Broccoli Cheese Casserole Mini Pies

A new lunch box favorite, these broccoli cheese rice casserole Mini Pies! These cozy little side dishes make amazing leftovers, perfect for packing and surprising your sweeties for back to school.

Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids

There’s nothing quite as comforting as homemade broccoli cheese rice casserole. My kids love eating it at southern restaurants and beg me to make it at home.

Once school is back in session, they need a little extra comfort after long days and piles of homework. Heck, I need a little comfort as well. Let’s be honest, as much as I’m ready to send them back to school at the end of the summer… The moment they are gone I feel a sense of remorse.

Easy Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids

Did we cherish every last summer moment? Did we make enough happy memories to counter-act mommy’s back-to-school shopping irritations?

I hope so.

How to Make Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

These perfectly packaged broccoli cheese rice casserole mini pies are a little reminder of just how much I love them. They make a marvelous side dish to any meal, as well as a surprise lunch box meal on a tough day.

The mini pies start with creamy gooey broccoli cheese rice casserole, made on the stove top.

How To: Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

Sauté onions and broccoli florets in a skillet with a little butter. Then once they are just barely tender, I add in cooked rice, nutty California Cheddar Cheese, and silky California heavy cream.

The rich melting cheese and touch of cream make the texture of the broccoli cheese rice casserole something to experience.

Easy to Make Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

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The kids love helping place the puff pastry into muffins tins, then scooping in the creamy rice filling into each pie.

Simple to Make Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

We top them off with a bit of extra cheese, then bake them until golden-brown.

Served hot or at room temperature, these little babies are as cozy as a fuzzy blanket.

Love these Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole MINI PIES! #sidedish #lunchbox #kids #backtoschool

Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

Yield: 12

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:40 minutes

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An easy mini pie recipe with all the comfort of classic broccoli cheese rice casserole.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried basmati rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tb. California butter
  • 2 cup California shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup California heavy cream
  • 3 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 2 12-cup muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray, every other cup. Meanwhile, place 2 cups chicken stock and rice in a sauce pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the rice for 15-20 minutes, until the stock absorbs and air holes form on the top. Fluff the rice with a fork and set aside.
  2. Cut each puff pastry sheet into 4 equal squares and place a square down into the sprayed muffin cups, leaving the points up.
  3. While the rice is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the onion and broccoli to the skillet. Saute for 3-4 minutes until the broccoli is vibrant green and slightly soft. Add the cooked rice to the broccoli, then add 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese. Stir to combine. Then add 1 cup of chicken stock and 1/4 cups heavy cream. Stir until the cheese has melted to form a sauce.
  4. Spoon the broccoli rice filling into the puff pastry cups. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then gently lift out. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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133 comments on “Broccoli Cheese Casserole Mini Pies

  1. Carmen Nposted August 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Scalloped potatoes and ham (we make with plenty of cheese)

  2. Christen Allenposted August 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Creamy ham & potato soup!

  3. Annetteposted August 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm Reply

    I like zucchini frittata during fall – lots of cheese and heavy cream.

  4. Christa Bengtssonposted August 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm Reply

    I love cheese broccoli soup with extra cheese.

  5. amanda whitleyposted August 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm Reply

    i like broccoli cheddar pie

    Rating: 5
  6. Sandyposted August 9, 2014 at 10:16 am Reply

    Mac and cheese is the all time favorite

  7. Vickiposted August 9, 2014 at 7:03 am Reply

    we love cheese so anything with cheese is tops on our list!

  8. Jaclyn Reynoldsposted August 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Our go to dish is Baked Ziti. It tastes great as leftovers too!

  9. Susan Christyposted August 8, 2014 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Love Veggie Quiche with cream & cheese.

  10. Dposted August 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm Reply

    they look so easy!

  11. Renaposted August 8, 2014 at 11:38 am Reply

    mac and cheese casserole or lasagna

  12. Heather Bposted August 8, 2014 at 10:42 am Reply

    Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream

  13. jemma dunnposted August 8, 2014 at 9:47 am Reply

    Definitely Mac n Cheese! Shell noodles are the best. Throw a little bacon and some veggies in it and you have a full meal!

  14. Gailposted August 7, 2014 at 9:23 am Reply

    Love some great soup – butternut squash/tomato/lentil you name it – LOVE

  15. Shannonposted August 7, 2014 at 8:42 am Reply

    Shepherds Pie!

  16. Juli Vposted August 7, 2014 at 7:03 am Reply

    Homemade macaroni and cheese

  17. Julieposted August 7, 2014 at 4:55 am Reply

    Skillet lasagna and quiche!

