Gammy's Broccoli Rice Casserole

 Serves: 4    |     Prep: 20 min     |     Cook: 35 min     |     Ready: 55 min


3 c. fresh broccoli cut into small pieces
1 c. cooked white rice

1  1/2 T. butter
1 tsp. onion powder
1  1/2 T. flour
1 c. milk
1/8-1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8-1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. heaping dry mustard powder
1/4 tsp. heaping paprika
1/4-1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. cream cheese
1  3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese



Preheat oven to 350°F.

Melt butter on medium-low heat until softened and translucent. Stir in onion powder, flour, garlic powder and pepper. Cook an additional 2 minutes.

Gradually pour in milk while whisking. Continue whisking over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and add dry mustard, paprika, cream cheese and 1 1/4 cups cheddar cheese. Stir until melted.

Place broccoli in boiling water for about 3 minutes. You still want it slightly crisp as it cooks more in the oven.

Stir together rice, broccoli and cheese sauce. Place in a greased 2 qt casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese and bake 35 minutes or until bubbly and cheese lightly browned.