12 Recipes That Prove Broccoli and Cheese Are a Perfect Match

It's an Irresistible Combination

Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Diana Rattray

Peanut butter and jelly. Bread and butter. Milk and cookies. Some foods pair together so naturally, you can hardly imagine eating them any other way. Add broccoli and cheese to that list of heavenly matches. Whether as a tasty side by itself or added to carbs and meat as a delicious main, you'll want to try all of the recipes on this list. Fresh or frozen broccoli works in most of these preparations, but you have better control over the texture if you use fresh florets.

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    Basic Broccoli and Cheese Sauce

    Easy Broccoli with Cheese Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    Dress up the humble crucifer with a velvety cheese sauce that will have even picky eaters running for seconds. American cheese melts down nice and creamy, so don't substitute other cheeses if you want to replicate the texture. A dash of cayenne pepper gives it a little kick.

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    Broccoli Casserole with Cheese

    Broccoli Rice Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    This broccoli casserole with eggs and shredded cheddar makes a great side dish for a special occasion, but it's also easy enough to make on a weekday. It bakes up nice and fluffy and creamy, thanks to the addition of eggs and half-and-half. Vary the cheese for a different flavor.

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    Ham and Broccoli Casserole

    ham, broccoli, and cheese casserole

    Diana Rattray 

    A buttery, crumb-topped casserole makes excellent use of leftover ham. You can also use purchased deli ham, if you don't have any to use. A creamy cheese sauce holds it all together and panko breadcrumb topping gives it a nice crunch.

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    Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

    Broccoli Mac and Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    Turn macaroni and cheese into a main meal by adding broccoli and diced ham or bacon. While this recipe calls for frozen broccoli, fresh also works well. Just steam the broccoli until crisp-tender before adding it to the dish, since it won't cook fully in this preparation.

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    Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup

    Broccoli Cheese Soup

    Diana Rattray

    This simple slow cooker soup only calls for four ingredients so you can put it together in a snap. Cheez Whiz has the perfect texture and it's all made creamier thanks to a can of cream of celery. You can use cream of mushroom for added cheesiness, too. When blending the soup, never fill the blender more than halfway, so it doesn't overflow and scald you.

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    French Broccoli Gratin

    Gratin broccoli and cauliflower
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    In France, a gratin features a sturdy vegetable baked with a light cheese and breadcrumb covering. Broccoli works well in a classic gratin because it holds up well when baking. Cantal cheese gives this dish a nice nutty flavor, but cheddar can be subbed in, too. A little sage adds a lovely herbal complexity that really elevates the dish.

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    Broccoli Cheese Roll

    Broccoli and Cheese Puff Pastry Roll

    Miri Rotkovitz

    Serve this mild, flaky broccoli and cheese roll as a pretty appetizer or a light main meal with a green salad on the side. If you prefer a more assertive flavor, add a little chopped garlic, a pinch of nutmeg or other spices, or some herbs to the mix. Remember to thaw the puff pastry completely before starting preparation.

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    Creamy Broccoli Pasta

    Creamy Broccoli Pasta With Parmesan Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    Grated Parmesan cheese, butter, and heavy cream give this pesto-like broccoli pasta a rich consistency with a delightfully fresh flavor that's perfect for springtime. Fresh basil tastes best, but you can also use dried. Try adding a clove or two of garlic for a little more zest.

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    Versatile Broccoli Quiche

    Broccoli Quiche

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    Like most quiches, this broccoli and cheese version lends itself well to experimentation. It tastes great with Swiss or cheddar, but would work with any variety you prefer. Mushrooms give it a nice earthiness, but diced ham, bacon, or crumbled sausage would add a meaty element. Use either a homemade fresh pastry shell or a frozen one, depending on how much time you have.

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    Broccoli Cheese Dip

    Crock of Broccoli and Cheddar dip
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    Break out the crackers or toast up some crostini for this simple and addictive slow cooker broccoli and cheese dip. Serve it right out of the slow cooker at a game-day party or movie night to keep it warm and gooey. It tastes very similar to classic broccoli and cheese soup, but in dip form. Note that this recipe makes a large batch; cut it in half for a smaller get-together.

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    Grilled Broccoli and Parmesan

    Grilled Borccoli with Parmesan, photo by Katie Workman/themom100.com

    Katie Workman/themom100.com

    Grilling broccoli brings out its natural sweetness, so even those who profess not to like the vegetable will come around. Let the broccoli sit in the pan or on the grill until it gets a little charred, making sure to use a grill basket if the florets are small so they don't fall through. A garlic and lemon juice marinade gives it a delicious zip and nutty Parmesan cheese rounds it all out.

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    Chicken and Broccoli Ziti Bake

    Chicken Broccoli Ziti Alfredo Bake

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    Warm, comforting chicken ziti Alfredo comes together quickly when you use jarred alfredo sauce, frozen broccoli florets, and a rotisserie chicken. Leftover chicken would also work well or you can substitute other types of protein if you prefer. Ziti soaks up the sauce best, but other shapes will also work in a pinch.