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cheesy broccoli casserole

Cheesy Baked Broccoli

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x


Five ingredient creamy, cheesy baked broccoli with tons of flavor and very little effort. I love this with rice for an easy dinner or as a Thanksgiving side dish!



  • 2 medium heads broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces (or 1 pound broccoli florets)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (deli, dijon, brown, etc)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or just...whatever cheese you like)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425F and prepare a small baking dish, 8x8 or equivalent, with cooking spray.
  2. Scatter handfuls of the broccoli and grated cheese into the baking dish, ending with the cheese.
  3. Mix together the cream, salt, and mustard in a small dish. Pour evenly over the broccoli and cheese.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the broccoli is tender and the edges are just beginning to brown. Enjoy!


Make this your own with any grated melting cheese you like, whatever mustard you have, a mix of cheeses, half cauliflower, you name it!

I wouldn't do this with frozen broccoli because I think it would get too watery when cooking. If you try it, though, let me know!

Your broccoli heads might be slightly different in size than mine, so pick a baking dish that allows all the broccoli to fit, slightly heaped in the center of the baking dish. It'll cook down a good bit!

Make Ahead:

If you're making this as a Thanksgiving side dish, you could make the entire dish in advance and keep it in the fridge for a few days, then reheat it uncovered. The cheese won't have the same ooey gooey meltiness, though.

To prep this dish, I'd measure/mix the cream ingredients, grate the cheese, and chop/guy the broccoli, then store the components separately. Assemble and bake right before you'd like to eat!

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