These Broccoli Cheddar and White Bean Quesadillas are easy to make and packed with protein! You only need a few ingredients and these quesadillas can be enjoyed for lunch, dinner or even breakfast. The broccoli is cooked with some onion and garlic to make it extra flavorful, before it’s added into the quesadillas with white beans and cheddar cheese.
Quesadillas are one of those comfort foods that get made often around here. Cheese quesadillas are probably most common, but sometimes I like to switch things up and add a few other ingredients to the mix. These Broccoli Cheddar and White Bean Quesadillas are packed with protein and great for lunch or dinner.
Broccoli and cheddar is a popular flavor combination and they also happen to go well with white beans! These quesadillas can be enjoyed by themselves, or with a side of chips and salsa, a salad or rice and beans.
Broccoli Cheddar and White Bean Quesadilla Recipe Ingredients
- Broccoli – I like to use fresh broccoli for this recipe, but frozen and thawed broccoli would also work. If using fresh, you can use both the floret and the stalk. I find that it’s best if you chop the broccoli into small pieces so that it fits into the quesadilla better, and is easier to eat.
- Onion – I sautéed up some white onion before adding the broccoli in, just for a little extra flavor. Onion powder could also be added instead of fresh onion.
- Garlic – Garlic and broccoli go together really well, so I added in a few cloves of garlic. You can also use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic if you like.
- White Beans – You can use either great northern beans or cannelloni beans for this recipe. Chickpeas would work as well, but I wanted to change it up a little bit since I use so many chickpeas in my recipes!
- Cheese – I like to use sharp cheddar cheese because it has the most flavor, but any kind of cheese will work.
- Tortillas – I used medium sized flour tortillas, but you can make these quesadillas any size you like. Corn tortillas can also be used.
- Butter or Olive Oil – I cooked the broccoli in olive oil and then used butter to cook the quesadillas in. You can use whatever kind of oil or butter you like.
How To Make These Easy Broccoli Cheddar Quesadillas with White Beans
- Wash your broccoli and then chop it into small pieces. You can use both the florets and the stalks for this recipe. I like to chop my broccoli pretty small, so that it isn’t too much bigger than the white beans.
- Heat a large pan over medium heat and add a couple teaspoons of olive oil and the diced onion. Cook onion for 1-2 minutes and then add in the broccoli, salt and pepper. Mix everything together and let broccoli cook until softened and starting to brown, 7-10 minutes. Add in the white beans and cook for another minute. Season with extra salt, pepper or red pepper flakes, if needed.
- Lay your tortilla flat and add about 1/4 cup grated cheese to half of the tortilla and top with a couple spoonfuls of the broccoli and white bean mixture. I like to add another small sprinkle of cheese to the top, just to help seal the quesadilla together better.
- Heat a large pan over medium heat and coat the bottom with a little olive oil or butter. Place your quesadillas into the pan and let cook for 2-4 minutes each side, until golden brown and cheese is melted.
Quesadilla Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
- Can these quesadillas be made gluten free? Yes, just use gluten free tortillas, or naturally gluten free corn tortillas.
- Can vegan cheese be used for this recipe? Yes, you can use any kind of vegan cheese you like. Some vegan cheeses are better at melting than others, but just use your favorite kind.
- Can these broccoli cheddar quesadillas be frozen? Yes, these are a great meal to freeze for later. You can freeze either before cooking for after cooking. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Re-heat on the stovetop or in the oven.
- How long will leftovers last in the refrigerator? If stored in an airtight container, leftovers should last about 4 days. Re-heat in microwave, on the stovetop or in the oven.
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