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Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

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broccoli rice casserole

Broccoli Rice Casserole

Stephanie Gallagher
Broccoli rice casseroles are one of those standard kid-friendly broccoli recipes. My version of the broccoli rice casserole is kicked up a notch, because it uses jarred salsa con queso sauce for a slightly spicy twist on the traditional broccoli cheese rice casserole.

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  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup medium-grain rice
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup salsa con queso (such as Eat Smart)


  1. Bring water to boil in a medium saucepan.

  2. Add rice. Turn heat down to medium low and let simmer until nearly all the water is absorbed, 12-15 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, place broccoli florets in a micro-cooker (compare prices) or a microwave-safe bowl with a microwave-safe cover. Heat the broccoli in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until tender, but not totally soft.

  4. Remove broccoli from microwave. When the rice is almost done, pour the broccoli into the pot over the rice. Immediately put the lid back on, and let the broccoli continue cooking with the rice, 2-3 minutes.

  5. Turn off heat. Pour the cheese sauce over broccoli and rice. Cover the broccoli rice casserole immediately.

  6. Let the heat from the broccoli and rice warm the cheese sauce, about 3 minutes. Serve broccoli rice casserole immediately.
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 2 out of 5
Maybe a little too cheesy, Member Catherine_Colegrove

My kids like the three main ingredients in this recipe (actually, they like water, too, so I guess they like all four), so I thought I had a sure winner. Unfortunately, for some reason, this came out kind of soupy - perhaps I didn't cook the rice long enough before adding the broccoli. Also, everything was evenly coated in cheese, unlike the photo. Maybe it would be better to completely cook the rice and add the cheese to it and completely cook the broccoli on its own and then put it on top...just a thought. Not bad, just unexciting (which I suppose is kind of the point when looking for things that picky eaters will go for!).

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