Did you know that cheddar cheese isn’t actually orange? It’s really white, and they add orange coloring to make it orange. We’ve been duped all along. I know.
I opted for cheddar without coloring, so this broccoli cheddar casserole may not look like the kind you grew up eating. It’s also far healthier than typical Midwestern broccoli cheddar casseroles while still being gloriously cheesy and creamy. No cup of mayonnaise, no cream of mushroom soup, no annoying Béchamel sauce to make.
Casseroles aren’t my typical fare, but they do hit the spot on cold, gray winter days. My broccoli cheddar version here features tons of caramelized roasted broccoli for extra flavor, some milk and cheese, and quinoa that magically blends into creamy oblivion while it’s in the oven. Top all of that with some garlicky breadcrumbs and you have one amazing dish that makes for great leftovers.
You can be fancy and call it a “grah-tahnnnn” in your best French accent, or announce it as a “hot dish” in your finest Minnesotan. Either way, it’s a stellar broccoli casserole. For more hearty dinner recipes, be sure to check out my cookbook!