  18. Dawn Lloydposted August 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm Reply

    I love chicken enchiladas with sour cream sauce

  19. LinhCposted August 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm Reply

    broccoli cheese soup

  20. Randi T.posted August 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Macaroni and Cheese!

  21. Lisa G.posted August 6, 2014 at 5:47 am Reply

    Homemade mac and cheese…the way my mama makes it!

  22. Amy Sposted August 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm Reply

    Quiche!

  23. Jennyposted August 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm Reply

    Quesadillas!

  24. Meredithposted August 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm Reply

    What a tasty lunch treat!

  25. Marty Musserposted August 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm Reply

    I love pretty much all cream-based, cheesy soups. So perfect on chilly fall days!

  26. Nicole-Lynnposted August 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm Reply

    I love a cheesy, loaded oven smashed sweet potatoes! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. Andreaposted August 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm Reply

    I love a good, cheesy lasagna. It is even better left over the next day.

  28. Samanthaposted August 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm Reply

    Our favorite in this house is Mac and Cheese by far .

  29. Catposted August 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm Reply

    mac & Cheese!

    Rating: 5
  30. Shelbyposted August 5, 2014 at 10:51 am Reply

    Butternut squash lasagna!

  31. Cristinaposted August 5, 2014 at 10:25 am Reply

    Hands down, quiche is a quick snack, or side dish– even a main dish!

  32. Mary Beth Eldertonposted August 5, 2014 at 9:50 am Reply

    This broccoli cheese has my mouth watering! One favorite–any time–is the cheesy TexMex goodness that is King Ranch Chicken *home made with more cheese and no canned soup*

  33. Jenniferposted August 5, 2014 at 8:10 am Reply

    Grilled cheese sandwich! Thank you for this opportunity!

  34. Deirdreposted August 5, 2014 at 7:09 am Reply

    I am a big fan of soups once the weather gets chilly. Our favorites are mushroom soup and butternut squash soup — both made with milk AND heavy cream!!

  35. Sean Cposted August 5, 2014 at 6:08 am Reply

    Easy as can be- grilled cheese!

  36. Alinaposted August 5, 2014 at 6:08 am Reply

    It would have to be au gratin potatoes! YUM!

  37. Rebeccaposted August 5, 2014 at 5:30 am Reply

    A good, old-fashioned cheese sandwich – my favorite when I was in kindergarten!

  38. Sue Gerthposted August 5, 2014 at 5:33 am Reply

    I think these would be great for my lunches when I’m at school! Easy, portable, and I can make them ahead.

  39. Heather Hayes Panjonposted August 5, 2014 at 2:13 am Reply

    Cheese Empanadas Are My Favorite!

  40. Kaitlin Benjaminposted August 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Mac and Cheese for sure!

  41. Leigh Anne Bordersposted August 4, 2014 at 10:40 pm Reply

    We love to make quiches. They are relatively easy and can be reheated!

  42. Anne H.posted August 4, 2014 at 8:06 pm Reply

    Alfredo pasta

  43. Carol Yposted August 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Mac and cheese or alfredo.

  44. Kristenposted August 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm Reply

    Mac and cheese!!

  45. Anneposted August 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Quiche is a favorite in our house, and it’s loaded with cheese, eggs, and milk, so it’s a pretty dairy-full meal! And I almost forgot about the butter in the crust.

  46. Michele Behlenposted August 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm Reply

    As the weather gets cooler , I look forward to mac and cheese.

  47. Joeyposted August 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm Reply

    any kind of mac and cheese!!

  48. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted August 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm Reply

    Mac & Cheese or quiche or lasagna—obviously I am easily pleased.

  49. Heatherposted August 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm Reply

    Lasagna has to be my favorite back to school/ Fall dairy-laden dish!

  50. Danaposted August 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Pizza!

  51. Tereseposted August 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Enchiladas smothered in ooey gooey cheese!

  52. sharron orcuttposted August 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm Reply

    mac and cheese fresh from the oven and definitely homemade

  53. Nikkiposted August 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm Reply

    mashed potato waffles

  54. Catherine Jacksonposted August 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm Reply

    My mom’s homemade mac and cheese was always a favorite! My family believes it is medicinal!

  55. Mary Elposted August 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm Reply

    I love broccoli and cheddar soup! Or any kind of bisque really.

  56. Jeannetteposted August 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm Reply

    mac and cheeeeeeeeeeeseeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!

  57. Barbposted August 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm Reply

    Has to be mini cheese pizzas

  58. Megan's Cookin'posted August 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Pumpkin ice cream! I cant wait for it to start hitting the shelves!

  59. Candiceposted August 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm Reply

    lasagne

  60. Rosieposted August 4, 2014 at 11:57 am Reply

    Homemade French onion soup!!!! Lots of cheese!!!

  61. Colleen Boudreauposted August 4, 2014 at 11:44 am Reply

    Definitely Mac & Cheese!

