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Healthy Comfort Food - Broccoli, Rice and 3 Cheeses Casserole

April 27, 2020

Target Healthy Eating

This recipe has turned out to be one of our favorite, most cooked, good things to eat. If some of the photos look like they were taken at different times, it's because they were. That's how often this easy casserole is made and loved. Hope you readers will try it and feel the same way we do. This is the ultimate comfort food. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Warm and flavorful with gooey cheese, this is the perfect brunch, lunch, or simple supper. With guests we serve this delicious casserole with Dover sole and chilled white wine, like Sauvignon blanc or Pouilly-Fuisse or Pinot Grigio. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Always moist without drowning in liquid, warm and gooey, this recipe goes fast with everyone always asking for more. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Here's our favorite combo, the broccoli-rice-cheese casserole, with Dover sole. Would also be delicious with chicken and any other fish or seafood. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Here's a brunch serving. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Lunch with salad and fruit. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Simple supper: Soup and broccoli-rice-cheese casserole, with warm French baguettes and butter - chilled white wine. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


2 cups of chicken stock or broth for cooking rice

2 onions, chopped well

4 garlic cloves ground with 4 anchovy fillets

10 more garlic cloves, sliced

1 cup jasmine or basmati rice “cook for 10 minutes“

3 cups broccoli florets or chopped broccoli

2 scallions, well chopped

1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

1 pinch white pepper

1 pinch black pepper

1 teaspoon dry oregano

1 Tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

1 teaspoon paprika

2 pinches chili flakes

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

1 can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom or 1 cup ricotta

1 cup white wine (NOT cooking wine, use regular white wine)

2 Tablespoons almond or soy milk or whole milk

2 Tablespoons sour cream

3 Tablespoons mayonnaise

1 cup freshly grated gruyere cheese

1 cup freshly shredded buffalo mozzarella cheese

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese for the topping

Bunch chives, chopped well for garnish


1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.     Cook your rice in broth instead of water, but cut 10 minutes from the usual cooking time.

3.     Do all your chopping, slicing, cutting, trimming, washing, rinsing, grating, measuring, now.

4.     Bake on 350 for 10 minutes or until your cheese is melted. Good luck!

Hopefully, all these ingredients wil be easy to obtain during quarantine lock-down. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
I have been told that people who don't usually like broccoli, love this recipe, so give it a try. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
About to trim and chop scallions. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Chopped scallions always add that extra flavor. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Chopping onions. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Getting ready to grind garlic and anchovies into a paste. When I use anchovies, I don't use salt. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

5.     To a large skillet with 1 Tablespoon melted butter, add your onions, anchovy-garlic paste, white part of the scallions and all the rest of the sliced garlic. Stir until well combined and soft. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC6.     Next, add the can of soup you've chosen, or ricotta cheese. Add all herbs and spices, stirring as you add each one. After all is well mixed, add the white wine and again, combine well. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

6.     Next, add the can of soup you've chosen, or ricotta cheese. Add all herbs and spices, stirring as you add each one. After all is well mixed, add the white wine and again, combine well. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

7.     To the skillet, add all the broccoli florets and mix together. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

8.     Add the nearly cooked rice. Then stir in the sour cream, milk, mayonnaise, gruyere and mozzarella, stirring while you add each ingredient. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

9.     With a spatula, scrape out the contents of the skillet into a large (oiled with olive oil or butter) baking dish. Before you put into the oven, cover the top with the freshly grated cheddar cheese. Then bake for 10 minutes or longer until the top has melted. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

Oh this smells so good, as I take casserole out of the oven. Garnish the top with chopped chives or chopped scallions (green part). Serve while piping hot and enjoy! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
At the top of the list of our favorite casseroles! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Although getting a delivery slot with FreshDirect is NOT easy, we've been able to get all of the above fresh fruit, when we are lucky enough to have it delivered. This was a tasty ending to our Dover Sole, broccoli/rice casserole dinner. Our favorite icy Pinot Grigio, worked well with everything. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

MetOpera was broadcasting Turandot, Saturday afternoon on WQXR, but since we have the Zefferelli production in our digital library, we watched that version of Turandot instead. Gorgeous voices, orchestra, set, lighting?..try to see this version if you can. We want to share with you the greatest tenor that ever lived, singing, Nessun dorma, from the final act of Turandot. This is one of the best known tenor arias, in all of opera. Enjoy!

PS: Beautiful music is helping us to get through this pandemic lock-in. Hang in there, dear readers, friends and colleagues. When this is all over, we'll enter a new era, which should be highly challenging and we'll be celebrating with you.

The best Nessun dorma - Luciano Pavarotti - Turandot - Puccini

Bon Appetit!

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