Crispy Vegetable Casserole | Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Crispy-Topped Vegetable Casserole


20 min.


50 min.

Serving Size

4 servings


  • 2 cups (500 mL) each, chopped carrots, cauliflower and broccoli
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup (250 mL) milk
  • 6 oz (175 g) brick-style cream cheese (3/4 pkg), cut into cubes
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) grated Canadian Parmesan cheese


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter an 8-cup (2 L) shallow baking dish.
2. Place carrots in a large saucepan; add water to cover by 3 inches (7.5 cm) and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and boil gently for 5 minutes or until starting to soften. Add cauliflower, then broccoli; cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar, and boil gently for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender-crisp. Drain well and place in buttered dish.
3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the butter over medium heat; sauté onion for about 5 minutes or until softened. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter and stir until melted. Sprinkle in flour, salt, and pepper to taste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Gradually pour in milk, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking, for about 3 minutes or until it’s thick and bubbly.
4. Reduce heat to low; add cream cheese and stir until smooth. Pour over vegetables in the dish and stir gently to coat evenly. Bake for 20 minutes.
5. Melt remaining butter and toss with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over casserole. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crisp and golden.


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  • Be sure to cook the vegetables slightly in boiling water since they will cook further in the sauce in the oven.
  • If you want to use frozen vegetables, thaw them, then drain them and skip the second step.
  • Reduce the baking time to 15 minutes before adding the topping.
  • Use 6 cups (1.5 L) of one of the suggested vegetables and/or add 3 cloves of minced garlic with the onion.
  • Variation: use 6 cups (1.5 L) of one of the suggested vegetables and/or add 3 cloves of minced garlic with the onion.