Not Your Ordinary Broccoli Rice Casserole

by | Apr 17, 2017 | sides

There’s a certain famous restaurant who serves the most amazing Broccoli Rice Casserole as one of their sides. It’s a favorite in our family. I could make this side my main course, and so could my grown son.

As a surprise for him, I thought I’d try replicating this recipe last week. I found a simple recipe, tweaked it a bit, and added some special touches (like Club crackers!). It was so good! My son thought it was pretty close to the original. Score!

When I shared it on social media, many asked for the recipe. Here it is. Hopefully you’ll like it as much as we do! Enjoy!

Not Your Ordinary Broccoli Rice Casserole

Not Your Ordinary Broccoli Rice Casserole

1-1/2 cups cooked rice (I used long grain white rice)

1 stick butter

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped (I used dried onion flakes to make it go quicker)

1 pound fresh or frozen broccoli, cut into small florets (I used frozen, thawed)

1 can cheddar cheese soup

8 ounces Velveeta, cubed

1 sleeve of Club crackers, broken into pieces


Prepare rice according to package directions. Fluff with fork and pour into a large bowl.

If using fresh broccoli, blanch in boiling water, then transfer into cold water. Drain. If using frozen, thaw in microwave (but don’t cook thoroughly). Add to rice in large bowl.

Saute onion until tender, or use dried onion flakes. Add to bowl.

Melt butter on low heat in pan used for the onion and add Velveeta. Stir until melted so the cheese won’t stick to the pan and burn. Pour over the rice, broccoli, onion mixture in large bowl, then top with the canned cheddar cheese soup.

Add the broken Club cracker pieces into the large bowl and mix well. I wanted to make sure the broken cracker pieces were well coated with the cheese mixture.

Pour into a greased 13″ x 9″ casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. I stirred it part-way through.

Serves 12.


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  1. Stacie @SincerelyStacie

    Sounds delicious! Do you cook the cheese soup and velveeta at the same time wth the butter? I can’t wait to try it!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Good question, Stacie. Thank you for asking it, because I realized I originally left out when to add the canned cheddar cheese soup! I added it right after the butter/Velveeta mixture. It’s so good! Hope you like it too!

  2. betsydecruz

    Ooh! So glad you posted your recipe. I’m pinning this to use later. My sister-in-law makes this for every family holiday, so now it’s part of our family repertoire too. So good for ordinary days as well. Love to you, friend!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Hi Betsy! It warms my heart to see your beautiful face here. I love this recipe! It’s one we’ll make often here. Bless you, friend!


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