Cheesy Ground Beef & Broccoli Casserole


This cheesy ground beef and broccoli casserole is comfort food the whole family can get behind. It's assembled and baked all in one skillet and finished in 30 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight meal.

cheesy ground beef broccoli casserole
Photo: Christine Ma
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pound 90%-lean ground beef

  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cups chopped broccoli

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 ½ cups nonfat milk

  • 4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • cup panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon paprika


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Cook ground beef and onion in a large broiler-safe nonstick skillet over medium heat, breaking the beef into bite-size pieces with a wooden spoon, until the beef is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Add broccoli; cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Add flour, sage and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until the beef and vegetables are well coated in the flour mixture, about 1 minute.

  2. Add milk and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cream cheese and Cheddar until melted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in salt and pepper.

  3. Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the mixture in the skillet.

  4. Broil the casserole until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the edges are bubbling, 1 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

528 Calories
30g Fat
25g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 528
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 38g 76%
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Vitamin A 1979IU 40%
Vitamin C 55mg 61%
Vitamin D 53IU 13%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 80mcg 20%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 746mg 32%
Calcium 407mg 31%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 62mg 15%
Potassium 790mg 17%
Zinc 7mg 64%
Vitamin B12 3mcg 125%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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