Broccoli Cheddar Casserole with Crackers

broccoli cheddar casserole topped with ritz crackers or saltines with a spoon

A creamy, cheesy, comforting broccoli cheddar casserole with ritz crackers (or saltines) is the perfect weeknight dish, potluck recipe or holiday side. This one is a hit at all my family functions!

  • Author: Sarah | Away From the Box
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb. fresh broccoli crown
  • 1 lb american cheese, sliced from the deli counter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 sleeve saltines or ritz crackers


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 2.5 qt casserole dish.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring lightly salted water to a boil. Separate the broccoli crown(s) into smaller bite-sized florets. Trim off any excess stem and dice. Boil the broccoli florets and stems for two minutes, then immediately drain and plunge them into ice cold water to blanch.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the diced onion and saute 3-5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent.
  4. Add the milk and stir, then turn the heat down to medium low. Tear the cheese slices into smaller portions and gradually add them to the pot. Stir and make sure the cheese is fully melted before adding more.
  5. In the greased casserole dish, place the cooked rice, broccoli and cheese sauce. Crush half of the sleeve of saltines or ritz crackers over the top and mix thoroughly.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes uncovered. Remove and stir, then crumble the other half of the crackers on top and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve warm.


The American cheese can be substituted with Kraft’s Deli Deluxe American (usually found in pre-packaged cheese sections of the store) if a fresh option is unavailable.

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