Fresh Broccoli Casserole with 4 Ingredients – A Simple Broccoli Casserole Without Soup

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Are you looking for the best ever broccoli casserole recipe?  This fresh broccoli casserole with 4 ingredients is cheesy, buttery, crunchy and perfect.  Fresh broccoli, butter, Ritz crackers and American cheese combine for a simple broccoli casserole without soup.

Are you looking for the best ever broccoli casserole recipe?  This fresh broccoli casserole with 4 ingredients is cheesy, buttery, crunchy and perfect.  Fresh broccoli, butter, Ritz crackers and American cheese combine for a family-pleasing side dish.

Simple Broccoli Casserole

While flipping through one of my favorite vintage cookbooks, Savory Samplings, I stumbled upon this easy broccoli casserole with 4 ingredients – broccoli, butter, American cheese (Velveeta), and butter crackers (Ritz). This is my type of recipe.  I almost always have all these ingredients in my refrigerator and pantry.

Since I had all 4 ingredients for the cheesy broccoli casserole with Ritz crackers, I whipped it up for Father’s Day.  My niece went bananas for it.  After her third helping, it was apparent that this broccoli casserole with Ritz crackers recipe is a winner.

I love how this broccoli casserole recipe uses fresh broccoli instead of frozen.  Not that I have anything against frozen broccoli, because I use it all the time.  But fresh broccoli is the way to go in this casserole.

Are you looking for the best ever broccoli casserole recipe?  This fresh broccoli casserole with 4 ingredients is cheesy, buttery, crunchy and perfect.  Fresh broccoli, butter, Ritz crackers and American cheese combine for a family-pleasing side dish.

Broccoli Casserole Without Soup

Many broccoli casserole recipes include some type of cream soup in the ingredient list, but this one is a fresh broccoli casserole without soup.

This version of broccoli casserole with Ritz crackers is old-fashioned, which is right up our alley.

Some of our other favorite vintage casserole recipes include Old Fashioned Eggplant Casserole , Sour Cream Zucchini Casserole, Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole and Potato Casserole with Rice Krispies.

We think any of these casseroles would be great paired with these Crock Pot Pork Roast and Gravy or Old-Fashioned Farmhouse Iowa Ham Balls (meatballs) from Farmwife Feeds.

Simple Broccoli Casserole Ingredient List

Fresh Broccoli

Ritz Crackers, crushed

Velveeta (Cheese Melt)

Butter, melted


How to Make Fresh Broccoli Casserole with Ritz Crackers

  1. Steam fresh broccoli; drain.
  2. Return broccoli to the warm pan; add butter and Velveeta and cover pan.
  3. After 5 minutes, stir the broccoli until the cheese is melted.
  4. Pour broccoli  mixture into a prepared pan; top with crushed butter crackers.
  5. Melt remaining butter and pour over crackers.
  6. Bake until golden brown.

For full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for Cheesy Broccoli Casserole with Ritz Cracker recipe, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Are you looking for the best ever broccoli casserole recipe?  This fresh broccoli casserole with 4 ingredients is cheesy, buttery, crunchy and perfect.  Fresh broccoli, butter, Ritz crackers and American cheese combine for a family-pleasing side dish.

How to cut fresh broccoli for a casserole?

Follow these easy steps to cut up a head of broccoli for your favorite broccoli casserole.

  1. Remove any leaves from the stems of the broccoli.
  2. Wash broccoli with cold water, and shake dry.  Pat with a paper towel to completely dry, if needed.
  3. Take a sharp knife, trim off a small slice at the end of the stalk and discard.
  4. Separate the florets from the stem.
  5. Cut each floret into bite-sized pieces.
  6. Peel the tough outer edge of the broccoli stems, and discard.
  7. Cut the peeled stems into bite-sized pieces.

NOTES ABOUT FRESH BROCCOLI CASSEROLE WITH 4 INGREDIENTS:

  • You can use a 9 x 9 inch or 8 x 8 inch baking dish or a 2 quart baking dish for this fresh broccoli casserole with Ritz crackers recipe.
  • This recipe for cheesy broccoli casserole involves a 2 step cooking process; first you steam the broccoli, and later on you bake in the oven. For that reason, I recommend steaming the broccoli until barely tender in the first step. This will prevent your broccoli from becoming too mushy later on.
  • Fresh broccoli casserole recipe obviously calls for fresh broccoli, but if you could go ahead and sub in frozen broccoli.  Cook according to package instructions, and drain well.
  • Cheesy broccoli casserole calls for American cheese in the original recipe. I always use Velveeta or generic cheese melt when a recipe calls for American cheese.
  • This recipe calls for 1/2 pound American cheese.  Most blocks of Velveeta or cheese melt are 2 pounds.  To measure out 1/2 pound, do as follows:
    • With a knife, cut the block into half. Each half would be 1 pound.
    • Take one half, and cut in half again.  Each piece is 1/2 pound. This is what the recipe calls for.

