Broccoli Cheese Casserole with Orzo

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Get ready for the ultimate broccoli cheese casserole made with fresh broccoli and delicious orzo pasta!

This fantastic broccoli cheese casserole is cooked in a trusty cast iron skillet and features our favorite pasta – orzo!

Prepare yourself for the broccoli casserole you’ve always dreamed of because this broccoli and cheese casserole is exactly that.

With toasted orzo, fresh broccoli, and a simple cheese sauce, this casserole is the perfect addition to any meal, whether as a side or a main course. Plus, you’ll only need one pan, so cleanup is a breeze!

Broccoli Cheese Casserole with Orzo

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 4


  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup 2% or whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons Frank’s hot sauce
  • 12 oz. broccoli florets chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1.5 cups shredded yellow cheddar cheese


  • Heat a large skillet with sides over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Once fragrant, add the minced onion. Season with ⅛ teaspoon of salt and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for another minute before adding orzo pasta. Toss the orzo with onion and garlic and toast for 3-4 minutes until golden brown, stirring consistently.
  • Add remaining salt, chives, black pepper, broth, milk, and hot sauce to the skillet. Stir and bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer orzo for 3-4 minutes.
  • Uncover the skillet and add chopped broccoli. Gently toss with orzo, cover, and simmer for another 3-4 minutes until most liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove skillet from heat, add cheddar cheese, and stir until melted.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with freshly cracked pepper.


  • Add broccoli later to prevent it from becoming mushy.
  • If there’s excess liquid after 6-8 minutes, leave skillet uncovered for a few minutes to cook off the liquid.

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