This easy broccoli casserole is pure comfort food! Great for family get-togethers, holidays, potlucks, or when you are in the mood for a delicious home-cooked dish!
Fresh broccoli combined with cream of mushroom soup, cheddar cheese, Ritz crackers, and seasoned perfectly. It’s no wonder why this flavorful, creamy, and cheesy dish is a family favorite. Serve it as a side or make it the star of any meal.
Casseroles are great to make even if you are just starting out in the kitchen. They are no-fuss and don’t require a bunch of hard instructions. Be sure to try my baked ziti, hamburger casserole, and tater tot casserole too.
If you are looking for something that goes amazing with this broccoli casserole with ritz crackers, you won’t be disappointed with some baked chicken or a big, fat, juicy steak. The options are endless, really!
Easy Broccoli Casserole – Tips and Tricks
- Sour cream is key! Many other recipes for broccoli cheese casserole call for mayo, but we prefer the flavor and lighter texture the sour cream gives.
- Don’t get in a hurry. You might be tempted to cook the broccoli all the way, but please don’t. It will end up soggy and it will lose the slightly crisp bite it’s intended to have. Instead, cook it until it’s almost done for the best results.
- Go for frozen. Whenever you don’t have fresh broccoli on hand, it’s fine to use frozen. Be sure to let it thaw all the way and drain off any excess water.
- Don’t thin the soup. When adding soup, you simply add the soup itself. It doesn’t need to be thinned with water or anything.
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- Baking Dish – A 9×9 square baking dish is the perfect size!
- Strainer for draining the cooked broccoli.
- A good quality spatula is ideal for spreading the layers into the dish.
FAQ – Common Recipe Questions
What can I use instead of cream of mushroom soup?
You can swap the cream of mushroom with cream of chicken or cream of celery. All of them will work great, so it’s just a matter of preference and what you have on hand.
Does a casserole dish need a lid?
No, you shouldn’t add a lid when making this easy broccoli casserole. A lid will cause it to be more liquidy and not have that nice crispy crust on top. So, while other recipes may require a lid, your best bet is to skip one for this dish.
Can I double this recipe?
Yes, absolutely! To double the recipe, you can use two 9×9 casserole dishes, or opt for a 9×13.
How long does it last?
You’ll need to cover the cooled leftovers and place them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Simply reheat in the microwave when you are ready to serve.
Or you can place it in an airtight container and freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then microwave or bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until it’s hot.
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Easy Broccoli Casserole
- 6 cups broccoli florets, heaping cups
- 10.6 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Cook the broccoli just until it turns a bright green in color – you can boil or steam the broccoli, but it should take just a few minutes – you do not want the broccoli cooking all the way through. Drain, rinse with cold water, and squeeze all excess water from the broccoli with a dishtowel.
- Stir together soup, sour cream, egg, cream, herbs and spices, and 2 cups of the cheese.
- Mix in broccoli.
- Spread the mixture into a buttered 9×9 square baking dish.
- Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese over the top.
- Layer the crushed crackers over the cheese.
- Drizzle the melted butter over the crackers, covering as much area as you can.
- Bake the casserole for approximately 30-35 minutes, until the casserole is bubbling and golden brown across the top – you may need to cover the casserole with aluminum foil after the first 20 minutes so that it does not brown too much.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published October 2021
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