Best Broccoli Casserole Recipe

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I'm a home economics teacher, and finding vegetables recipes my students enjoy preparing and eating really puts me to the test. Many kids who say they don't like broccoli actually ask for second helpings of this one!—Cynthia Kolberg, Syracuse, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup instant rice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
  • 1/2 cup diced process cheese (Velveeta)

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 251 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 1128 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. Bring water and salt to a boil. Add rice; cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes. Melt butter in skillet; saute onion and celery until tender. In large bowl, combine rice, celery and onion with remaining ingredients. Pour into a greased 1-1/2-qt. casserole. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Best Broccoli Casserole in Taste of Home February/March 1993, p14

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Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"I've never made a broccoli casserole so I don't have much to go on, but this one was pretty good. A little too much of the soup for my taste so next time I might try adding more broccoli. I decided to put it in my recipe book so that means it's a keeper."

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"I have hade this recipe for about 18 years and still making it.This recipe got me started with taste of home subscriptions And I still have the original recipe.Named How I Got My Kids to Eat ...Broccoli.It really works.Thank You! Cindy K Syracuse Indiana We love it."

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2008

"I I supposed to bake this covered or uncovered? I liked the taste after adding seasoning and another 1/2 cup of cheese."

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