This Instant Pot Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole is an easy and popular side dish that goes well with almost anything! It’s so creamy and satisfying, it almost passes for a meal by itself.
Since it already has veggies, grains, and dairy covered, you just need some meat to round out your meal. For a really easy dinner, just add some diced chicken!
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What You’ll Need
This Instant Pot Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole has simple, wholesome ingredients.
- Cheddar cheese
- Long grain rice
- Chicken broth
- Salt and pepper
You won’t need anything other than your Instant Pot for this casserole unless you want to transfer it to a serving dish when it’s done.
How to Make Instant Pot Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole
This recipe is super duper easy because we’re basically just using our Instant Pot as a rice cooker, a job it does beautifully.
Step 1: Saute garlic and onions
You could skip this step, but if you do, you’ll miss out on some amazing flavors. So, take the extra couple of minutes for it.
Set your Instant Pot to Saute and wait for the display to read “Hot” then add butter, chopped onion and minced garlic.
Saute for two or three minutes, just enough to pull those flavors out and soften up the onions a little.
Step 2: Cook rice
Press “Cancel” and add the rice, chicken broth, and a little salt to the pot.
Secure the lid, make sure the valve is set to sealing and press the “Manual” button. Set the time for 10 minutes for white rice or 25 minutes for brown rice.
When the cook time ends and the alarm beeps, immediately move the valve to venting to quick release the pressure.
Step 3: Add remaining ingredients
When the pressure has fully released, remove the lid, stir the rice, and add the broccoli.
Put the lid back on and leave the Instant Pot on warm for 20 minutes to give the broccoli time to cook.
After 20 minutes, remove the lid again and add the cheese.
Stir the cheese in. The heat from the rice and broccoli will melt it.
Your Instant Pot Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole is ready to serve!
Instant Pot Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole Recipe
Like exact measurements? Me too! Here are the details for this Instant Pot Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole.
- 2-3 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 white onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 ½ cup long grain white rice
- 4 cups chicken broth
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- Salt and pepper to taste
Turn the Instant Pot on saute mode and add butter, onion and garlic to the inner pot, stirring while cooking for 2-3 minutes until slightly tender. Add in rice, chicken broth, and ½ teaspoon salt.
Close the instant pot lid and turn pressure valve to seal. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow for a quick pressure release.
Stir, and add in broccoli florets. Close the lid and let sit for an additional 20 minutes to steam the broccoli.
After 20 minutes, stir in the cheese and serve.
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