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 ½ 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
- 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
- ⅓ 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?