Annamaria Settanni McDonald Recipe

Our Lady of Lourdes Broccoli Casserole

By Annamaria Settanni McDonald ArtByASM

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Annamaria's Story

Every year I make a pilgrimage to a hidden grotto in Cleveland that is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, a place influenced by the Grotto where the Virgin Mary was seen at the location of Lourdes, France by Saint Bernadette. The nuns cook up some great food with the help of some volunteers. Many nuns there are retired from my church and there are also missionary nuns from Africa and other places in the world. My favorite nun there is Sister Phyllis Ann who was my confirmation teacher at my church until she transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes which holds the home of Our Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity. This is also the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. We get the best food and we go with other women in our church's solidarity and pray, do the rosary and talk. It's a day of prayer we dedicate to do every year. At lunch we get spoiled with a huge lunch or we can get breakfast if we get there earlier. At lunch they make this Broccoli Casserole. It is so good that I can't help but get a second side plate of it. So here I am sharing this recipe with you. It means a lot to me because not only is it from some of the best nuns/people I know but it's a day and a dish that I share with family and friends. Yesterday I went with other members of the church along with my son (who was the center of attention) my mom and my sister. My mom, sister and I spend this day together every year! My sister and I exchanged gifts that we bought from the gift shop. It was beautiful, sunny fall like day and it was peaceful, even my 2 year old son was so well mannered, it was angelic! It was truly a miracle and a mommy and son spending day! Enjoy the recipe and God Bless! The Shrine's website: NOTE: I do prefer using fresh broccoli for this dish, gives it a much more fresh taste on it's richness.


14 oz
frozen chopped broccoli (or you can use cooked broccoli florets)
1 c
8 oz
velvetta cheese
1 Tbsp
butter and margarine
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1/4 tsp
pepper to taste
long sleeve of ritz crackers loosely coarsely crushed
1-2 Tbsp
melted butter or margarine
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ritz crackers or more if you'd like

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large saucepan, cook the broccoli according to package directions; drain. Stir in the milk, cheese, butter and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat until cheese is melted, stirring often. Add the sleeve of crumbled crackers and stir to blend. Pour mixture into an 11×7-inch baking dish.
In a small bowl, melt butter in microwave; stir in the crumbled crackers. Sprinkle over top of broccoli mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbly.

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    Leila Rockwell leilaroc - Sep 19, 2011
    This recipe sounds delicious to me so saved it and will get the ingredients soon. I loved your story and glad you and your family find comfort there.
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    Annamaria Settanni McDonald ArtByASM - Sep 19, 2011
    Yes it was a great day. We had a memorial mass for my dad because in 2 days it will be 2 years since he has passed away then after we went to the shrine and met the other parishioners there. It was a humble day with tears shed as well.
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    Nancy Rozek nerozek - Sep 19, 2011
    Thanks for the recipe, and it is extra special given the source! Thank you so much for sharing that :-)
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    Melanie Deckard Carmello - Sep 19, 2011
    Annamaria I have this same recipe with one little exception. Mine calls for a small can of sliced water chestnuts. This gives the casserole a little extra crunch.
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    Jan W Neeniejan - Sep 19, 2011
    Annamaria, I loved reading your story! It's nice that you do this every year, time to share with family and friends and to reflect on what is important in your life...I'm sure it brings you much peace and happiness!
    The recipe is great, I am saving to try it soon...thanks for sharing! God bless! ♥