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cheesy vegetarian casserole

Easy Cheesy Vegetarian Casserole

  • Author: Joan Feldman
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Packed with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots—and topped with just enough cheddar cheese to make it seem indulgent — this quick and easy veggie and rice casserole is a weeknight go-to recipe (and a kid-pleaser, too).



3 cups cooked short-grain brown rice

8 oz. Broccoli florets

8 oz. Cauliflower florets

1 large carrot, sliced into half-inch pieces

Salt and Pepper

4 oz. cheddar cheese, grated (Vegan cheddar can be substituted)


  1. Cook brown rice according to package directions.
  2. Steam the broccoli, cauliflower and carrots together until “almost” done, 3-5 minutes. A fork or knife should be able to pierce through the vegetables but they should not be too soft or mushy. Cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the rice, vegetables and approximately 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt and a pinch of pepper.
  4. Spoon the rice mixture into an 8- or 9-inch square or round casserole dish.
  5. Top with the grated cheese. Sprinkle evenly.
  6. Bake, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake another 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbly but not brown.


The casserole makes a complete meal but is also delightful with a small side salad and a loaf of crusty bread. For meat eaters, the casserole makes an excellent side for roast chicken.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minures
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: steamed, baked
  • Cuisine: American