Broccoli is simmered in a cheesy sauce before being baked with a crunchy topping for a flavorful side dish even your kids will enjoy.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Crumble:
Filling:

Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Mix flour, bread crumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and five-spice powder together in a bowl. Cut in 1 1/2 tablespoons butter using your fingers until mixture resembles pebbles. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

  • Cut the stem off the broccoli and use a spiralizer to cut into ribbons. Cut the head into florets.

  • Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; saute until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add cornstarch, pepper, and nutmeg; mix well until roux begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add milk, stirring continuously, and continue to cook until sauce begins to thicken, 3 to 4 minutes more. Mix in 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese. Stir in broccoli until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour mixture into a baking dish.

  • Top mixture with remaining Cheddar cheese. Sprinkle crumble mixture evenly over the top. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the crumble has browned and sauce is bubbling, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

380 calories; protein 13.8g 28% DV; carbohydrates 32.1g 10% DV; fat 22.6g 35% DV; cholesterol 63mg 21% DV; sodium 382.6mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2019
I made this for my family and we enjoyed it as a main dish. My toddler loved it, as did everyone! It's a yummy way to enjoy a big plateful of veggies as a main dish, and a great way to get kids to eat their veg. The crumble topping was especially delicious. Thank you for a wonderful recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/21/2020
This recipe was confusing. In the introduction, the submitter said the broccoli simmered before putting it in the oven. However, the instructions didn't say anything about that. I didn't have the particular spice, but it still had a good taste. My topping wasnt done even after 25 min, so I put it under the broiler for 2 1/2 min to crunch it up a bit. The broccoli was still very hard. I don't like it mushy, but I do like it done. Hubby liked it so if I make it again, I will par boil the broccoli a little first. I will use less flour. I will use slightly more milk, and more cheese. It took more time to prepare and bake than suggested. Read More
(1)
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2019
I made this for my family and we enjoyed it as a main dish. My toddler loved it, as did everyone! It's a yummy way to enjoy a big plateful of veggies as a main dish, and a great way to get kids to eat their veg. The crumble topping was especially delicious. Thank you for a wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2020
Yes! Thank you! A broccoli casserole that isn't fake cheese and canned ingredients. I was looking for a recipe that would use a real cheese sauce that began with a roux and finally found it here. This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you. It was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2020
I have not made it but contemplating trying it with frozen broccoli. I don't want to go out for fresh because we are obeying the "shelter in place" orders. I will post my results. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/21/2020
This recipe was confusing. In the introduction, the submitter said the broccoli simmered before putting it in the oven. However, the instructions didn't say anything about that. I didn't have the particular spice, but it still had a good taste. My topping wasnt done even after 25 min, so I put it under the broiler for 2 1/2 min to crunch it up a bit. The broccoli was still very hard. I don't like it mushy, but I do like it done. Hubby liked it so if I make it again, I will par boil the broccoli a little first. I will use less flour. I will use slightly more milk, and more cheese. It took more time to prepare and bake than suggested. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2020
This recipe is very good. I did not have the five spice so I used nutmeg. I followed someone else's advice on adding an extra 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk. I did so as I noticed that the mix was falling short of roux to cover the broccoli. I added salt too and it was just perfect! It's a pretty good recipe for using up an entire head of broccoli plus as a stand alone recipe, is very good meal on it's own. Just add crusty bread to clean up the plate. WILL ABSOLUTELY MAKE IT AGAIN! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
04/10/2020
It tasted like brocolli pie and it was just kinda weird tasting. All I could taste was the nutmeg. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2019
this was very good! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/08/2020
My topping never bubbled or crumbled. It didn't brown until I added extra butter after-the-fact. Did I do something wrong? I used panko. Maybe that made a difference. It seemed like a small amount of butter. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2019
Pretty good. I would probably increase milk to 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups. I would make again. I used panko for the breadcrumbs. Liked the 5 spice in the topping. Read More
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