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Cauliflower and Broccoli in Cheese Sauce is a mouth-watering vegetable side dish. Made with fresh broccoli and cauliflower and coated with a gouda cheese sauce, it is a delicious side dish for Sunday dinner or a special occasion.
Broccoli is one of our favorite vegetables. We usually steam it with a little butter and salt. But if I want to take it up a notch I add a homemade cheese sauce.
This dish is very versatile. You can make it with just broccoli or add other vegetables like cauliflower or carrots.
Ingredients in Cauliflower and Broccoli in Cheese Sauce
- extra virgin olive oil
- cream of chicken soup
- gouda cheese
- basil, pepper
- bread crumbs
How to Prepare Broccoli in Cheese Sauce
Preheat oven to 350F.
Add broccoli and cauliflower to a pan with a small amount of water. Bring to a boil and cook for 5-7 minutes.
Drain and add vegetables to a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
Gouda Cheese Sauce
Adding cheese to vegetables always makes them special, but I love smoked Gouda cheese. It adds extra depth to the sauce.
Making a cheese sauce is a cinch with ingredients you have on hand.
Heat olive oil in a large pan. Add chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until the onion is tender and starts to brown.
I often make a homemade soup base, but when I am in a pinch for time, I use a canned soup.
This recipe works well with cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, or even cream of celery soup bases. Add soup to the onion. Stir to combine over low heat.
Then add your choice of cheese, milk, pepper, basil, or other spices.
Heat and stir until the cheese melts and you are ready to add the vegetables. Gently stir to coat cauliflower and broccoli.
Melt butter and add bread crumbs.
Sprinkle buttered bread crumbs on vegetables. Place pan in oven and heat through until bread crumbs start to brown.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pick a soft cheese or a semisoft cheese and your sauce will be creamy. Cheese varieties like gouda, cheddar, Gruyere, and Havarti are examples that will melt to a pleasing texture for your sauce.
Avoid feta, goat cheese, and ricotta cheese that won't melt as easily and may not produce a creamy texture in your sauce.
This recipe can be prepared the night before up to the addition of bread crumbs and baking in the oven.
You can chop the vegetable and cook them to a fork-tender. Store vegetables in an air-tight container.
Cook sauce and pour over vegetables. Sprinkle with buttered bread crumbs and bake for 30 minutes until heated through and bubbly.
This recipe can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Reheat in the microwave on high for 1-1 1/3 minutes. Lightly stir and continue heating for 30-second intervals until heated through.
This dish can also be reheated in the oven for 20-25 minutes until heated through.
What to Serve With Cauliflower and Broccoli in Cheese Sauce
This cheesy vegetable side dish is perfect with chicken, pork or, beef dishes. You might like it with one of the following dishes:
Balsamic Chicken Breasts - Easy and flavorful balsamic chicken breasts add a delicious Italian twist to weeknight baked chicken.
Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Chicken Breasts - Juicy grilled chicken breasts seasoned with a barbeque rub and wrapped in bacon are an easy weeknight dinner.
June 2021 Update: Updated post with Ingredients and Preparation details. Updated images.
August 2021 Update: Added FAQs and updated images. Removed images from the recipe card.