Broccoli Cheese Casserole

A creamy combination of broccoli and cheese, topped with a crunchy Ritz cracker topping! Even your pickiest eaters will love this Broccoli Cheese Casserole!

This recipe is similar to our Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole, but without chicken and a different cream base. Give both a try! And while you’re at it, check out all of our favorite casserole recipes!

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole in a casserole dish

A Delish Combo – Broccoli + Cheese

Casseroles are the ultimate dinner recipe, and quite frankly they don’t get enough credit. They’re usually filled with veggies, protein, and other simple ingredients that combine to create amazing flavors! This casserole especially has one of my favorite flavor combos: Broccoli + Cheese!

If  you’ve been following along for a while, you may have seen my Broccoli Cheese Soup or even the Broccoli Braid (filled with cheese of course!). Well this Broccoli Cheese Casserole has all those same delicious flavors of broccoli and cheese, plus a tasty crushed Ritz cracker topping on top. (YUM)

Even my pickiest eaters will eat this casserole and hardly be bothered by the greens. I mean, it’s probably the fact it’s smothered with cheese, but hey… At least they’re eating the veggies. 😉

Mixing ingredients in a bowl for broccoli cheese casserole recipe

How to Make Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

PREP. Preheat oven to 350 °F and prep a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.

FILLING. Mix together the condensed soup, mayonnaise, and egg in a medium sized mixing bowl. Place all three packages of broccoli into a large bowl (I like to use my large stainless steel bowl to mix this recipe thoroughly). Be sure to beak up the frozen broccoli florets. Next, use a rubber spatula to empty the mayo mixture on top of the broccoli. Mix well. Add the cheese and mix again.

(If you are adding the chicken, mix it in now)

TOPPING. Transfer the broccoli mixture to the 9×13 baking dish. Use the rubber spatula to smooth the top and then season with garlic salt and pepper. In a Ziploc bag mix together the butter and crackers and sprinkle over the top of the casserole.

BAKE. Bake for 45-50 minutes.

Variation Ideas

Here are a few ways to change this up…

  • Add 1-2 c cooked white rice to the broccoli mixture
  • Add 1-2 c cooked shredded or cubed chicken to the broccoli mixture
  • Substitute the broccoli with cauliflower
  • Panko crumbs with extra butter can be used in place of the ritz crackers
  • Add sliced mushrooms
  • Add diced onions or scallions
  • Use fresh broccoli florets (blanched)

Broccoli Cheese casserole with ritz crackers on top

Storing tips + side ideas

Can you make this ahead of time? Yes! Assemble all but the Ritz crackers. Cover and store in the fridge for 1-2 days. To prep for the freezer wrap with plastic wrap then again with aluminum foil. Label and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw if frozen, add the ritz crackers and bake uncovered  according to the recipe directions. 

How to store leftovers? Divide leftovers into individual serving size containers. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 1-2 months. Heat in the microwave or even on the stove top. 

What are some sides to serve with this?

Close up of spoon scooping broccoli and cheese casserole

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Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe

5 from 6 votes
A creamy combination of broccoli and cheese, topped with a crunchy Ritz cracker topping! Even your pickiest eaters will love this Broccoli Cheese Casserole!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 366 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1- 10.75 oz can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3- 10 oz packages frozen broccoli chopped
  • 12 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 20 Ritz crackers crushed
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 c shredded chicken optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F and prep a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.
  • Mix together the condensed soup, mayonnaise, and egg in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • Place all three packages of broccoli into a large bowl. (I like to use my large stainless steel bowl to mix this recipe thoroughly) Be sure to beak up the frozen broccoli florets. Next, use a rubber spatula to empty the mayo mixture on top of the broccoli. Mix well. Add the cheese and mix again. (If you are adding the chicken, mix it in now)
  • Transfer the broccoli mixture to the 9x13 baking dish. Use the rubber spatula to smooth the top and then season with garlic salt and pepper.
  • In a Ziploc bag mix together the butter and crackers and sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
    Bake for 45-50 minutes.

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  1. 5 stars
    My mom made this a ton growing up & I have always loved it! I make it for my family now & they all love how cheesy it is!

  2. 5 stars
    What a delicious dish! I love the cheese, the crunch from the crackers, & the comfort this meal gives!

  3. 5 stars
    The combination is perfection. I love the CRUNCHY ritz crackers on top! The perfect side dish to any meal!

    1. What do you do with the Sour cream??
      I was wanting to know the same thing! I just mixed it in with the Mayo mixture.

  4. Do you have to thaw and drain the BROCCOLI before mixing it with the other ingredients, or do you mix it while its still Frozen?

  5. 5 stars
    I LOVE this recipe! It definitely over exceeded my expectations and was everything and more that I wanted it to be! I added chopped rotisserie chicken to make it our main dish. The best part is that the leftovers heated up nicely too! I loved it so much, I’m adding it as a side dish to our Christmas dinner this year!

      1. Does this casserole need to be covered while baking in oven? Does the frozen broccoli need to be steamed first or just put in the pan frozen?

        1. You can bake this uncovered. It helps the topping get golden brown and that perfect crispy texture. And you can do either, but you can just put the broccoli in frozen. Just make sure if it is that it’s broken up so it can spread out evenly in the mixture.