Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole is a modernized, from-scratch version of a classic holiday casserole. Impress your family this year by bringing this to the table instead.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Growing up, we all have our favorite holiday side dishes. My two favorites we green bean casserole and broccoli rice cheese casserole. Both are laden with cans of cream of something, and in the case of the latter, a whole jar of cheez-whiz. To this day, if someone makes either of those casseroles, I can’t resist them. There’s something nostalgic about the processed taste that just takes me back to my childhood.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

But now that I’m an adult and Hubby and I enjoy cooking and making things from scratch, it’s time to grow up and turn these classic casseroles on their head. I’ve already found a homemade green bean casserole recipe that I adore (thanks to the brilliant work of Alton Brown). When I saw this recipe for a quinoa-instead-of-rice, real-shredded-cheese-instead-of-cheez-whiz, and homemade-cream-of-something-soup-instead-of-canned, I knew I had to try it.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

What I didn’t realize is how much I would love it! While I was whisking the homemade cream of mushroom soup portion of the recipe, I literally could not stop myself from sneaking little tastes. Over and over again.

This recipe isn’t punch you in the face cheesey like it’s semi-homemade version, so next time I might add a smidge more cheese to the recipe.

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

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Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole is a modernized, from-scratch version of a classic holiday casserole. Impress your family this year by bringing this to the table instead.

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked
2 crowns of broccoli, cut into small florets
3 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 cups milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard (I use homemade)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (not pre-shredded)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degF.
Place broccoli on a large pan and roast for 15 minutes and set aside.
Decrease oven temperature to 400 degF.
In a medium sauce pan, cook the quinoa in water with a generous pinch of salt, according to package, directions and then set aside.
Place the roasted broccoli in a large pot and add the quinoa.
In a saute pan over medium heat, melt the butter.
Whisk in the flour, onion, garlic, mustard, cayenne, a generous pinch of salt and black pepper.
Let cook 1-2 minutes and then slowly add the milk, whisking until the sauce is smooth.
Let the sauce simmer, reducing the heat if necessary, about 5 minutes until thickened and bubbling.
Remove from heat, whisk in the cheddar a handful at a time until completely melted.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour sauce over broccoli-quinoa mixture and toss to coat, mixing well.
Transfer mixture to a casserole dish and bake 35-30 minutes, until the top is nicely browned.
Serve warm.

Recipe slightly adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride

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33 Responses to “Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake”

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    Lindsay @ Peace, Love and French Fries — December 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    that cake is so beautiful, and sounds delicious!

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    Kim — December 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Wow! Your pictures are amazing! I would love to sink my teeth into that cake right now!

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    SimplySweeter — December 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Well…. you’ve done it again! Now, I simply have to add this to my Christmas Eve repetoire. It is fabulous! So many recipes….not enough time!

    http://www.simplysweeter.blogspot.com

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    Meesh — December 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    wow! this look unbelievable. I might have to conquer my fear of baking just for this.

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    Shannon — December 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Wow, that is stunning! Nice job!

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    Boston Food Diary — December 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Whoa..this looks beyond incredible…I dont think my sweet tooth will be satisfied ever without this!

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    Karin — December 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I have to do this for Christmas dessert! Thanks for sharing!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    C’est magnifique! Great job!!

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    Krystal — December 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Seriously, that looks downright sinful and gorgeous!!! Just amazing Jen!

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    Shannon — December 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    wow, this is over the top 🙂 but totally worth it!! looks awesome!

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    Cupcake Activist — December 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    What a great combination of flavors! I can almost smell the cake. Yum!!

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    Sinful Sundays — December 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    STUNNING! Good job on this, I want a piece!

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    EliFla — December 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    …great cake!!! and happy bday to Z!!! Hugs, ciao Flavia

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    Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen — December 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    What am amazing cake! I love the bright red and contrasting white, simmply beautiful!

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    Rhondi — December 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    What a beautiful cake! My family would love this. Cheesecake and red velvet are my hubby’s favorites. Maybe I will make it for his birthday!

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    Sherry G — December 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Talk about impressive! You go!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — December 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    And just when I think you can’t keep coming up with brilliant ideas and delicious photos…this looks/sounds utterly amazing!

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    Megan — December 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Cheesecake in between the cake layers… OMG. You so outdid yourself. That is amazing!

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    MaryMary — December 16, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Wow. I saw a similar cheesecake but couldn’t fint a recipe so resolved to just make “plain ole red velvet cupcakes.” This looks so much better!

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    Susan — December 16, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Oh My – this looks so amazing!

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    KV — December 16, 2010 at 4:15 am

    that looks awesome! I saw something similar in the Sam’s club add that I’ve been wanting to try but homemade would be even better

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    Vickii — December 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

    This cake looks so beautiful and I bet it tastes INCREDIBLE! I couldn’t print it out fast enough – I’m definitely trying it in the new year! Wow!

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    Caroline — December 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    this has been on my ‘want to try’ list for a while! Maybe this will be the push i need to give it a try!

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    Katrina — December 17, 2010 at 1:49 am

    That cake looks gorgeous and delicious!

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    Elizabeth — December 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    This is so cool! The only reason I like red velvet is the cream cheese frosting and this just takes it to a whole new level!

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — December 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Wow, where to begin?! That bright red is gorgeous! The cheesecake hiding in the center sounds ridiculously delicious! Gorgeous photos too:)

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    Dina — December 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    this is a perfect holiday cake! great idea.

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    Cakebrain — December 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    What a great idea! I love how the cheesecake layer looks so impressive sandwiched between the shockingly red red velvet layers!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 20, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Ok this looks amazing!

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    Joanne — December 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Hey girl, I am 100% sure I am going to make this for Christmas…it looks amazing! Just wondering…you used a 9″ springform pan for the cheesecake, right?

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    Jen — January 2, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Joanne, Sorry for the delay, but yet, I used a springform pan for the cheesecake. I think that’s why it came out a tad bigger than the cake layers. Did you make it for Christmas? How did it turn out?

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    Anonymous — January 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I made this for Christmas and it was absolutely AMAZING! My family really enjoyed it and I already have thoughts of the other cakes that would be incredible with a layer of cheesecake inbetween. What a great idea!

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    Sheka — September 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    This looks amazing! I am making 60 red velvet cupcakes for my cousin’s homecoming. I used the red velvet recipe without the cheesecake…AMAZING! The best recipe I have found yet. Thanks, keep it up!

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