Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots and Cheese is a delicious, comforting vegetable casserole that’s easy to fix and as tasty as it gets. I’ve made it with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, or other vegetable medleys like mixed vegetables, stir-fry medleys, even peas and carrots. I’ve also used plain saltine crackers and butter for the topping when I ran out of Ritz crackers…although the buttery flavor from Ritz crackers is far superior. If you don’t like using velveeta, substitute a mild cheddar cheese.
I got this recipe back in the early 1980s from Harriett Brown, the wife of our Sunday school teacher at Indian Rocks Baptist Church. Harriett was a fabulous cook and I have probably close to ten of her recipes in my cookbook. Many of which I still use on a regular basis. This is one of them. I think Harriett probably created this recipe. Back in Largo, this recipe was one of a dinner menu collection I had submitted to the St. Petersburg Times that won recognition back in the late 80s.
This is just a great casserole for holidays or when you’re having company. You can prepare it ahead of time and then pop it into the oven when you’re ready to bake it. The marvelous Velveeta cheese sauce is what makes this casserole so special. If you’re looking for a satisfying side dish for any get-together, than Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots and Cheese should be on your menu. Every time I’ve served this recipe, our guests always come back for seconds.
I first posted this recipe in July 2012 in the early days of food blogging. My pictures were on colored plates (a no-no in food photography), and I put so many Ritz cracker crumbs on top that you couldn’t really see the veggies underneath. Not to mention my pictures were just bad! I recently remade this recipe for some friends moving into a new home and Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots and Cheese was on the menu. So I also retook the pictures so you could get an idea of what this amazing casserole is really supposed to look like. Enjoy. 🙂
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots and Cheese is an utterly scrumptious side dish!
Every bite of Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots and Cheese is succulent and amazing!
Here’s what the casserole looked like after I took it out of the oven.
Here’s what I did.
I partially cooked two pounds of Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots in the microwave about seven minutes for each pound. Place in greased baking dish.
Make a sauce with a slab of velveeta cheese, a few tablespoonfuls of butter and about 1/8-1/4 cup milk.
Melt over low heat (don’t use a higher heat as this will scorch easily) until cheese is no longer lumpy.
Pour sauce ingredients over vegetables. Then I usually take a wooden spoon and poke the cheese sauce down to the bottom of the casserole in several spaces so it thoroughly coats the vegetables and doesn’t just lay on top. (You can also make this with frozen veggies).
This is what you’ll need for the topping: 1 stick of melted butter and 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers. I crush the crackers in my hands. It takes all of about 1 minute. Then add them to the melted butter. Stir to combine.
Spread over top of vegetables, and bake at 350 about 30 minutes. If you use frozen veggies you will need to cook these about 1 hour. If crackers are getting too brown, cover with foil.
Here the casserole is just out of the oven and ready to serve!
We have served Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots and Cheese for company countless times. Everyone always enjoys it.
Here’s the recipe.
BROCCOLI, CAULIFLOWER, CARROTS & CHEESE
(Recipe adapted from Harriett Brown, when we attended First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, Largo, FL)
- 2 16-oz. pkgs. frozen broccoli, cauliflower & carrots, cooked according to package directions
- 2 inch slab Velveeta cheese
- 4 tbsp. butter
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
- 1 stick butter
- Place cooked veggies in bottom of a greased 9×13″ baking dish.
- Melt cheese, butter and milk in small saucepan over low heat.
- Stir and pour over veggies.
- Combine crackers and butter.
- Sprinkle over top of casserole.
- Bake in 350° oven for about 30 minutes until heated through.
This close up shows you the texture of the veggies.
Your mouth will be watering as you enjoy this tasty recipe!
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