Easy Broccoli With Cheese Sauce

Easy broccoli cheese recipe

The Spruce / Chosen Posture

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
108 Calories
3g Fat
12g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 500mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 11g
Calcium 321mg 25%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple cheese sauce transforms this everyday broccoli into a glorious side dish. You'll have it ready in no time, and your whole family will love it, kids included. To top it off, you can use either frozen or fresh broccoli spears or florets. 


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  • 16 ounces frozen broccoli spears or florets (or 1 pound of fresh broccoli florets)
  • 12 ounces shredded or cubed American cheese
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional: Dash ground cayenne or hot sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Steam or boil the broccoli following package instructions. 

  2. If using fresh broccoli, steam in a covered saucepan over simmering water for 4 to 5 minutes, just until tender. 

  3. In a medium saucepan or saucier over medium heat, combine remaining ingredients. Heat, stirring frequently, until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth, about 7 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.

  4. Pour sauce over broccoli arranged on a serving platter or in a bowl, or serve sauce separately.