Are you looking for the best ever broccoli casserole recipe?  This fresh broccoli casserole with 4 ingredients is cheesy, buttery, crunchy and perfect.  Fresh broccoli, butter, Ritz crackers and American cheese combine for a family-pleasing side dish.

 

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Fresh broccoli casserole without soup has 4 ingredients (broccoli, Ritz, butter and cheese) and is cheesy, buttery, crunchy and perfect.
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Fresh Broccoli Casserole with 4 Ingredients - A Simple Broccoli Casserole Without Soup

Are you looking for the best ever broccoli casserole recipe?  This fresh broccoli casserole with 4 ingredients is cheesy, buttery, crunchy and perfect.  Fresh broccoli, butter, Ritz crackers and American cheese combine for a family-pleasing side dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Casserole, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli casserole, broccoli casserole with ritz crackers, broccoli casserole without soup, cheesy broccoli casserole, fresh broccoli casserole, simple broccoli casserole
Servings: 8
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 4-6 cups fresh broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 pound velveeta or cheese melt
  • 1 sleeve butter crackers (Ritz)

Instructions

  • Steam broccoli until just barely fork tender (do not over cook); drain.
    Fresh broccoli casserole without soup has 4 ingredients (broccoli, Ritz, butter and cheese) and is cheesy, buttery, crunchy and perfect.
  • Return drained broccoli to the warm pan; add 2 Tablespoons butter and Velveeta. Cover with the lid but do not turn heat back on. The warmth of the pan will soften the cheese and butter. After 5 minutes, remove lid and stir until melted and blended.
    Fresh broccoli casserole without soup has 4 ingredients (broccoli, Ritz, butter and cheese) and is cheesy, buttery, crunchy and perfect.
  • Pour into a greased 2 quart or 9x9 inch baking dish.
  • Cover with crushed butter crackers.
  • Melt remaining 6 Tablespoons of butter. Pour over buttered crackers on casserole.
    Fresh broccoli casserole without soup has 4 ingredients (broccoli, Ritz, butter and cheese) and is cheesy, buttery, crunchy and perfect.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown.
    Fresh broccoli casserole without soup has 4 ingredients (broccoli, Ritz, butter and cheese) and is cheesy, buttery, crunchy and perfect.

Notes

  • Love broccoli casserole? Try this Old Fashioned Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole.
  • This recipe for cheesy broccoli casserole involves a 2 step cooking process; first you steam the broccoli, and later on you bake in the oven. For that reason, I recommend steaming the broccoli until barely tender in the first step. This will prevent your broccoli from becoming too mushy later on.
  • Fresh broccoli casserole recipe obviously calls for fresh broccoli, but if you could go ahead and sub in frozen broccoli.  Cook according to package instructions, and drain well.
  • Cheesy broccoli casserole calls for American cheese in the original recipe. I always use Velveeta or generic cheese melt when a recipe calls for American cheese.
  • This recipe calls for 1/4 pound American cheese.  Most blocks of Velveeta or cheese melt are 2 pounds.  To measure out 1/4 pound, do as follows:
    • With a knife, cut the block into half. Each half would be 1 pound.
    • Take one half, and cut in half again.  Each piece is 1/2 pound. This is what the recipe calls for.

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11 Comments

    1. Oh my, that’s an oops on our part, Margaret! It’s 1/2 pound of cheese. Thanks for asking and we’ve corrected the copy in the post to reflect this.

      1. Thanks for the clarification. I will be making this later in the week when my family arrive from the U.S.

    1. We haven’t attempted to prepare ahead of time and bake later. If you do try it, you might want to wait to add the crackers and butter until right before baking it so they don’t soften.

      1. I have made ahead of time many times and as suggested just wait to add the crackers and butter until right before baking. This is so easy and delicious. Just make sure broccoli is cooked to your desired tenderness. Yummy!

  1. I made this for Christmas dinner. I used fresh broccoli and I used a good cheddar that I would normally put out for cheese and crackers, that I grated myself, and the other 1/2 of the amount of cheese was a pre grated cheddar mixture. It came out great and was a big hit with the entire family. Not a crumb left on the dish, even though I did do 1&1/2 times the recipe. This is a keeper.

  2. Ug, thank you thank you!! This is exactly what I was looking for! I grew up making this and used to know how to do it but heart. But after nearly 10yrs of going gluten and dairy free because of allergies, I’ve forgotten how to make it. I recently had some gf crackers that tasted like ritz (schar brand if anything is curious). So now i wanna try making a small dish for me with my allergy friendly subs, and the real deal for my family. But when I looked for a recipe, everyone is adding cream of chicken soup and onions to the mix!! Thanks for sharing this classic, can’t wait to give it a try 😁

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