Last Updated on September 23, 2020 by YourFoodBuddy
This easy Keto Broccoli Cheese Casserole recipe is creamy, hearty and time-saving. Ready in 30 minutes but forever stuck in the mind as a delicious recipe that is a must-try.
Casserole magic is that you mix everything and put it into the oven to transform into a delicious dinner or lunch to feed the entire family. This comforting keto casserole is a dream for anyone seeking for time-saving recipes. Despite being very easy to make, this keto broccoli cheese casserole doesn’t miss to impress with its creamy texture and rich taste.
Is broccoli a Superfood?
Absolutely! Being part of the same cruciferous family like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, broccoli is considered a real health bath. Studies have shown that 100 grams of broccoli intake fulfill the human body with the needed daily dose of vitamin C.
Besides a concentrated dose of vitamin C, it is also a good source of vitamins of group B and K. The broccoli is likewise rich in mineral salts such as zinc and iron. This vegetable is strongly recommended in consumption to those suffering from diabetes and heart illnesses due to its antioxidant properties.
Therefore, check our broccoli recipes to take advantage of this vegetable and take care of your body:
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Creamy Chicken Broccoli Salad Recipe
Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado
Roasted Crunchy Broccoli Salad
How to choose broccoli?
The first thing to pay attention to when buying broccoli is the color. The more uniform and intense is the green, the fresher the vegetable is. Yellowish spots indicate that it has been harvested not so recently and that it is not the freshest. Also, observe the stalk. If the color of the edge differs from its middle part, it means that it is dehydrated, which indicates the fact that broccoli is not very fresh. Lastly, the consistency of the vegetable is also an indicator. It should be firm upon touching.
Ingredients for broccoli cheese casserole
The name says it all, the main ingredients of this easy to make the dish, is the broccoli and the cheese. Fresh broccoli florets are such a breath of freshness in this casserole. Their crunchiness and vivid green color is a delight, visual, and gustative. My recommendation is to use fresh, raw florets to benefit most of this vegetable. Frozen broccoli is also an option, however, always go for fresh veggies over the frozen ones.
You can add different kinds of cheese to make the taste more complex. Parmesan is a not-to-miss ingredient, and you can play with any cheeses such as cheddar cheese or mozzarella, or pecorino. Also, to add creaminess and liquidity to the composition, you need some heavy cream. If this last one seems too fat for you, feel free to replace the heavy cream with some sour cream or greek yogurt.
Don’t miss out on the spices to give more temper to the dish and balance the sweetness of the cheeses. Therefore, grab some salt, granulated garlic, and ground pepper.
Here’s the list of ingredients:
- Broccoli, one medium head
- Heavy cream 8 oz
- Sour cream 8 oz
- Shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup
- Shredded mozzarella, 1 cup
- Grated Parmesan, ½ cup
- Salt 1 tsp
- Ground pepper 1tsp
- Granulated garlic 1 tsp
How to make keto broccoli cheese casserole?
Put some water to boil in a pan and salt it. Meantime, wash the broccoli and cut its florets. Add the florets to the boiling water and let them soften a bit, that should take about 2-3 minutes. Drain the broccoli, set aside, and proceed to the next step.
Grab your grater because you’ll have to grate the cheeses. Or, you may buy already grated cheese to avoid extra work and mess. However, I prefer to do it myself because this is how I know that I use the freshest products out there.
Once you have the shredded cheese, put in all in one big bowl, add the heavy cream, the sour cream, and all the spices. Mix everything and taste for salt and pepper. If you find it just right, add the broccoli florets and mix them again to have them well coated in the creamy mass.
Use a medium baking pan to get the casserole cooked. There is no need to grease the walls of the baking pan because the ingredients of the dish are already very rich in fat. When the cheeses will get melted by high temperature, the fat will be released and that serves perfect to the composition not to stick to the walls of the pan.
Bake the keto broccoli cheese casserole
Preheat oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. When preheating, you are sure to put the preparation at the right temperature, thus, the cooking starts immediately. This way you avoid the casserole to undergo a thermal shock that could compromise its perfect success. The better the oven is preheated, the better the results.
Bake the casserole for 10 minutes or until you see a golden top. The top becomes slightly crispy and the melted cheese is an absolute delight.
Once the 10 minutes expire, take the casserole out of the oven and let it cool for about 20 minutes. It is an absolute must to allow it to cool down a bit, contrarily, you will get a runny mass and not a very beautiful aspect. Moreover, it will be hard to extract even portions out of the pan. Don’t forget that the keto broccoli casserole is mainly made out of different types of cheese, thus, it is a normal thing for it to need a little time to harden and get a steady shape.
How to serve the keto broccoli cheese casserole
After the steam has gone out and it has cooled for about 20 minutes, take a silicone spatula or a knife and cut as many portions as you like out of the casserole. Place it on a plate and serve as is.
Comforting Keto Broccoli Cheese Casserole
- baking pan
- 1 medium broccoli crown
- 8 oz heavy cream
- 2-3 tbsp sour cream
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 cup mozzarella shredded
- 1/2 cup parmesan shredded
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- Boil some water in a boiling pan. Add 1 tsp salt and the florets of a broccoli head to boil for 2 minutes
- Drain the broccoli and set aside
- Preheat oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes
- Shred the cheddar and the mozzarella cheese, place in a big bowl
- Add the sour cream and the heavy cream to the cheeses. Season with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. Mix
- Add the pre-boiled broccoli florets and coat well in the cheese mass
- Pour into a baking pan, use a spatula to even the surface
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden on top
- Take out of the oven and let cool for 20 minutes
- Serve with pleasure!