Broccoli Cheddar Quiche (Crustless)

Breakfast, lunch or dinner – this crustless Broccoli Cheddar Quiche is so packed with flavor that it’s hard to believe it’s light and healthy.
Broccoli cheddar quiche in a pie dish with a wedge cut out. Piece of quiche on a plate in background.

Broccoli cheddar quiche in a pie dish with a wedge cut out. Piece of quiche on a plate in background.

This broccoli cheddar quiche fits right into my quiche philosophy. The easier, the better! For me, that means that I can whip up a tasty, healthy egg dish without having to mess with pastry.

My devotion to crustless quiche recipes first started when I made my Skinny Southwestern Crustless Quiche. Once I realized how easy (and delicious!) it was, I went a little crazy with new versions:

For brunch or dinner, serve this quiche with a fruit salad or seasonal green salad, with a side of toast or sweet potato hash.

Broccoli florets in the bottom of a green and white pie dish. Bowl of eggs in background.

Broccoli florets in the bottom of a green and white pie dish. Bowl of eggs in background.

What you need for this Broccoli Cheddar Quiche:

These are the main components of this recipe (affiliate links included):

  • Eggs: I used a combination of large eggs and egg whites. If you prefer to use whole eggs exclusively, swap out the 4 egg whites with 2 additional large eggs (total of 6 eggs).
  • Broccoli: Cut the broccoli into small florets.
  • Cheese: I prefer to buy a block of Cheddar cheese and grate it myself rather than using pre-grated cheese, which tends to have fillers to stop it from clumping. That being said, use whatever works for you! Sometimes convenience reigns supreme.
  • Cottage cheese: Whether it’s crustless quiches or my Pesto Turkey Stuffed Shells, low-fat cottage cheese is a secret ingredient in my kitchen. The cheese melts as is cooks, so you don’t need to worry about finding clumps of it in the finished product.
  • Seasoning: A dash of dried thyme, salt and pepper are all you need.

Uncooked crustless quiche with grated cheese in a green pie dish. Bowl full of eggs in the background.

Uncooked crustless quiche with grated cheese in a green pie dish. Bowl full of eggs in the background.

Tips for making this crustless broccoli cheddar quiche recipe:

Crustless quiche, almost by definition, is easy to make. When there’s no pastry to mess with, all that’s left is whisking and baking!

  • Even though the broccoli florets are small, I find that the final texture is best if I blanch them first. Throw them into a pot of boiling water for a minute. Don’t forget to salt the water for a little extra flavor.
  • Once the minute is up, drain the broccoli in a colander, then either rinse it with cold water or plunge it into a bowl of ice water to stop it from cooking further.
  • Whisk together the eggs, egg whites, water, cottage cheese and seasoning. Whisk vigorously to break up the cottage cheese curds a bit. A little elbow grease!
  • Arrange the broccoli florets in a pie dish and pour the egg mixture over top. Top with the Cheddar cheese, then bake.
  • Don’t forget to first coat the pie dish with cooking spray so that the eggs don’t stick.

Overhead photo of crustless broccoli cheddar quiche in pie dish, with wedge cut out.

Overhead photo of crustless broccoli cheddar quiche in pie dish, with wedge cut out.

How to tell when crustless quiche is done:

You should be able to tell by just looking at the center of the quiche. Give the pie dish a gentle shake. If the center jiggles, cook for a few more minutes.

Use the tip of your finger to press on the surface of the egg to determine if the center is set. Careful – it will be hot! Alternatively, stick a small, sharp knife into the center of the quiche. If it comes out clean, the quiche is done.

A piece of crustless quiche on a gray plate. Rest of quiche in a pie dish in the background.

A piece of crustless quiche on a gray plate. Rest of quiche in a pie dish in the background.

Other healthy brunch recipes:

Healthy Banana Pancakes {Cookin’ Canuck}
Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage {Cookin’ Canuck}
The Best Homemade Whole Wheat Waffles {Bless This Mess}
California Eggs Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise {Lively Table}

Broccoli cheddar quiche in a pie dish with a wedge cut out. Piece of quiche on a plate in background.Broccoli cheddar quiche in a pie dish with a wedge cut out. Piece of quiche on a plate in background.

Broccoli Cheddar Quiche (Crustless)

Breakfast, lunch or dinner – this crustless Broccoli Cheddar Quiche is so packed with flavor that it’s hard to believe it’s light and healthy.

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Course: Breakfast, Entrees

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Broccoli Cheddar Quiche, Crustless Quiche

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 6 Servings

Calories: 131.3kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup small broccoli florets
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Light coat a 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray.

  • Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli florets and cook for 1 minute. Drain in a colander and rinse with very cold water or immediately plunge into a bowl of ice water. Arrange the broccoli in the bottom of the pie dish.

  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, egg whites, water, cottage cheese, thyme, salt and pepper. Whisk vigorously to break up the cottage cheese.

  • Pour the egg mixture over the broccoli in the pie dish. Top with the Cheddar cheese.

  • Bake until the egg is just set and a small, sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.

  • Let the quiche rest for 5 minutes, then cut into 6 wedges. Serve.

Notes

Weight Watchers Points: 2 (Blue – Freestyle SP) / 4 (Green) / 2 (Purple)

Nutrition

Serving: 1wedge | Calories: 131.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.7g | Protein: 14.1g | Fat: 7.3g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Cholesterol: 137.3mg | Sodium: 359.8mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1.9g


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