Broccoli Cheese is a delicious and comforting make-ahead side dish that even the biggest vegetable dodgers will love. It's creamy and indulgent, and the best way to enjoy broccoli. Move over cauliflower cheese, there is a new cheesy vegetable side dish in town and this broccoli cheese recipe will seriously impress!
About this broccoli cheese
We are always looking for new ways to enjoy vegetables, and smothering them in a homemade cheese sauce is definitely the way to go. If you love cauliflower cheese, but are looking for something a little different then broccoli cheese is the way to go.
We love roasted broccoli, but this might just be our favourite way to eat it. Everything is better with cheese sauce, right? You can prepare it all in advance and then just put it in the oven when you are ready to cook it.
Kids love it too and it's easily doubled or tripled, so great for feeding a crowd.
A creamy side dish that is a must with a roast dinner. If you are looking for some more side dishes to try, then why not try our Garlic Spring Greens, Roasted Tenderstem Broccoli, Hasselback Potatoes or Roasted Butternut Squash.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Broccoli - This is the star of the cheesy broccoli dish. You could use frozen and then defrosted broccoli, but we always like to use fresh. You could even do half and half with cauliflower.
- Cheese sauce - This is broccoli with a cheese sauce. You could use a store bought cheese sauce, but it is so easy to make your own with butter, flour, milk and cheese. We added cheddar, however you could add a mixture of cheese that melts well.
- Mustard - This adds a really nice flavour to the cheese sauce, however you can leave it out if your prefer. We used dijon, but you could swap it for English mustard of wholegrain.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make Broccoli Cheese - Step by step
Prep: Preheat your oven to 190°C/170°C(fan)/375°F/Gas 5
One: Put the broccoli in a pan of boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain and put in a large baking dish.
Two: Make the cheese sauce by putting the milk, flour and butter in a sauce pan on a gentle heat. Whisk as the butter melts and the sauce starts to thicken. This will take 3-4 minutes. Add the cheese and mustard and whisk until melted. Take a look at our cheese sauce recipe.
Three: Pour the cheese sauce on the broccoli and mix well. Put into the oven for 30 minutes.
This cheese sauce is SO easy to make. Like, so easy to make that you will be wondering why you have ever bought it. It is just butter, flour and milk whisked together until thickened and then melt some cheese into it. You can then add a little mustard to give it some extra flavour.
Once you have the recipe for the perfect cheese sauce, it has so many uses. You can use it to make an epic macaroni cheese.
We love any dish that is easy to adapt and this broccoli cheese bake is definitely one of them. If you can't decide between broccoli cheese and cauliflower cheese, then why not combine them!
If can also make it an all-rounder side dish by par-boiling some diced potatoes and mixing it into the cheese sauce with the broccoli.
Want to make it more indulgent? Then some cooked chopped bacon is the way to go.
We used a mature cheddar, however you can use Parmesan, Mozzarella or Gruyere too. It needs to be a strong flavour cheese, unless you want the broccoli to be the main flavour.
This is a must with any roast dinner. However, we also love it on a crispy baked potato, or you can stir it through some cooked spaghetti. If you are having it with a roast dinner though, here are our favourite roast dinner recipes:
- Perfect Roast Chicken
- Garlic and Parsley Roasted Carrots
- Vegetable Mash
- Slow Cooker Roast Beef
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Mustard and Honey Roasted Parsnips
- The BEST Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Red Cabbage
- Easy Cauliflower Cheese
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Balsamic and Garlic Roasted Cauliflower
You will know if it is too thin once you have made the cheese sauce, and that is the point where you want to thicken it. Add a little bit more flour, a little at a time and whisk it well until you have the desired thickness.
Yes, this is a great side dish to make in advance, making it perfect for Christmas Day when you have enough to be getting on with. Cook the broccoli and then mix it with the cheese sauce in a baking dish. Then, allow to cool fully and cover it in cling film and then put it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Then you can remove it from the fridge and put it in the oven. It may take a little while longer to cook as it has come out of the fridge.
Once it is fully cooled, you can transfer it to air tight containers and then it will store in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat it in the oven or microwave.
Yes, you definitely can. Once it is fulled cooled, you can store it in a freezeable container in the fridge for up to 2 months. You can also freeze it uncooked, but it will take longer to cook rather than just reheating.
More broccoli recipes
- 2 head Broccoli
- 500 ml (2 cups) Whole milk
- 4 tablespoon Plain flour - all purpose
- 50 g (0.25 cups) Butter
- 1 teaspoon English mustard
- 100 g (1 cups) Cheddar cheese
- Preheat your oven to 190°C/170°C(fan)/375°F/Gas 5.
- Put florets from 2 head Broccoli in a pan of boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain and put in a large baking dish.
- Make the cheese sauce by putting 500 ml Whole milk, 4 tablespoon Plain flour and 50 g Butter into a sauce pan on a gentle heat. Whisk as the butter melts and the sauce starts to thicken. This will take 3-4 minutes. Add 100 g Cheddar cheese and 1 teaspoon English mustard and whisk until the cheese has melted.
- Pour the cheese sauce on the broccoli and mix well. Put into the oven for 30 minutes.
- You can use dijon, wholegrain or English mustard in the cheese sauce, or just leave it out.
- Make sure that the broccoli is all cut to the same size so that it cooks evenly.
- Add a crispy topping to this side, by sprinkling it with Parmesan before putting it in the oven.
- You could even mix some panko breadcrumbs in to the parmesan before sprinkling on top, to make it really crispy.
- Why not swap half the broccoli for cauliflower?
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.