Super Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole

I think this was another recipe that came together when I realized I had a bunch of ingredients on hand and kind of mish mashed them all together until I came up with a tasty casserole. If you have very little time to put together dinner, but want something that feels really satisfying, this little casserole will do the trick. It can be a main dish or a side dish, whatever you prefer. The idea is that it comes together really quickly. Rachel Ray would be proud.

Super Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole

1 bag Steamfresh brown rice
1 bag frozen broccoli florets
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Couple handfuls of French fried onions
Black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375. Microwave the rice, then the broccoli while you’re waiting for the oven to heat up. I love the convenience factor of using frozen brown rice that heats up in about 5 minutes. You don’t even half to dirty a pot.

Dump the rice into a small casserole dish (don’t laugh at me for using a pie pan. I broke my adorable vintage Pyrex dish). Then add the cream of mushroom soup (and for me, it has to be Campbells. The store brand is not the same.)

Mix that together, and if it’s too thick add a little water or milk. But not too much! Season with pepper.

Then mix in your broccoli and put that in the oven for about 10 minutes. Mmm, doesn’t that look yummy and healthy with bright green broccoli?

Once it starts to bubble, sprinkle the cheese on top and bake for another 10 minutes. Yeah, this is where it starts to get not so healthy.

Last but not least add the French fried onions and let them brown for a minute or two.

Voila – insta-casserole.