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I have to admit something. Sometimes, we eat leftovers 3 or 4 times from the same original meal. This week was one of them. I was out of town for work one night. So, before I left I threw some Italian Beef in the crock pot so the hubby wouldn’t have to think about supper. What I should have done is written down the recipe for this one pan cheesy broccoli, rice, and walnut casserole.
But, when I got home the next night, I asked him what he fed with the Italian Beef. His response, pears. Ugh. Sides for the meat…veggies cross your mind dear. So, decided I needed to come up with some quick sides for my hunks of meat.
I love broccoli and rice casseroles, but usually, it takes a short time to make it and then at least another 30 minutes to bake. Not ideal for a weeknight for this working mom. So, I decided I was going to try to create a stove top recipe for broccoli and rice casserole. And it turned out fantastic! One pan cheesy broccoli, rice, and walnut casserole combines a boxed rice pilaf mix with steamed broccoli, cheese and creamed soup for an easy, fancied up side dish.
One Pan Cheesy Broccoli, Rice, and Walnut Casserole
I started with making a box of rice pilaf or long grain rice mix or even a box of broccoli flavored rice. You know what I am talking about.
With about five minutes left on the rice, I threw one of those microwave steam packages of broccoli in the microwave. A girl’s best friend if you haven’t tried them. I love the fact that Costco sells them in mass quantity.
Then I grabbed the ingredients that would make this “edible” in my husaband’s view. Yep, a can of cream of mushroom soup and some cheese. I use a cup of shredded cheese. Use what you have. I had sharp cheddar.
Mix the soup and cheese into the rice.
Then mix the broccoli into the rice mixture. I added about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. This is optional but added a crunch and of course nutty flavor that I loved.
Once the cheese is all melted, you are ready to serve!
Everyone enjoyed it, but some more than others. What is important is I now I have another side dish recipe the husband can concur when I am traveling. One pan cheesy, broccoli, and walnut casserole will be a regular at our house.
One pan cheesy, broccoli, and walnut casserole is a simple side dish that can be made on the stovetop in less than 30 minutes.
- 1 box rice pilaf, 7-8 ounce box
- 10 ounce bag steamer broccoli
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 10 ounce can of cream of mushroom soup
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Prepare rice pilaf according to the box instructions. When the rice is 5 minutes from being done, steam broccoli in the microwave.
When rice is done, stir in the broccoli, cream of mushroom soup, cheese, and walnuts.
Keep warm until ready to serve.
Now, that you know what my sides are for the week, show me your meat! What do you all have cooking this week?