Broccoli Casserole is a Thanksgiving tradition. But this broccoli casserole made without Velveeta skips the processed cheese! Make a luscious homemade cheese sauce instead! It is simple, delicious, and you'll never go back!
The holiday season is here and I am sharing my family's most favorite Thanksgiving side, Broccoli Casserole! This is the first side dish to be completely eaten around our table each and every year! It is a crowd and family favorite and perfect for the holidays!
Traditionally this recipe is made with Velveeta for the cheese sauce. You can totally make this with Velveeta and it's definitely the "right" way to make this.
However, if you want to omit the Velveeta, then let me show you how to do it!
How to Make the Cheese Sauce without Velveeta.
First we are going to make a roux, add the cheese, add in the broccoli and go from there.
We start by making a roux.
- Which is just equal parts butter and flour, cooked till the flour taste is gone.
- Add in your milk a little at a time whisking until all the lumps are gone and it becomes thick.
- Turn the heat down, add in your cheddar and/or Colby jack cheese (shredded from the block NOT a bag of shredded cheese), and stir till melted.
- Add in your broccoli (instructions for fresh or frozen below) and waa-laa! You have a broccoli casserole made without Velveeta.
Can I Use Fresh or Frozen Broccoli for This Recipe?
For this broccoli casserole you will want to use frozen broccoli florets.
It is how my mom makes it, so that is how it is suppose to be done. 🙂
Can I Make Broccoli Casserole Ahead of Time and Freeze Before Thanksgiving?
This freezes beautifully and I already have a double batch in the freezer ready for Thanksgiving! It is not too late for you to make this. Go ahead and make it now:
- Pop it in the freezer until Thanksgiving Day
- Make it all the way up till baking.
- Wrap tightly in plastic wrap or foil and place in the freezer.
- Place in the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes or until the center is hot and bubbly.
- You can also place in the fridge a day before baking to help thaw and bake according to the instructions below.
More Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Will Love!
- Brown Butter Sweet Potato Casserole
- Creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- Southern Cheesy Corn Casserole
- Southern Cheddar Mac and Cheese
- Slow Cooker Green Beans
- Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Whipped Ricotta Sweet Potatoes
- 1 Hour Wheat Dinner Rolls