Bacon Broccoli Bake

Today I have another winning casserole dish for my readers.  It’s very easy to put together and kind of reminds me of my [extremely popular] Creamy Brussels Bake.  This could easily be translated into a vegetarian dish (omit the bacon….but, honestly, why would you want to do that?) should you so desire, but I think the bacon acts almost like croutons in this dish; its crunchy texture is delicious mixed with the softened broccoli and gooey cheese.

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I began by pre-heating my oven to 350°F and gathering the ingredients shown above.

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First I diced the yellow onion into small pieces and set them aside in a large mixing bowl.

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I also chopped up the tops of some green onions and added them to the mixing bowl as well.

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Next I cooked three strips of bacon in the microwave for 4 minutes (on a plate between two sheets of paper towels) and let them cool before crumbling them and setting them aside.

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I took two large bunches of broccoli and began rough-chopping the florets off the stalks.  Once I had a nice pile of broccoli I then chopped them into smaller, bite-sized pieces.  Since the broccoli is not being steamed or boiled before going in the oven, you don’t want the pieces to be too large or they will be hard when they come out.

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I added the broccoli, a brick of softened cream cheese (I put it in the microwave for 30 seconds on its own) and 1/2 of the shredded cheddar cheese to the mixing bowl with the onions.  I also added some salt and pepper.

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Using a spatula I mixed all the ingredients together until the cream cheese evenly coated all the broccoli and the onions and cheddar cheese were distributed throughout the mixture.

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I sprayed an 8×8 glass baking dish with non-stick spray and poured the mixture into the bottom, spreading it evenly to all four corners.  I sprinkled the crumbled bacon over the top.

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I took the remaining cheddar cheese and added it to the dish on top of the bacon before baking it for 25 minutes in the oven until the cheese was melted and slightly browned along the edges.  This dish is fantastic!  The broccoli becomes slightly tender yet still holds up after the cooking process.  The onions and bacon really bring out big flavor in such a simple dish and, of course, cheese makes everything better.  I love these kind of one-dish recipes that require little effort but result in a meal (or perhaps a side dish) that is really delicious and a crowd-pleaser.  How do you like to eat your broccoli?  Let me know in the comments below!

Bacon Broccoli Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8

Serving Size: 1

Bacon Broccoli Bake

Ingredients

  • 6c fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 3oz shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1oz yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4c green onion, diced
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Chop the yellow and dice the green onions; add to a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Use your preferred method to cook the bacon. I cook mine between two sheets of paper towels on a plate in the microwave for 4 minutes until crispy. Let cool and then crumble; set aside.
  4. Chop the broccoli florets off the stalks and into smaller pieces; add to the mixing bowl with the onions.
  5. Soften the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds; add to the mixing bowl.
  6. Add 1/2 of the shredded cheddar cheese to the mixing bowl along with salt and pepper.
  7. Use a spatula to combine all the ingredients together.
  8. Spray an 8x8 glass baking dish with non-stick spray.
  9. Pour the broccoli mixture into the baking dish; top with the crumbled bacon and remaining cheddar cheese.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly golden brown.

Nutrtional Information

Per serving: 189 calories, 6g total carbs, 4g net carbs, 15g fat, 9g protein (Note: Please remember these numbers are based on the brands I used and may vary slightly with other brands.)

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35 Comments

  1. Love the idea. Looks like a creamy broccoli side dish that would go well with some grilled steaks. So, yes, I must give it a try. I also think I might try this as a breakfast casserole but add 10 eggs to the mix along with more bacon (baked at 375 for 30-40 min). You can’t go wrong with more bacon! Love your recipes!

  2. Tanya

    Oh there are so many ways to go with this delicious dish. I would add some diced chicken or even exchange the broccoli for spinach and it would still be fantastic.

    You rock!!!

  3. Katie

    This was my side dish for this year’s Thanksgiving. The only thing I changed was making it broccoli and cauliflower. (I didn’t have enough broccoli.) It turned out amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Pat

    I’m not able to take cow milk so I changed from cream cheese to coconut cream (the thick part of coconut milk ) and use mozzarella instead of cheddar and add in a bit of grounded beef. It still taste great! Except maybe the coconut cream should be reduced to only half cup so it won’t get wet down the bottom. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  5. Thanks! I’ll definitely try this out.

    I like to eat my broccoli with scrambled eggs, onion on butter. Usually I’ll also add some meat to scrambled eggs or will have bacon on the side.

  6. Cheryl Juhasz

    This is very good. I used to make a cauliflower bake similar to this with sour cream and mayo. But I want my children to start eating more green. My husband and I are low carb, all protein fat and vegetables so I used 2 packages of bacon in this.

    • Cheryl

      I also use Colby-Jack cheese and didn’t put the bacon on the top I waited till that came out of the oven because it would burn and sprinkled some of the Green from the green onions on top

    • Hi Kristin. You could try freezing it. I’ve never attempted to do that because it doesn’t take long to put together and I tend to enjoy fresh meals more than pre-made. Hope it works out!

  7. Tom

    This was absolutely awesome. I couldn’t stop eating it. Used the recipe as is (albeit a bit more cheese) and it was perfect. Ready to make it again, and again 🙂

  8. Kim Spina

    My husband and I had your broccoli and bacon bake today and it was incredible. We are going to make it to take to friends on Saturday! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Christina Carson

    Just a quick request for this otherwise delicious experience. Could you use gm or oz measures for vegetables. I really don’t know how much broccoli you used because the chop size can vary so much. Since my diet is very low carb such a seeming picky thing matters. Much appreciated. And thanks for a lovely meal.

  10. Donna

    I fried the bacon and than fried the onions in same pan. I added bacon grease and onions to the bowl with other ingredients. Gave it so much taste!

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