Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole with Parmesan Crumb Topping
Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole. Photo: Diana Rattray
    45 mins

A basic white sauce with Parmesan cheese makes this a flavorful side dish.

This dish is perfect for any everyday family meal, and it's special enough for a holiday table or potluck.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of broccoli and cauliflower pieces
  • milk
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash nutmeg, optional
  • 2 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil.
  2. Add broccoli and cauliflower; cook just until crisp-tender, about 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Drain cauliflower, reserving the cooking liquid.
  4. Add milk to the vegetable liquid to measure 2 1/2 cups.
  5. Turn the drained vegetables into a shallow 2-quart baking dish.
  6. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the saucepan over medium heat.
  7. Blend in the flour, stirring until smooth and bubbly.
  1. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in milk and vegetable broth mixture.
  2. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth. Season to taste with the salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  3. Pour sauce over broccoli and cauliflower and stir gently to coat the vegetables with the sauce.
  4. Dot with the remaining 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter.
  5. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and paprika; sprinkle over vegetables.
  6. Bake at 450° for about 20 minutes, until casserole is bubbly.

Serves 4.

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