Opted out of using minute rice on this as well, used medium grain rice, makes for a much creamier consistency. Used 2 cups, this made for a nearly-overflowing 13x9 baking dish full when combined with all other ingredients. You DO need the onion for flavoring, DO NOT leave this out! Opted for a 3-cheddar blend of shredded cheese instead of Velveeta or other processed cheese block, this and the extra rice completely took care of the possibilty of 'soupiness' in this. I actually ended up pre-cooking the broccoli because it needed to be chopped better (I bought florets instead of just chopped broccoli so not so many stems in this), onion, and added all other ingredients in and mixed on the stovetop instead of just mixing in the baking dish to put in the oven. I also added in a 14-oz can of mushrooms, drained. I did bake this after mixing on the stovetop for everything to warm through comepletely. Ended up not having to stir anything in the middle because of stovetop prep! Totally make-ahead and freeze friendly, reheats great after thawed!
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Opted out of using minute rice on this as well, used medium grain rice, makes for a much...