The lightened-up luscious sauce elevates this easy casserole recipe over standard broccoli and cheese side dishes.

Breana Killeen
Source:, November 2016


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Recipe Summary

40 mins
1 hr 5 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake until dry and crispy, about 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Steam broccoli until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Chop coarsely and spread evenly in the prepared baking dish.

  • Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter and the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook for 1 minute. While stirring, slowly pour in chicken broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in cream cheese, Worcestershire, pepper and salt, cook, stirring, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese. Pour the cheese sauce over the broccoli.

  • Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Combine the melted butter and the breadcrumbs in a medium bowl. Spread evenly over the broccoli mixture. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

  • Bake until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

225 calories; protein 10.9g; carbohydrates 13.1g; dietary fiber 3.2g; sugars 2.1g; fat 15.1g; saturated fat 7.8g; cholesterol 24.9mg; vitamin a iu 2623.1IU; vitamin c 72.9mg; folate 76.3mcg; calcium 214.7mg; iron 1.4mg; magnesium 33.7mg; potassium 411.5mg; sodium 330.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

Reviews (11)

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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 4 stars
I added 2 poached chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces panko bread crumbs rather than wheat bread 1 diced shallot & reduced the cheese to 1 cup. Very tasty but time consuming to prepare. Will make again when I have more time. Glad I have leftovers. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I made this exactly as stated but used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to keep it vegetarian. It was OK but not much taste and watery from the steamed broccoli. I won't make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a great recipe that everyone loved! I definitely recommend it but with a lot less work and cleanup. I used prepared bread crumbs, eliminating the use of a baking sheet and a food processor with all its components for two slices of bread. Also, I cut up the broccoli while raw, spread it in an ungreased glass baking dish, and microwaved for about two minutes, with no water, to soften not cook. Pot and steamer basket eliminated. I pretty much stuck to the rest of the script and will be making this again and again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
I haven't made this yet because I have some questions. I have very high cholesterol and blood pressure and need to make dietary changes. Do you think it would change the taste too much if I switched out butter for Benecol white whole wheat flour for regular flour and 2% cheese? Thanks. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Awesome! Didn't change a thing! Every time broccoli is on sale my boyfriend says " make the casserole!" Which is 2-3 times a month?? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really good basic recipe. I didn't have broccoli but did have a head of cauliflower so used that. I also had a couple pieces of cheese that needed to be used: colby jack mozzarella and some cheddar. So used all three to get the full amount o f cheese. Came out very well indeed. I can see this sauce being the base for a variety of "au gratin" dishes. Thanks Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this exactly as written it was great. Very tasty. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I love recipes that do not include canned soup or processed cheese! That being said I tried this one. It was a good base and I topped it off with ritz crackers. Read More