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Holiday Broccoli Rice Casserole

I came up with this combination for broccoli rice casserole for a holiday potluck party for work. We have several vegetarians, plus one allergy to egg, one to corn and one to wheat. This is the altered result. It would probably be easiest to divide this into approximate thirds for smaller groups.


Holiday Broccoli Rice Casserole Feeds 30-40 (no egg, no wheat, no meat, no corn)


    • 3 cups uncooked Uncle Ben's rice
    • 6 3/4 cups water
    • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
    • 1 cube vegetable bullion

    • 3 10-3/4 oz cans Campbell's cream of mushroom soup
    • 1 lb (16 oz) velveeta cheese
    • 1 8 oz. package Kroger brand double pizza cheese

    • 2 medium onions, chopped
    • 1 whole bunch of celery, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon rubbed sage

    • 1 28 oz package frozen chopped broccoli (cooked)


  1. Heat water with salt and 1 vegetable bullion cube and butter or margarine to boiling. Add rice, cover with tight fitting lid, return to boil, then turn down to simmer for 20-25 minutes or all water is absorbed.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick dutch oven, begin heating 3 cans cream of mushroom soup over medium heat and add cubes of velveeta cheese. Stir often until cheese is melted. Then add package of pizza cheese and half and half. Stir well and heat until all cheese is melted.

  3. Meanwhile, in separate skillet, melt butter or margarine (approx. 3 tablespoons). Add sage, chopped onion and chopped celery. Saute until vegetables are just tender, then stir into the pot with soups and melted cheeses.

  4. Using the same skillet from onion/celery, add about a cup of water, and whole package or broccoli, cover and bring to boil. Simmer 5 minutes or just until tender.

  5. While broccoli is cooking, add cooked rice to soups, etc. Stir well and keep on medium-low heat. When broccoli is cooked, drain very well and fold into soups, cheeses, etc. Serve now in a bowl or place in heatable casserole dish to take a party.

  6. . If you wish, crush some herbed seasoned bread dressing cubes and sprinkle on top as "garnish" and extra flavor. Would not be wheat free then.

By Lynn

Editor's Note: It has been noted by many people that Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup is not wheat/corn free. There may be other brands that are better for this. As with any food allergies, check the labels carefully.

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By nancy (Guest Post)
December 27, 20040 found this helpful

Here's an easier way to prepare yours in a crockpot.

2 cups rice
2 pkg 10oz chopped broccoli or 1 16 oz bag
1 pound velveeta, cut up
stick of butter
1 cans cream of chicken/celery or mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk

Put all in crockpot, cook on high 2 hours and low for an hour.......AWESOME AND SUPER EASY

You can also add boneless chicken to this and make it a main entree.

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By patricia (Guest Post)
July 7, 20050 found this helpful

Almost all commercial "cream of" soups contain wheat, & all of Campbell's "cream of" soups most certainly do contain wheat. Did you read the label, especially near the end? Wheat is used in the "cream of" soups as a thickening agent, in the form of wheat flour.


So, unfortunately if this recipe is made with the soup brand specified, it will not be wheat free. There are a small handful of gluten free specialy brands that make wheat free condensed cream of mushroom soup.

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By Sherry (Guest Post)
November 12, 20070 found this helpful

I could kiss your feet Lynn! My family also has severe allergies to wheat and eggs, and I'm always stumped as to what to serve! Kudos to you for publishing this recipe and thanks from all of us whose meal choices could put us in the hospital!
God Bless!Sherry

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By Shelly (Guest Post)
January 22, 20080 found this helpful

Cream of mushroom soup has both wheat and corn ingredients.

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By Jacquie (Guest Post)
October 14, 20080 found this helpful

This is NOT GLUTEN FREE! Campells soups has wheat as a thickener! Please read labels!

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By Rachel (Guest Post)
December 10, 20080 found this helpful

Most of the cream of anything soups does have wheat and dairy in them. Alot of the bullion products have wheat unfortunately.


I know it has been said already but if you are trying to help people find wheat free dairy free check your ingredients first.

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By Rachel (Guest Post)
December 10, 20080 found this helpful

Instead of cream of whatever soups use a short grain rice, it will produce a little creaminess and instead of bullion there are some really good stock that do not have wheat in them.

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By Jeanette (Guest Post)
February 18, 20090 found this helpful

Almost all of the canned soups have wheat in them. I have gluten allergy so the easiest thing to do is make your own with gluten free flour, milk, butter and mushrooms. Most health food stores do carry a gluten free version of the cream soups. Most jar alfredo sauces do not have wheat but do have corn starch, I have found they make a good substitute for cream soups in many recipes.

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