Broccoli, Cheddar, and Brown Rice Casserole

Ingredients:

1 T olive oil
1 cup brown rice, uncooked
Low sodium chicken broth to cook the rice per package directions
1 T butter, unsalted
1 cup onion, minced
1 large shallot, minced
3 cups fresh broccoli florets, rinsed and trimmed to bite sized pieces
1 (10 oz) can cream of celery soup, undiluted (or one recipe of homemade Thick and Creamy Celery Soup)
1 1/3 cup condensed milk
1 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 t ground black pepper

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a pot set over medium heat.

Add the brown rice and toast for 3 minutes.

Add enough chicken broth to cook the rice per package directions (usually about 2 cups), bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until the broth is absorbed.

Fluff with a fork, set the pot aside, covered, to rest.

While rice is cooking, heat a large pot on medium heat.

Add the butter and sauté the onion and shallot until the onion is softened, approximately 4 minutes.

Add the broccoli and sauté for five more minutes.

Add the undiluted cream of celery soup, condensed milk, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, and black pepper. Stir together, cooking until hot.

Stir the rice into the soup mixture.

Spritz a 13×9 inch baking dish with your favorite non-stick spray.

Pour the mixture into the pan.

Top with the remaining cheese.

Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Absolutely delicious left over.

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