Cheesy Broccoli Rice

Get ready to indulge in the ultimate comfort food with our Cheesy Broccoli Rice recipe! This classic dish combines tender jasmine rice, vibrant broccoli, and gooey cheddar cheese for a meal that’s both satisfying and irresistible. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a tasty side dish for a family gathering, this recipe has got you covered.

Why You’ll Love Cheesy Broccoli Rice

  • Mouthwatering Flavor: Dive into a bowlful of cheesy goodness with every bite, making this dish an instant crowd-pleaser.
  • Easy to Make: With simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, even beginner cooks can whip up this recipe with confidence.
  • Perfect Comfort Food: Warm, creamy, and comforting, Cheesy Broccoli Rice is the ultimate comfort food that never fails to hit the spot.
  • Versatile: Enjoy it as a standalone meal, serve it as a side dish with your favorite protein, or pack it for a tasty lunch the next day—it’s incredibly versatile!
  • Kid-Friendly: Picky eaters won’t be able to resist the cheesy allure of this dish, making it a family favorite in no time.

Ingredients Needed To Make Cheesy Broccoli Rice

  • Jasmine rice
  • Fresh broccoli
  • Butter
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Milk
  • Ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Dry mustard powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Nutritional yeast

How To Make Cheesy Broccoli Rice

  1. Cook the jasmine rice according to the package instructions until fluffy.
  1. In a separate pot, sauté the broccoli in butter until slightly softened. Add the seasonings and milk, then stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted and smooth.
  1. Combine the cooked rice with the cheesy broccoli mixture, stir well, and serve!

Variations & Substitutions

  • Add diced cooked chicken or tofu for extra protein.
  • Get creative with different cheese blends such as Gouda or Swiss.
  • Incorporate other veggies like bell peppers or spinach to amp up the nutrition and flavor.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use another type of rice?

Yes, feel free to substitute jasmine rice with your preferred variety, adjusting the cooking time as needed.

Is there a vegetarian option for this recipe?

Absolutely! Simply swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth to make a delicious vegetarian version.

Can I prepare this dish in advance?

Definitely! You can make the rice and cheese sauce ahead of time, refrigerate them separately, and then combine them before serving for a quick and convenient meal.

What main courses pair well with Cheesy Broccoli Rice?

This dish pairs super well with Marry Me Chicken, Cornflake Chicken Tenders, and Chicken Pot Pie Casserole!

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

This was one of my favorite dishes growing up! I am happy to share this with my updated take on this classic.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesy Broccoli Rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 427kcal

Equipment

  • Medium-sized pot (2)
  • Stirring utensil
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dry mustard powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp nutritional yeast

Instructions

  • Place a medium-sized pot over medium/low heat. Add rice and water, cooking according to the package's directions until nice and fluffy. Set aside.
  • In another medium pot over low/medium heat, add butter and broccoli. Cook for 5 minutes until the broccoli slightly softens. Add all seasonings and milk. Once the milk is heated, add all the cheese. Mix until smooth and cheesy.
  • Add the cooked rice, stir well, and enjoy!

Notes

Variations:
  • Add diced cooked chicken or tofu for a protein boost.
  • Experiment with different cheese blends like Gouda or Swiss.
  • Incorporate other vegetables such as bell peppers or spinach for added freshness. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1020mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1047IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 503mg | Iron: 1mg
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