I had recently seen a recipe for a cheese and broccoli soup that had been on my mind. I had some broccoli in the fridge and I was trying to come up with a way to turn it into a side dish for my maple and mustard glazed chicken dinner. Then I thought about a cheesy broccoli rice which sounded good. There were several ways that I could approach a cheesy broccoli rice and I decided keep it simple and I went with mixing some cooked rice into a bechamel sauce along with some gruyere and parmigiano reggiano cheeses. I was also thinking that a risotto would be nice and creamy and good but a bit more work. As another alternative I was thinking that cheddar cheese would have been good, though it will have to wait for another time. I like to try to use brown rice whenever I can and this was a perfect time to do so. The cheesy broccoli rice was really simple to make and it turned out great! It was nice and creamy and cheesy and good. I was thinking that next time it might be nice to throw it into a baking dish and bake it until the cheese on top turned a nice golden brown.
Cheesy Broccoli Rice(make 4 servings)
1 cup rice
2 cups water
1 batch bechamel sauce
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (grated)
1/4 cup gruyere (grated)
2 cups broccoli (steamed and chopped)
1. Simmer the rice in the water, covered, until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
2. Make or heat the bechamel sauce.
3. Stir in the cheeses and let them melt.
4. Stir in the broccoli and cook until warmed.
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