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Easy Broccoli Casserole

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Broccoli casserole is our family’s MOST FAVORITE Thanksgiving side every year! Packed with cheesy broccoli goodness and an irresistible crunchy cracker topping. This casserole will quickly become one of your favorites as well!

Y’all. I don’t even think you know the level of hype I have for broccoli casserole!

It is hands down my family’s MOST FAVORITE Thanksgiving side year after year. So much so it is always the first side to be devoured and we always make a second so we all can have second helpings and leftovers the next day.

a scoop of Easy Broccoli Casserole on a white plate with a gold spoon. Casserole dish in the background with another plate and green napkin.

I don’t know what it is about it, but it definitely wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without broccoli casserole front and center!

It’s delightfully cheesy and the crunchy cracker topping is my fav!

PRO SECRET – make extra cracker stopping for more crunch if you’re like me and love the cracker part of the casserole!

Another plus – this recipe couldn’t be easier!

Just a couple of ingredients is all you need for a crowd favorite Thanksgiving side!

Ingredients Needed for Broccoli Casserole

  • 2 – 12 Ounce Packages Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Stick Butter – divided
  • 1/2 Pound Velvetta
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • 1 Sleeve Ritz Crackers

How to Make Easy Broccoli Casserole

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Cook broccoli according to package directions and drain. Pace back on the stove in a large pot on low heat. Add in 1/2 stick butter and Velveeta and let melt.
  3. Add in lemon juice and spices. Add more salt and pepper to taste if needed and stir until the cheese is fully melted.
  4. Melt the other 1/2 stick of butter. Crush the crackers and pour over melted butter. Mix to combine. 
  5. Pour in the broccoli cheese mixture in the dish and top with the cracker evenly. Bake for 30 minutes. 
  6. When finished, remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Can I Substitute Fresh Broccoli for Frozen in this Casserole?

Yes!

We always have used frozen broccoli but that doesn’t mean you can’t use fresh as you would like.

Use the same amount – which will be about 2 large heads of broccoli. Dice into tiny florets and discard the stalk and stems.

Steam broccoli for 2 minutes until bright green and tender, and then proceed with the rest of the recipe like normal.

Broccoli Casserole being scooped out of a baking dish

How to Make Ahead of Time for Thanksgiving Day Prep

Prepping as much as you can ahead of time is the name of the game when it comes to Thanksgiving!

I want to actually cook as least as possible on actual Thanksgiving day as I can. So many things can be made ahead of time, and broccoli casserole is no exception.

How to Make a Day Ahead

  • Make broccoli cheese filling and place in greased casseole dish.
  • Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2 days ahead of needed.
  • While the oven is preheating, remove from the fridge and place the cracker topping on. Bake as directed.

How to Freeze

  • Make the recipe all the way up to baking – with cracker toppping included.
  • Wrap tightly with plastic wrap 3 times and then with foil on the outside to ensure that it is wraped air tight. Write on the foil “Broccoli Casseole” and place in the freezer for up to a month prior to needing.
  • Bake from frozen – remove foil and plastic wrap and place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 60 minutes (or until hot and bubbly through the center and the top is golden brown). Check at the 30 minute mark. If the topping is getting too brown, place a piece a foil over top to finsihed baking.
  • Bake from thawed – move the frozen broccoli casserole in the fridge 2 hours before wanting to bake to thaw. Bake as directed (350 for 30 minutes).
3 plates of Easy Broccoli Casserole with a gold spoon, green napkin, and cracker crumbles on the pink background.
How to Make Broccoli Casserole Ahead of Time

How to Make a Day Ahead
Make broccoli cheese filling and place in greased casserole dish.
Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2 days ahead of time.
While the oven is preheating, remove it from the fridge and place the cracker topping on. Bake as directed.
How to Freeze
Make the recipe all the way up to baking – with cracker topping included.
Wrap tightly with plastic wrap 3 times and then with foil on the outside to ensure that it is wrapped airtight. Write on the foil “Broccoli Casserole” and place in the freezer for up to a month prior to need.
Bake from frozen – remove foil and plastic wrap and place in a preheated 350-degree oven for 60 minutes (or until hot and bubbly through the center and the top is golden brown). Check at the 30-minute mark. If the topping is getting too brown, place a piece of foil over top to finished baking.
Bake from thawed – move the frozen broccoli casserole in the fridge 2 hours before wanting to bake to thaw. Bake as directed (350 for 30 minutes).

How to Store Leftovers

Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Can I substitute fresh broccoli for frozen in a casserole?

Yes!
We always have used frozen broccoli but that doesn’t mean you can’t use fresh as you would like.
Use the same amount – which will be about 2 large heads of broccoli. Dice into tiny florets and discard the stalk and stems.
Steam broccoli for 2 minutes until bright green and tender, and then proceed with the rest of the recipe like normal.

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Easy Broccoli Casserole


  • Author: Heather
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

Broccoli casserole is our family’s MOST FAVORITE Thanksgiving side every year! Packed with cheesy broccoli goodness and an irresistible crunchy cracker topping. This casserole will quickly become one of your favorites as well!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 212 Ounce Packages Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Stick Butter – divided
  • 1/2 Pound Velveeta
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • 1 Sleeve Ritz Crackers

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Cook broccoli according to package directions and drain. Pace back on the stove in a large pot on low heat. Add in 1/2 stick butter and Velveeta and let melt.
  3. Add in lemon juice and spices. Add more salt and pepper to taste if needed and stir until the cheese is fully melted.
  4. Melt the other 1/2 stick of butter. Crush the crackers and pour over melted butter. Mix to combine. 
  5. Pour in the broccoli cheese mixture in the dish and top with the cracker evenly. Bake for 30 minutes. 
  6. When finished, remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

How to Make a Day Ahead

  1. Make broccoli cheese filling and place in greased casserole dish.
  2. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2 days ahead of time.
  3. While the oven is preheating, remove it from the fridge and place the cracker topping on. Bake as directed.

How to Freeze Ahead

  1. Make the recipe all the way up to baking – with cracker topping included.
  2. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap 3 times and then with foil on the outside to ensure that it is wrapped airtight. Write on the foil “Broccoli Casserole” and place in the freezer for up to a month prior to need.
  3. Bake from frozen – remove foil and plastic wrap and place in a preheated 350-degree oven for 60 minutes (or until hot and bubbly through the center and the top is golden brown). Check at the 30 minutes mark. If the topping is getting too brown, place a piece of foil over top to finished baking.
  4. Bake from thawed – move the frozen broccoli casserole in the fridge 2 hours before wanting to bake to thaw. Bake as directed (350 for 30 minutes).
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 scoop
  • Calories: 245
  • Sugar: 3.9 g
  • Sodium: 511.1 mg
  • Fat: 19.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.4 g
  • Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 7.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 52.8 mg

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