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Broccoli, Rice and Cheese Casserole


We love the classic and comforting broccoli casserole. Our version ditches heavy condiments and relies on a generous helping of fresh broccoli and real cheese for ultimate flavor. Substitute other soups or favorite vegetables, as needed.


Olive oil cooking spray
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
Salt to taste
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 1/2 cups small broccoli florets
1 (15 ounce) can regular or gluten-free ready-to-eat (not condensed) cream of mushroom soup
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Grease a 7- x 11-inch baking dish with olive oil cooking spray; set aside.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a small pot over medium-high heat. Add rice and cook, stirring often, until translucent and toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups water and salt and bring to a boil. Cover pot, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until water is absorbed and rice is almost tender, about 15 minutes. Set pot aside off of the heat for 5 minutes, then uncover, fluff with a fork and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add broccoli and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add cooked rice, then stir in soup, 1/2 cup of the cheese, salt and pepper.

Transfer rice mixture to prepared baking dish and sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese evenly over the top. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
Nutritional Info:
Per Serving:230 calories (120 from fat), 13g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 680mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 8g protein