeta. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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, item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks Paula for a wonderful alternative to the green beans for my Christmas dinner. This was easy, tasty and everyone enjoyed it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious - a definate keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added about 2 cups of cooked chopped chicken, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. The end result is an absolutely delicious meal! This is a new favorite in our house. Thank you for sharing it with us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't care for this dish-salty, low flavor, prob. the combo of the soup and Velveeta (the cheese product I chose to use). Also, the recipe calls for water chestnuts but must be omission typo, never says when to put them in the dish? item not reviewed by moderator and published
But with this recipe, even *I* will eat it! Wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
After reading some of the reviews for this recipe I was a bit nervous but have to say this was a super recipe, very easy to make, and low cost. I was very impressed. After the casserole cooks for 20 mins I added crushed ritz crackers in addition to the cheese which was a nice touch. I also used salted butter and it was fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great way to make broccoli. My husband raved about this dish too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe, totally a cinch to make. *Recommendation - condensed Campbells condensed clam chowder is a wonderful substitution. If too soupy, make sure that you're using the condensed soup. If too salty, use unsalted butter (really makes a difference!) Also, I personally think all the responses about how fattening this receipe is is ridiculous. The Velveeta used on this recipe (the so called "cheese product") contributes just over 600 calories to the dish, which, divided by the number of servings, is only between 80-100 cal per serving. The 2 tblsp of butter is completely optional (veggies can cook in 1 tblsp too!), and the rest is just veggies a little shredded cheese. Between this stuff and the pasta version, Paula's recipe wins hands down! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this and added left over chicken chopped up. I also made a rue with butter and flour and then added the cream of mushroom soup. This is so good. Thank you Paula and Foood Network. Kathy Lima, NY item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a really easy casserole. Made this for Thanksgiving instead of the usual Green Bean Casserole. Family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When my 10 yr. old asks for more broccoli I love the recipe. Only thing the recipe didn't state when to put in the water chestnuts so I added them with sauted veggies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We tried this recipe on Thanksgiving and it was everyone's favorite. It is sure to become a Thanksgiving classic for my family! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband went crazy about this....he loved it....i left the water chestnuts out once and used them once...he prefers without, because hes not crazy about the crunch...It is Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love to cook, and I often use my family as "guinnea pigs" with new recipes! We absolutely loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It wasn't too bad but it was too soupy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm good with this recipe except I wasn't crazy about the water chestnuts. They just seemed odd. I used garlic butter (had some homemade in the fridge) and a leek rather than the onion. Omitted the extra cheddar and rolled out a puff pastry sheet to put over the top. Since I didn't pre-cook the broccoli, this adds a nice topping to keep the steam in and prevent the broccoli from drying out. My family liked it, would definitely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really good instead of buying boxed frozen broccoli and cheese. If the broccoli was soft, it's because you steamed it too long and if the whole thing was mushy, you messed something up. If you follow the recipe correctly it turns out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you are a health NUT, eat your carrots and leave Paula alone. She makes food for REAL people. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've always made the broccoli, rice and Velveeta casserole. This one was different, but oh so good. Several reviewers mentioned mayo in the recipe. I watched Paula make it, then checked the recipe on the computer, and never saw mayo used. I guessed the soft cheese product as Velveeta, but get it could have been cream cheese. Either is good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can anyone tell me what they used as a "cheese product" Velveeta type cheese or cream cheese or something else. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why does she have to kill all the foods with the high fat content and the things that would put you in cardiac arrest. item not reviewed by moderator and published
to "hold the mayo" anonymous--WHAT mayonaise?? item not reviewed by moderator and published
After reading all the reviews I decided to make it and I was dissappointed. I followed the recipe but the outcome was watery, mushy. Great ingrediats but not what I saw on the show- must be missing some ingredient. If you find out, please post. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 13 year old daughter litterally hates broccoli but she took one bite of this and loved it..thanks for the recipe..it was sooo good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't make enough of it, everyone requested more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
simple to prepare and tastes great item not reviewed by moderator and published
my family loved it,very easy paula,keep up the good work,love ha item not reviewed by moderator and published
We had it last night for dinner. It was yummy, fast & easy to make. I served it with a side of rice. I would definately make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an extremely easy recipe, however the mayonnaise ruined it for my family. I would recommend trying it with half the mayo it calls for. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipe and can be altered to make it a touch more healthy (and still easy)! I used low sodium, fat free cream of mushroom soup and "light" cheese. I doubled up on the veggies and used brown rice. This would be a great full meal if you add a protien like chicken or turkey breast. My fiance loved it and I'll definitely make it again! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I invited some friends over for dinner, served with individual meat loaf. Total success!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula Deen knows her stuff and this is a wonderful recipe. Simply delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this dish for supper last night and my family loved it. My daughter doesnt like water chestnuts but I think you can do about anything with this recipe (add left over chicken, rice, etc) Keep the good recipes comin' item not reviewed by moderator and published
