Cheesy Broccoli with Brown Rice

    40 min

    A substantial meat-free meal, made by cooking brown rice, topping it with broccoli, grated Cheddar cheese and toasted walnuts. It's simple and unbelievably tasty.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 55g walnuts, chopped
    • 15g butter
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
    • 100g easy cook brown rice
    • 250ml vegetable stock
    • 450g fresh broccoli florets
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 125g Cheddar cheese, grated

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Place walnuts on small baking tray and bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted.
    2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic in melted butter for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the rice, add the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 7 to 8 minutes.
    3. Place broccoli in a microwave-safe dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and microwave until tender.
    4. Spoon rice onto a serving plate and top with broccoli. Sprinkle walnuts and cheese on top.

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    Yummy and easy, I made this using mushrooms, red onion, tomatoes, and toasted flaked almonds. Lovely thanks!  -  16 Nov 2013


    I've adapted this recipe at bit, I don't use instant rice, I use a regular brown and wild rice mix. I cook the rice using vegetable broth, and then add to it the cooked onion and garlic (I use double the garlic). I steam the broccoli, and then add it to the rice, onion and and garlic, mix the cheese through it (I use about 1/2 cup more cheese than what is called for - I like it cheesy) and bake in the oven until the cheese is melted, and then sprinkle the toasted walnuts on top. It's a great recipe, I've shared it with several people who all think it's great.  -  26 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This gets 5 stars with the changes I made to it. Before, I found it lacked a little something. I took the advice of many reviewers and made this as a casserole instead. I used real brown rice instead of instant and olive oil instead of butter. I used low-fat cheese, too, and I don't think it affected the taste. I added extra broccoli because we love it and steamed it in the microwave for about 4 minutes before adding it to the rice, onion, cheese mixture. The major change I made was adding shelled, toasted pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts. They seem to add just the right touch of crunch and salt to the recipe. Then I baked the whole thing at 350 for about 20 minutes. My kids love this, too.  -  10 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)