  62. Amy Tongposted August 4, 2014 at 11:37 am Reply

    My favorite back to school comforts with dairy is quiche. The kiddos love it as well as the grown ups. :) What a great giveaway to get us ready to back to school. Thank you for hosting!

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  63. RavieNomNomsposted August 4, 2014 at 11:36 am Reply

    What a great idea!!!

  64. HSposted August 4, 2014 at 11:27 am Reply

    I like baked macaroni & cheese.

  65. Megan Marshposted August 4, 2014 at 11:17 am Reply

    I’m always torn between broccoli cheese soup and chili topped with frito’s, a few handfuls of cheese and a huge scoop of sour cream!

  66. Alice // Hip Foodie Momposted August 4, 2014 at 10:47 am Reply

    for my kids: loaded mashed potatoes (with heavy cream) and for me: mac and cheese all the way! love these mini casseroles . . love finding new ways to use puff pastry!

  67. Denise Wilsonposted August 4, 2014 at 10:42 am Reply

    potato soup

  68. Paige Cposted August 4, 2014 at 10:33 am Reply

    I love cereal, yogurt, frozen yogurt and smoothies!

  69. Lizzposted August 4, 2014 at 10:26 am Reply

    quiche!

  70. Carlynposted August 4, 2014 at 9:52 am Reply

    Skillet lasagna is delicious or mac and cheese or grilled cheese

  71. Joannaposted August 4, 2014 at 9:49 am Reply

    I love mac and cheese – brings me back to being a little kid and back to school time!

  72. Pamela Gurganusposted August 4, 2014 at 9:27 am Reply

    My favorite fall dairy-laden dish is creamy and cheesy broccoli cheddar cheese soup!

  73. naomiposted August 4, 2014 at 9:16 am Reply

    Loving how fast and easy this is!

  74. Claudiaposted August 4, 2014 at 9:14 am Reply

    I love anything with cheese and broccoli.

  75. Kristen D.posted August 4, 2014 at 8:59 am Reply

    Banana pudding with whipped cream!

  76. Kimposted August 4, 2014 at 8:59 am Reply

    Broccoli cheddar soup!!

  77. Maria Malaveciposted August 4, 2014 at 8:56 am Reply

    Macoroni and Cheese is are favorite!

  78. Jill Jposted August 4, 2014 at 8:54 am Reply

    The family loves it when I make homemade au gratin potatoes, so good!

  79. Cori R.posted August 4, 2014 at 8:49 am Reply

    We add cheese to many dishes. We love quesadillas with fresh garden veggies this time of year.

  80. Kristinposted August 4, 2014 at 8:46 am Reply

    I’m all about homemade ice cream!!!

  81. talya Bposted August 4, 2014 at 8:45 am Reply

    hmmm….anything with cheese would do–baked potatoes, mac and cheese, pizza, cheese danishes

  82. Becki @ Bites 'n Brewsposted August 4, 2014 at 8:44 am Reply

    Lemon risotto! Butter, mascarpone and parmesan galore!

  83. Katherineposted August 4, 2014 at 8:43 am Reply

    Cheesy Potato Soup. It’s major comfort food!

  84. Sarahposted August 4, 2014 at 8:40 am Reply

    Honestly just straight-up cheese is my favorite! Though a cheesy, heavy cream-laded quiche is a very close second.

  85. Reneeposted August 4, 2014 at 8:39 am Reply

    Beer cheese soup is a favorite at our house.

  86. Leslie Kileyposted August 4, 2014 at 8:28 am Reply

    Love chicken and dumplings topped with plenty of cheese and Mac and cheese.

  87. libbyposted August 4, 2014 at 8:15 am Reply

    Would be Macaroni and Cheese

  88. Heather Christoposted August 4, 2014 at 8:12 am Reply

    I’m with Marla, these would be great for lunch boxes!

  89. Leann Lindemanposted August 4, 2014 at 8:05 am Reply

    Lasagne!!!!!!

  90. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasyposted August 4, 2014 at 8:03 am Reply

    It’s always mac ‘n’ cheese!

  91. Gabyposted August 4, 2014 at 8:03 am Reply

    What a comforting little bite!

  92. latanyaposted August 4, 2014 at 8:00 am Reply

    mac and cheese

  93. sherri laskoposted August 4, 2014 at 7:57 am Reply

    cheese soup

  94. Neill Hinesposted August 4, 2014 at 7:55 am Reply

    Love chess! Broccoli…not so much, lol

  95. Rustposted August 4, 2014 at 7:55 am Reply

    Chicken Alfredo is my favorite.

  96. Marla Meridithposted August 4, 2014 at 7:44 am Reply

    Love these mini pies & great for the lunchbox!

  97. Jenposted August 4, 2014 at 7:42 am Reply

    I love mac and cheese!

