I thought I would post the recipe that immediately came to my mind when Kelly first posted her soup recipe. It is sort of similar to the one that Dani posted. And, I don't mean to be a copy cat... but this is the recipe I always intended to post. The dish I always ask Mom to make. The recipe for which I've called and called and called Mom so she could remind me how to make it. (For some reason, it never actually makes it onto a recipe card and into my recipe file.) It's the recipe that Mom always makes for me when we have a big family gathering. It's the food that always makes it into some sort of plastic container and is tucked in my bag on my way back to my house after a visit at home. And, its the food that is usually placed in the microwave immediately after I arrive at my house. I don't know why I love it so much, but I do.
Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole
2 T oil or margarine or butter
1/4 c finely chopped onion
1/8 c chopped celery
1 can cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup
1 8 oz. jar Cheez Whiz
1 soup can of milk
1 c minute rice
1 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped broccoli (square box usually)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large skillet, saute onion and celery in butter until clear. On medium heat (warm enough to melt Cheez Whiz), add milk, soup and cheez and stir to combine with onion and celery. Add rice and broccoli. Stir continuously to slightly thaw and even distribute rice and broccoli. Keep in mind this will be baked to cook. So, if mixture seems thick, add up to another 1/2 soup can of milk. Spray 9x9 baking dish with cooking spray. Pour mixture into baking dish. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes until top browns and bubbles. Let stand for 5 - 10 minutes before serving.
Mom almost always doubles this recipe and places it in a 9x13 deep dish for our family events. If she does double, she uses a 16 oz. bag of frozen chopped broccoli or two small boxes. Either will be fine.
Since coming home, I've been trying to juggle several projects and fight a cold. So, I'm sorry I'm behind in my posting. A cold always seems to come right before I'm supposed to sing somewhere. This afternoon, my brother and I will be singing a duet at our cousin David's wedding, and I'm praying the hoarseness will hold off and my sore throat will go away. I've been taking regular doses of various herbs, vitamin C, hot tea, Cold Eeze, and that yummy vegetable beef soup that Dad posted in the comments section a day or two ago. I pray it helps when it really needs to count at 2:00 pm today. Please join me in praying for my cousin David and his soon-to-be-wife Jennifer. Hopefully, I'll be able to post some pictures from the wedding next week.