Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

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  • 4Servings
  • 15 mPrep Time
  • 35 mCook Time
  • 0 mReady In
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Vegetarian casserole is the perfect thing to bring to a pot-luck when you aren’t sure there will be many veggie options for you. It’s also great to bake for a side-dish that you can keep for warm, home-made leftovers later in the week. And it’s the perfect prepare-ahead-of-time recipe for those crazy busy holiday meals.

You have to admit casseroles have become a little un-sexy in the culinary world. It seems like every 50’s housewife found it a good idea to mix 5 processed and pre-packaged ingredients into a glass dish and call it homemade. (Really and truly, I mean no offense.)

The popular casseroles that used Campbell’s cream of x,y, or z soups, cheap meats and over cooked vegetables really turned me off of this whole genre when I was a kid.

I’m happy to say I’ve ventured back into the realm of these one-dish babies and have liked the results a lot better when it’s done in a more modern way. When they are fresher, healthier and vegetarian, casseroles are actually quite delightful.

I’ve opened up my heart to these versatile dishes and they make a great reliable recipe when cooking for a crowd.

Try this broccoli and cheese casserole when you want something reminiscent of comfort food while still getting a serving or two of your greens.

Ingredients

Step by step method

  • Preheat oven to 350°

  • Parboil broccoli: Chop broccoli into small pieces. Put into boiling water and let cook for 1 -2 minutes only (take out when they are bright green!) Drain and rinse in really cold water until they are cool so they don't continue to cook.

  • In a sauce pan on low heat, melt butter, add the flour and stir until a consistent texture. It should start to smell slightly nutty.

  • Slowly pour in the milk and stir. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the sharp cheese and allow to get all melty and delicious.

  • In small bowl, toss bread crumbs in a drizzling of olive oil.

  • Lightly grease a casserole dish, layer your broccoli evenly, pour the cheesy sauce over top then sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and cheese starts to bubble.

Chef Info

Calvin

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Hi there, I'm Calvin. Welcome to my Delicious Vegetarian Recipes! I started to this site just recently to share what I was cooking up and show how delicious vegetarian fare can be. Over the past few years I've transitioned into a more plant-based lifestyle. (This means that while my older dishes didn't contain meat, they still had eggs and dairy.…

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