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Broccoli Cheese Bake

Here’s a handy and versatile side that’s creamy, colorful and bursting with flavor and nutrition. Pair it with almost any entree for a terrific meal. —Deborah Patrauchuk, Sicamous, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 2/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place 1 in. of water and broccoli in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch, salt, pepper and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Stir in onion and cheddar cheese until cheese is melted. Drain broccoli; stir into cheese sauce.
  • Transfer to a 1-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, covered, until vegetables are tender, 25-30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 106 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 224mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 high-fat meat, 1 vegetable.

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  • LeslieH
    Mar 13, 2017

    Loved the flavour of the cheese and onion, but like one other person, I too found the sauce a bit runny. Wonder if I drained it well enough or should have let it sit in a strainer for a bit. I will add a bit more cornstarch the next time I make this.

  • sdipiazza
    Oct 15, 2015

    This was easy to make . I didn't bake it but simmered on the top of the stove. The sauce was really thick and needed to be thinned out a bit. Could have used a bit more salt. Simmering the broccoli for 3-5 minutes was too much. The broccoli was mushy. Next time I'll simmer only 2 min.

  • sdcowgirl
    Jan 13, 2014

    I thought this was a great side dish. The sauce was thick and creamy and I did cut back on the onion a bit but over all easy and great.

  • mrscrazyed1
    Jan 6, 2014

    Did not care for this at all. The onion overwhelmed the broccoli and, contrary to ConnieK, we found the sauce too runny.

  • ConnieK
    Nov 29, 2013

    This was good. The sauce came out thicker than I expected, could use more liquid in it. May add a little chicken broth the next time I make it.

  • mmbreen
    May 30, 2013

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  • maritab
    Feb 25, 2013

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  • JBinney
    Jul 21, 2011

    LOVE this recipe!!!

  • yankeesfan247
    Apr 2, 2011


  • asabot
    Jan 15, 2011

    This recipe was good, but nothing special. It works though if you're just looking for a standard broccoli cheese recipe.