Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BROCCOLI RICE CASSEROLE RECIPE here was my contribution to our Thanksgiving dinner. This is kickin' it old school.  60's? 70's? 80's?  I'm not sure.  When was Cheez Whiz invented?  The 50's I guess?  Maybe this has been around that long.  There have been a ton of recipes, all a variation on a basic set of ingredients.

I had this dish almost monthly growing up and this is the recipe my Mom used.  I'm none the worse for wear all these years later (most would say so anyway, ha).  Is there any more non-food sounding name than "CHEEZ WHIZ"?  It's the magic ingredient. I know it's processed cheese, but I've tried making this with just regular cheese and it just seems like something is missing.

 Broccoli rice casserole ingredients

1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of milk (use the empty mushroom soup can)
2 cups cooked, fluffy rice
1 14oz jar of Cheez Whiz
1 pkg of frozen chopped broccoli partially thawed
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped mixed bell peppers (we like red/orange for the color)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt the butter in a skillet and add the celery, onion and peppers. 


Cook the rice. The classic recipe calls for Minute Rice, I figured we could at least have regular rice.  So I had 2nd Man cook up two cups of his wonderful fluffy rice and set aside...

Saute the onion, celery, pepper mixture until it just starts to have color and is softened...

In a large mixing bowl, put the rice and and add jar of Cheez Whiz, broccoli, cream of mushroom soup, one soup can of milk, and the sautéed vegetables.

Stir to combine...

Place in a greased casserole and top with shredded cheese...

Retro broccoli rice casserole 
Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly....

Broccoli cheese casserole
Remove from oven, let stand a bit and dish it up. We must say, this went SO well with the flavors of the ham as the main course and the glazed carrots.  We'll definitely be having it again. I caught 2nd Man going back in the fridge a couple times for some leftovers. 

So take a trip back in time and have this retro casserole in all its glory!


  1. I could eat just that casserole for dinner and be totally satisfied!

  2. I haven't had that in a long time. You've made me hungry for it!

  3. I ate Cheeze Whiz on a cracker once as a kid and thought it was disgusting, but your casserole sure looks good. Maybe it's time to try Cheese Whiz in a recipe.


  4. I have heard of this but I've never tried it before,, it sounds very cheesy!!Yum!!

  5. Actually, that could be dinner. I have a layered recipe that calls for pre-sliced American processed cheese that I made when my children were young. I decided to use real cheese and the recipe does not taste right, so I understand. If I made it the first time without Cheez whiz, it would probably taste okay to me.

  6. 1st Man,
    There's absolutely nothing wrong with going back to the refrigerator for seconds......especially when it's Thanksgiving :-)
    Looks good!!!

  7. Looks delicious now that I'm getting my appetite back; well somewhat anyway.
    Thanks 4 sharing the recipe

  8. My mom used to make this when I was a kid. Yum!


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