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Broccoli and Cheese Baked Potato Casserole

This broccoli and cheese baked potato casserole is a super easy dinner with just 5 ingredients plus spices! Vegetarian, gluten-free.

Broccoli and cheese baked potato casserole with parsley, with one plated serving

Who doesn't like a good baked potato?

They are pretty easy, customizable, and can be pretty healthy if you do them right.

I don't eat them often, but they sure are a good way to have a filling meal with a variety of topping options.

You know what's even easier than a baked potato?

A baked potato casserole!

portrait of baked potato casserole dish

My heart was set on broccoli and cheese, and I was disappointed I didn't have broccoli in the fridge.

THEN I remembered, I happened to have bags of riced broccoli saved in my freezer for reasons just like these. (Trader Joe's for the win!)

If you don't have riced broccoli (or don't feel like sticking it in a food processor) you can just roughly chop your florets and throw them in there.

A red bell pepper also made it's way in this batch, and while it is optional, it does add a good pop of color!

Potatoes, broccoli, bell pepper and spices in a casserole pan

Did I mention you don't have to cook or boil the potatoes first?

Just chop them up and throw them in. You don't even need to peel if they are organic!

Everything just cooks right there in the pan.

It's a true chop & dump kind of casserole.

That's probably not the right saying, but you get the idea.

Broccoli and cheese baked potato casserole with parsley

While the most common baked potato is a russet potato, I actually used Yukon gold. They have a little more flavor but aren't all that different texture-wise.

I bake until the main ingredients until potatoes are tender and then add the cheese until it melts.

SO easy!

Broccoli and cheese baked potato casserole with parsley, with spoon scoop

As with a lot of recipes, I think herbs are really important here. Drizzling the potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper is a must and any more spices will really help the flavors pop.

I used dried thyme in the potatoes and fresh parsley on top.

Other herb options that go well with baked potatoes: oregano, paprika, garlic, chives.

Broccoli and cheese baked potato casserole with parsley, with one plated serving

This will serve about 4 as a meal, and up to 8 as a side. Enjoy!

Landscape of baked potato casserole dish

 

Yield: 4 as a meal

Broccoli and Cheese Baked Potato Casserole

Broccoli and cheese baked potato casserole with parsley, with one plated serving

This broccoli and cheese baked potato casserole is a super easy dinner with just 5 ingredients plus spices! Vegetarian, gluten-free.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes* (about 5 gold potatoes), cut into 1 inch cubes = 5 cups
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 15 oz. bag of riced broccoli (about 2 1/2 cups), or about 3 1/2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2-4 tablespoons butter, cut in slices
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a casserole dish (I used a 9x13), add chopped potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat with spoon or hands.
  3. Add in broccoli and chopped bell pepper, and sprinkle with thyme. Top with slices of butter.
  4. Bake at 375°F. for 45-55 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender. Gently stir potatoes and then top with shredded cheese. Return to oven and bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Top with fresh parsley, if desired. Serve warm!

Notes

*Can also use Russet potatoes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 880Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 977mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 10gSugar: 6gProtein: 37g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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This broccoli and cheese baked potato casserole is a super easy dinner with just 5 ingredients plus spices! Vegetarian, gluten-free.

 

 

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Jessi

Saturday 25th of July 2020

I like this casserole. The potatoes were still a little crunchy after 50 minutes but I was okay with that. I made a lot.. too much really for my family of 3. Do you think this dish would freeze well?

Margarita Fernandez

Monday 9th of March 2020

We really liked them! The thym gives them a good aroma, and we add an onion to give them more flavor, worked well.

Heather

Friday 6th of March 2020

Was this supposed to be frozen riced broccoli? I used fresh and it’s burning before the potatoes are cooked. Going to put the cheese on and finish it off - just wondering in case I make it again.

Heather

Friday 6th of March 2020

Oh, never mind. I see it now. I didn’t read it well enough. Of course that makes sense. Next time ...

Gabriella M Sanford

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

this shit was garbage my husband damn near divorced because of this. i am not a troll i am being honest. thanks for the pizza cause this dish didnt Pan out (PUN INTENDED)

MD

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

Please excuse me if I missed seeing this in the recipe but did you thaw the riced broccoli/florets first or add them frozen?