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Cheesy Ranch Broccoli Bake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 cups fresh small broccoli florets
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 container (8 oz) cream cheese spread, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 package (1 oz) ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 15 coarsely broken Ritz™ crackers
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12×8-inch (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In large (at least 4-quart) microwavable glass bowl, mix broccoli, bell pepper and water; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on High 4 to 5 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes, until broccoli is bright in color and hot; drain. Return broccoli and bell pepper to bowl.
  3. Place cream cheese spread and milk in medium microwavable glass bowl. Microwave uncovered on High 1 minute; use whisk to blend (mixture will have a few small lumps).
  4. Stir dressing mix into cream cheese mixture; mix well. Add cheese; stir to combine. Pour cheese mixture over broccoli and bell pepper; toss to coat. Spread in baking dish.
  5. In small bowl, toss crackers with melted butter. Sprinkle over broccoli.
  6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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