  98. ashleyposted August 4, 2014 at 7:37 am Reply

    mac and cheese

  99. Jeffreyposted August 4, 2014 at 7:36 am Reply

    Potato, Broccoli and cheddar soup in a sourdough bowl!

  100. Kayposted August 4, 2014 at 7:20 am Reply

    Macaroni and cheese with broccoli!

  101. Mariaposted August 4, 2014 at 7:18 am Reply

    Love that these are mini!

  102. Lauren Wposted August 4, 2014 at 7:18 am Reply

    English muffin pizzas!

  103. Rebekahposted August 4, 2014 at 7:14 am Reply

    Chicken, rice, and pea casserole. YUM!

  104. Ericaposted August 4, 2014 at 7:13 am Reply

    Yogurt granola parfaits!

  105. sarah kposted August 4, 2014 at 7:11 am Reply

    One of my favorite cheesy dishes is a cauliflower fennel cheese soup. I love the idea of broccoli cheese rice casserole mini pies, will definitely be trying it in the future.

  106. Kate Sposted August 4, 2014 at 7:07 am Reply

    Mac and cheese… like so many others already!

  107. Katieposted August 4, 2014 at 7:05 am Reply

    It’s hard to beat a good homemade cheesy macaroni dish!

  108. Mercedesposted August 4, 2014 at 7:05 am Reply

    Butternut Squash Soup with butter and cream!

  109. Sarah A.posted August 4, 2014 at 7:02 am Reply

    King Ranch Chicken Soup! Basically, it’s chicken tortilla soup with lots of CHEESE!

  110. Linda K.posted August 4, 2014 at 7:02 am Reply

    I still love tuna casserole. Even made with the goopy soup.

  111. Terriposted August 4, 2014 at 6:55 am Reply

    My favorite has to be mac and cheese!!
    These look delicious!! Can’t wait to try!

  112. Christina Pposted August 4, 2014 at 6:53 am Reply

    I love mac n cheese!

  113. BusyWorkingMamaposted August 4, 2014 at 6:51 am Reply

    We like to make egg cups in muffin tins. They also freeze pretty well.

  114. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted August 4, 2014 at 6:45 am Reply

    What a fun idea – casserole in bite-size form!

  115. Lindsay Leeposted August 4, 2014 at 6:41 am Reply

    Homemade macaroni and cheese we have it at least once a week at our house! The kids can’t get enough of it!!!

  116. Leah Mposted August 4, 2014 at 6:39 am Reply

    Corn chowder in the crock pot!

  117. carolee c.posted August 4, 2014 at 6:39 am Reply

    Apple crisp with lots of vanilla ice cream!

  118. Stephanie Kposted August 4, 2014 at 6:36 am Reply

    smoked gouda macaroni

  119. Katieposted August 4, 2014 at 6:30 am Reply

    We eat lots of cheese. I make a great grilled cheese sandwich. Also a broccoli cheese soup that has milk.

  120. Pauline Gudasposted August 4, 2014 at 6:23 am Reply

    We love to have a egg, sauagae cheese make ahead breakfast casserole

  121. Alice Fposted August 4, 2014 at 6:18 am Reply

    My favorite is good old fashioned Mac n Cheese…with a ton of cheese added!

  122. Lisa Smithposted August 4, 2014 at 6:17 am Reply

    Grilled pizzas!

  123. Janet Tposted August 4, 2014 at 6:17 am Reply

    I love to make banana pudding and/or banana cream pie.

  124. dcposted August 4, 2014 at 6:16 am Reply

    funeral potatoes (hash browns, cheese, sour cream , onions, cream of something soup) baked casserole style.

  125. barbara nposted August 4, 2014 at 6:13 am Reply

    I love to make rice pudding with a hint of nutmeg!

  126. Judith M.posted August 4, 2014 at 6:13 am Reply

    Grilled cheese sandwiches with a bowl of creamy tomato soup.

  127. Hannah Dianeposted August 4, 2014 at 6:09 am Reply

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to make some for supper. Yummy!!

  128. Kim Henrichsposted August 4, 2014 at 6:06 am Reply

    Definitely a good bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese!

  129. stephanieposted August 4, 2014 at 6:01 am Reply

    Cauliflower mac and cheese!

  130. Kateposted August 4, 2014 at 5:39 am Reply

    As silly as it is, cereal reminds me of back to school.

  131. Bri | Bites of Briposted August 4, 2014 at 5:31 am Reply

    I love chicken and broccoli casserole and lasanga. Both are so memorable from childhood. I can’t believe it’s time to go back to school!

  132. Annaposted August 4, 2014 at 5:23 am Reply

    I like au gratin potatoes.

  133. coriposted August 4, 2014 at 4:18 am Reply

    We love mac and cheese with greek yogurt, broccoli, mushrooms and peas