The Best Ever Fresh Broccoli Casserole
It's hard to know which vegetable to showcase next; there are so many great ones. What's really great about this recipe is how inexpensive broccoli is at the store, and it is always in season when you're looking for it.
Even better, this is a super easy meal to put together for your family as a main dish or even as a side. With broccoli, cheese, and mushroom soup, how can you go wrong?!
And check out the amazing benefits you are giving your family with every serving of this wonderful dish.
Health Benefits of Broccoli
Broccoli also proudly holds the title of one of the world's healthiest foods. Broccoli can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits when cooked correctly, and has a strong, positive impact on our body's detoxification system.
Broccoli is chocked full of incredible vitamins A, K and D, which is great for those with Vitamin D deficiencies. This wonderful miracle vegetable is also a great source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory benefits, and is a particularly rich source of a flavonoid called kaempferol, giving you and those you love a strong allergy fighter and a great way to build your body's immune system.
As another cancer fighting vegetable, there's hardly anything that broccoli doesn't do for you, but wash the dishes. Too bad, because I hate washing dishes. lol
- 3 heads fresh broccoli
- 3 cups white cheddar cheese, shredded
- 3 cans cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
- 6 large eggs
- 1/2 cup mayo, (you may sub in sour cream or yogurt)
- 1 cup butter
- 3 cups breadcrumbs, (6 slice of fresh bread or 2 sleeves of crackers)
- pinch salt
- pinch pepper
- Roughly chop all three heads of your fresh broccoli.
- Pour chopped broccoli into a steamer basket. Place into the bottom of a large pot of water filled only to the bottom of the steamer basket.
- Cook on medium-high heat at a slight boil covered for about 20 minutes to thoroughly steam your broccoli before using. It doesn't have to be completely done as it will finish cooking in the oven.
- In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish generously with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, add your white cheddar cheese and 3 cans of mushroom soup (sans the additional water). Mix thoroughly.
- Then add in your Parmesan cheese and mix.
- Beat your 6 eggs in a separate small bowl on the side before adding them to your mixture. Mix them in until thoroughly mixed in.
- Add in your 1/2 cup mayonnaise. For those of you seeking a healthier alternative (or creeped out by mayo like me), I highly suggest using plain vanilla yogurt instead.
- Next melt your 1 cup of butter slightly so that it will mix in evenly before adding it to your mixture. Mix everything together really well.
- Take your broccoli off of the stove and drain in a colander.
- Pour your mostly cooked broccoli into your prepared casserole dish and spread it out evenly. If you are using any other vegetables with your broccoli (squash, mushrooms, etc.), now would be the time to add them.
- Now pour your cheese and mushroom soup mixture over the top of your broccoli, and spread it as evenly as possible, completely covering the broccoli.
- Generously sprinkle the whole dish with salt and pepper to bring out all of the different flavors.
- Finally, process down whatever topping you choose for breadcrumbs (crackers, cereal, chips or fresh bread slices) well in the food processor.
- Cover the entire top of the casserole with breadcrumbs, covering everything well.
- Bake for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly. Allow to cool slightly before eating.
|Serving size: 1/8 square from rectangular casserole|
|Calories from Fat||153|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 17 g||26%|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 11 g||4%|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 6 g||12%|
|Cholesterol 37 mg||12%|
|Sodium 412 mg||17%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Mix this up by adding squash, cauliflower, asparagus, or even some yummy mushrooms, and get a completely different meal every time.
This is another great meal that your little ones will gobble up. With all of the great flavors inside, they won't even realize they are eating broccoli. If necessary, grind up the fresh broccoli in the food processor first before adding it to your dish. Although I think it tastes much better in bigger chunks.
You can even use your family's favorite crackers, chips, cereal, or bread (chopped up in the food processor) for the typing to make it that much better. We like using Premium Crackers or processed honey wheat bread on ours.
It saves really well in the fridge and makes wonderful leftovers. You certainly won't regret trying this recipe out.
How do you like this recipe?
© 2013 Victoria Van Ness