This Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Rice is the perfect easy one pan side dish that is loaded with tender broccoli and sharp cheddar cheese. This easy gluten free side is perfect for even your pickiest eaters!
My general rule of thumb for recipes that I share with you is pretty simple. If the recipe is delicious, simple to make, easy to understand, and uses regular ingredients most people already purchase then it goes on the blog. If it is super complicated and requires a ton of ingredients it is a no go.
Personally, I like both types of recipes. I like quick and easy, but I also like multi step-stand-in-the-kitchen-for-three-hours recipes. I like the challenge.
But from the get go I decided Maebells was going to be a resource for regular people. I want all of the recipes to be easy enough someone learning to cook can follow along, but also something a home cook extraordinaire can appreciate. This Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Rice is just that. Simple, classic flavors that come together for the perfect comfort food.
What ingredients do you need for Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Rice?
This recipe has many of the basic ingredients you might guess such as an onion, broccoli, cheese and rice. However, there is one ingredient I use that you may not expect. Instead of boiling the rice in salted water I use chicken broth. I find this extra step takes the flavor to an entirely new level.
If you are vegetarian or prefer a different flavor vegetable broth also works great. The simple switch of using broth instead of water just creates a very rich flavorful dish. Aside from that the ingredients you will need are:
- Olive oil
- Chicken broth
- Jasmine rice
- Liquid of your choice: water, broth or milk.
- Cheddar cheese
How do you make Broccoli Cheddar Rice?
This dish starts with sautéing onion and minced garlic to add extra flavor to your dish. Sauté until the onion is tender and translucent just like the photo below. Then pour in a good quality chicken broth and bring to a boil. Next, pour in a cup of jasmine rice and let it simmer.
By cooking your rice in chicken broth it adds a ton of extra flavor making this dish super rich. After about 10 minutes, the rice is nearly done and almost all of the liquid is absorbed. Add the butter and additional liquid, you can use broth or milk. I like to use milk because it creates a great creamy texture, and stir well.
What should I serve with Broccoli Cheddar Rice?
I could eat this all by itself as a meal. I think it makes a great quick and easy dinner. It also makes a great addition to some grilled chicken or a salmon dish. Or for an extra quick dinner grab a rotisserie chicken and whip this rice dish up in under 20 minutes for a complete, well balanced meal. Some other easy dinner ideas include:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup jasmine rice
- 1/3 cup liquid (water, broth or milk. I personally add milk so it adds a creamy flavor but it is up to you)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Heat olive oil in a medium size sauce pan over medium heat, add chopped onion and minced garlic and saute 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In the same sauce pan add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add the jasmine rice, cover and reduce temp to low, stirring occasionally. After the rice has simmered on low for 12 minutes remove cover and stir well. Add in two tablespoons butter, 1/3 cup water, salt and pepper, cover and let simmer for 3 more minutes.
- After three minutes stir in broccoli. Continue to let the rice cook on low for 4-5 minutes or until your broccoli is the desired tenderness.
- Stir in cheese and serve.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 849mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g
To avoid any confusion I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count, as it is not known to affect blood glucose levels. To calculate Keto recipes listed on this site carbs - fiber = net carbs. I use Nutrifox as my nutrition calculator. This nutrition information is an estimate based on the information provided by Nutrifox and the specific ingredients I used.