ok item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this and added the water chestnuts in with the non cooked mixture so they retained their crunch. I just cut them in half. They were really good. I would add more celery next time too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family requests this broccoli bake often. They love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
not impressed. all you can taste is the mushrooms and it makes a mess, too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and very tasty!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was yet another great recipe from Paula. I noticed several reviews mentioned overcooked broccoli. I didn't bother precooking them. I just cut mine into bite sized pieces and cooked them in the oven in the pan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why did I wait so long to make this recipe?? I finally did for Easter Dinner and everyone just could not get enough!! Next time for the next Holiday meal I will doubble the recipe, but in the mean time we are not waiting for just another holiday. This one is good for any ole regular meal. Thanks Paula keep them a coming. item not reviewed by moderator and published
what do I do with the water chestnuts? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this exactly as the recipe states but mine was "mushy". I am going to try frozen broccoli next time. I was very easy though & had great flavor. Family loved it, I just can't stand soft veggies like it turned out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe is awesome,awesome,awesome and delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved Paula's Cheesy Broccoli Bake. Everyone enjoyed it even the small grandkids. They said, "this recipe is a keeper" item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I liked this dish. It tasted a lot like broccoli with a good cheese sauce. However, it was very rich and thick. The flavor was good but if I'm going to consume the calories I would rather it be something else. One out of my three kids liked it so that was a bonus. I guess we'll stick to plain old steamed broccoli item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used fresh broc and steamed for only 5 minutes to retain crispness. Used low-fat Jalepeno pepper jack instead of cheese product and low fat cheddar on top. used low sodium and low fat cream of mushroom soup. I used regular butter though. The result was delicious, not soupy or soggy at all, and still had richness without being over-powering. Will definitely make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this the other night for dinner and it was a big hit. I added chicken and pasta and an extra can of soup to make it a whole meal. All the favors just go together. I loved the crunch of the water chestnuts. Will make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a basically great dish, but the softened cheese product is Velveeta (or the like) which tastes like Elmers glue, but is often used because it melts well. I substitute softened Monterey Jack cut into small pieces which helps it melt, and add a little milk to add liquid. The dish is also improved by adding TWICE as much grated cheddar on top, and throwing in a handful or two of cashews in for extra crunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, you've done it again, girl! Our whole family loved this, except my dad, who just flat out refuses to eat broccoli. Even my picky daughter liked this. True comfort food and a delicious side dish to any meal! Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Crystal Davis item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved it, I will definately make it again. I live on a remote island in Alaska so I had to use frozen broccoli and canned mushrooms, and it still turned out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe did not include instructions for the water chestnuts, so I just quartered the slices and added to the sauteed onions and celery. Left the mushrooms out. Didn't have any "cheese product," so used what I had on hand - shredded cheddar, sour cream, shredded swiss. Crunchy and so good - my husband loved it too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Paula, but jeez...this was a bit too much. It was really mouthfuls of processed cheese and that was about it. You couldn't even taste the broccoli! My recomendation? Steam fresh broccoli for 10 minutes and toss with a bit of butter and garlic salt. That would be so much better! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this a few months ago and it was delicious. The water chestnuts add a nice crunch to the dish. Will definitely make again. Family really enjoyed it. Keep them coming Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it for Christmas dinner and I was told the children did not eat vegetables. Well everyone tried and at the end there was not much left! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think we could have had Geo. and Barbara Bush to dinner and served this dish without a frown. Thank you Mrs. Groover! Jim Finley Cortland, Ohio item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this as a side dish for a family of picky eaters and everyone had seconds. It's an easy, fast recipe. I'll make it many times again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is SO easy and really yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Always nothing left but a empty bowl. Never any lefted over!!! The very best way to get kids young and old to eat their Broccoli. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fantastic! I think it would be even better if you added rice to the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I do not feel it's worth the calories. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipie was just ok. Broccoli turned out mushy- I would say to cut the baking time or make the florettes bigger item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. A little extra effort than other broccoli casseroles, but worth it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG, this was way toooo good. I made this yesterday for my Labor Day bash and I didn't get any. My guests raved about it and gobbled it up sooooo fast. The only way I know for myself that it was good is that I licked the spoon and serving dish when I was putting them in the dishwasher. I have to make some more today so I can at least taste this wonderful dish. Thanks Paula for another GR8 one and can't wait to see you at the Mid-South Fair this month! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a really good dish. It goes with a lot, is pretty easy to prepare and my husband loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, Another hit in my book. I really enjoyed this recipe. I have shared this with family and friends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I HAVE NOT TRIED THIS YET. BUT WITH ALL THE GOOD INGREDIENTS IT HAS TO BE GREAT. I AM MAKING IT TOMORROW. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone loves this dish. I take it just for the compliments! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Doesn't Get Better Than This! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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