This Velveeta broccoli casserole is as flavorful and decadent as it gets. This recipe combines tender steamed broccoli with a creamy cheese sauce and a crispy cracker crumb topping to make a dish that's to die for!
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The Best Velveeta Broccoli Casserole with Ritz
This Velveeta broccoli cheese casserole recipe is a simple dish, yet it might be one of the most delicious casserole recipes I've ever made. And that's really saying something because I've made a ton of casseroles in my day.
I mean, how could you not love a dish that coats tender, fresh broccoli in a rich, smooth, and decadent Velveeta cheese sauce? Honestly, the sauce itself is delicious enough to eat with a spoon! Then, when you throw the buttery Ritz cracker topping into the mix, this recipe just becomes certified 11 out of 10 good.
To be honest, just writing about it is making me hungry.
What's even better than how this casserole tastes is how easy it is to make. You basically just have to make the cheese sauce, then pour it over your broccoli, top the whole thing with Ritz crackers, and then let the oven do the rest from there.
Truth be told, you can have this Velveeta broccoli cheese casserole ready and on the table for dinner in only about 20 minutes! Since it's so quick and easy to make, it's one of my favorite Thanksgiving casseroles.
Oh, and while the casserole is baking, you can make an equally delicious main course to pair with it, like these pan fried chicken breasts.
Ingredients You'll Need
Anyway, here's what you'll need to make it:
- Fresh Broccoli- fresh broccoli, steamed slightly.
- Butter- both cubed and melted.
- Flour and milk- for the sauce.
- Velveeta cheese- cut into cubes.
- Salt- to taste
- Eggs- two beaten.
- Ritz crackers- crushed. You can use any butter crackers or even Cornflakes as the topping.
By the way, you can use basically all of these same ingredients to make this Cheddar's broccoli cheese casserole as well. So if you're craving more easy and cheesy casseroles, check that one out next!
How To Make Velveeta Broccoli Casserole with Ritz
Step 1: Make The Cheese Sauce
First, you'll want to start by preheating the oven to 350°F (180°C) and greasing a 9-inch casserole dish with some oil or butter.
Then, you can grab a large saucepan, set it over medium-high heat, and melt half of the butter in it. Once the butter has melted, you can add the flour, then give it a mix, and let it cook for 1 minute.
Now you'll want to add the milk and Velveeta cheese to the pot. Then, once the cheese starts melting, you can add in the eggs and whisk it with the rest of the ingredients. As soon as the cheese melts, you can add a little salt and pepper and whisk again until you have a smooth cheese sauce.
Step 2: Assemble The Casserole
Now that the cheese sauce is ready to go, you can take the steamed broccoli and layer it in the prepared casserole dish. Then, you can pour the Velveeta cheese mixture evenly on top of the broccoli.
Next, you'll want to crush the Ritz crackers if you haven't done so already and add them to a bowl along with the rest of the melted butter. Now you can give the butter and crackers a little mix to combine, and then you can top the broccoli cheese casserole with 'em.
Step 3: Bake The Casserole
Once you've fully assembled your broccoli cheese casserole with Ritz crackers, you can put it in the oven and bake it for about 15-20 minutes, or until the crackers are golden brown on top and the casserole is warmed through. Serve warm and enjoy!
Storage and Reheating Instructions
This recipe makes six servings, so it's perfect for serving to a crowd. If you end up with leftovers, then consider yourself lucky because this cheesy broccoli casserole tastes great the next day!
Store any leftovers in your casserole dish with a lid, or transfer everything to an airtight container. Stored either of these ways, your casserole will keep in the fridge for about 3-5 days.
Alternatively, if you want your broccoli and cheese casserole to last even longer, you can freeze it in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 6 months.
This casserole is definitely best enjoyed warm, so you'll want to heat up your leftovers. If you want to reheat a few servings of the casserole, I suggest you put the leftovers in a baking dish and warm it at 350°F for about 10-12 minutes or until it reaches your desired temperature. Alternatively, if you want to reheat a single portion quickly, you can microwave your leftovers in 30-second intervals until fully reheated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my broccoli cheese casserole watery?
If your broccoli cheese casserole is watery, it's because you most likely used frozen broccoli without thawing it first. Putting frozen broccoli florets directly in the casserole dish and then in the oven will cause it to thaw while cooking, making the casserole watery.
Can I use frozen broccoli instead of fresh?
Yes! You'll just want to make sure that you thaw it first and drain any excess liquid before adding it to the casserole.
What can I serve with this casserole?
More Casserole Recipes
If you liked this recipe, we have plenty more easy casserole recipes on the blog for you to try next!
Check these out:
- Cauliflower casserole
- Vegetable casserole
- Cheeseburger casserole
- Chicken noodle casserole
- Chicken cauliflower casserole
- Corn casserole with cream cheese
- Million dollar spaghetti casserole
- 1.5lb. fresh broccoli steamed slightly (or frozen thawed)
- ⅓ cup butter, divided in half, one half melted
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ½ cup milk
- 6oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed
- Salt, to taste
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup crackers, crushed
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch baking dish with some oil, cooking spray, or butter.
- Melt half the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the flour and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the milk and Velveeta cheese. As the cheese melts, add the eggs and whisk until you have a smooth mixture. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and whisk to combine.
- Place the steamed broccoli into a baking dish. Pour the Velveeta cheese mixture over the broccoli.
- In a bowl, combine crushed crackers with the rest of the melted butter.
- Sprinkle the crackers over the broccoli.
- Bake the broccoli casserole for 15-20 minutes.
- Serve warm.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 11g