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Easy Crustless Quiche with Broccoli and Cheddar (Freezer Friendly!)

These mini Crustless Broccoli Quiche are made in muffin tins and are perfect for on-the-go breakfasts! This delicious recipe is great for meal prepping and can be frozen for later. Come learn how to make these broccoli quiches and how easy it is to freeze them!

overhead shot of a mini Crustless Broccoli Quiche on a plate with fork

Creating This Recipe for Mini Broccoli Quiches

Springtime always makes me think of quiche. I don’t know what it is about spring that brings about thoughts of deliciously baked quiche, but it does.

I can just imagine waking up Easter morning to the smell of a fresh pot of coffee and the amazing aroma of Mini Crustless Broccoli Quiches happily baking away in the oven.

Not that anyone would wake up before me and cook these days…

Quiche has become one of my go-to breakfast recipes because it is such a versatile dish, perfect to make ahead of time, and still tastes amazing after it has been frozen and thawed. I love to make more than one at a time, so I can have a fresh one on hand, and freeze the second for a breakfast in a pinch.

Another perfect way to have quiche at the drop of a hat is to make individual portions like I did here. It is so simple to do, and it cooks faster than it would in a pie crust.

Not to mention the ease of it being crustless too, so you don’t have to bother with making homemade piecrust and cutting out the crust and pinching it into the muffin pan. And it is healthier too.

It doesn’t get much better than that!

What I Love About this Broccoli Quiche Recipe

4 reasons I think this is the best quiche with broccoli:

  • This crustless broccoli cheddar quiche recipe has a ton of flavor! With the sharpness of the white cheddar, the parmesan cheese, and the pancetta, these mini crustless quiches are anything but boring – a great easy brunch recipe!
  • Crustless also means faster to prepare. Without having to prepare pie dough and roll a pie shell out, you can get these broccoli quiches in the oven so quickly.
  • The cook time is so quick compared to a traditional quiche making this recipe great for busy days (are there every any days that aren’t busy if you have kids?)
  • They are re mini individual quiches so they’re hand held and portable. A great way to eat a healthy breakfast on the go!
ingredients to make Mini Crustless Broccoli Quiche Muffins

Crustless Broccoli Quiche Ingredients

This mini crustless broccoli cheese quiche recipe calls for basic ingredients you likely have on hand already. Here is the ingredient list:

  • Large Eggs
  • Half and Half
  • Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Pancetta
  • Green onion
  • Nutmeg
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

Ingredient Substitutions for this Quiche with Broccoli Recipe

  • Broccoli Florets and Kale: Feel free to use any vegetables you have on hand; I just happen to love kale and broccoli. Spinach, small pieces of sweet potatoes (probably need to cook before hand, at least partially), or diced red bell pepper would be great choices.
  • Pancetta: If you can’t find pancetta regular cooked bacon is a great alternative because it is similar. Diced ham (great if you have leftover meat from your holiday ham), or Italian Sausage are also great options.
  • Half and half: Heavy cream, light cream, whole milk, or 2% milk may be substituted.
  • Sharp White Cheddar: You could also use Sharp Cheddar Cheese (orange variety), Mild Cheddar Cheese, Swiss Cheese, or Gruyere Cheese. If you prefer a milder cheese flavor, I suggest Mozzarella Cheese or Mild Cheddar Cheeses.

Typically I don’t recommend making a bunch of substitutions when preparing a new recipe. When making substitutes, you won’t know if you don’t like the recipe or if the recipe didn’t turn out due to a preparation mistake, an ill effect from the substitute, or something else.

However, if you do choose to make substitutions in a recipe, I recommend only making one substitute at a time so you don’t have a building effect of multiple poor substitutions.

step by step photos demonstrating how to make Easy Crustless Quiche with Broccoli and Cheddar

How to Make Crustless Broccoli Quiche Cups

This is an easy crustless quiche cups recipe that requires just 20 minutes of hands-on prep time.

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray or olive oil.
  2. Combine eggs and half and half in a medium bowl and whisk together until fully combined.
  3. Add the seasonings, vegetables, half of the cheese, and pancetta to the mixing bowl. Stir together well.
  4. Pour the egg mixture evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Top with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake in the oven until the eggs are set and starting to get golden brown.
  6. Let the cooked broccoli quiche cool slightly before eating.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe for crustless broccoli quiches. Check out the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

Do I Have to Use a Muffin Tin in this Broccoli Quiche Recipe?

No! If you can’t make the mini crustless quiche in a muffin tin, you can bake the mixture in an 8×8-inch baking pan or a regular sized pie plate instead. Note that the bake time may vary, so just bake the center of quiche is set. I don’t recommend a deep dish pie plate to prepare this crustless broccoli quiche.

I Like Pie Crust! Can I Add a Crust to this Recipe?

Yes! You can make this crustless Broccoli Quiche Recipe in a regular sized pie plate with a homemade pie crust if you would like. Roll out the pie crust as you normally would and press it into the pie dish before adding the broccoli quiche filling.

You can also make mini quiches with a crust, too. Just cut the pie dough into small circles and press into the muffin tin cups before adding the egg mixture.

overhead shot of mini Crustless Broccoli Quiche on a cutting board

Can Crustless Mini Quiche Be Frozen?

Yes! This broccoli cheddar quiche recipe is a good recipe to freeze! Let the crustless broccoli cheese quiche muffins cool completely to room temperature, then seal the completely cool quiche inside a freezer bag for up to three months. Perfect if you want to do meal prep for breakfast or busy weeknight dinners.

Tips for Freezing Broccoli Quiche

  • If you don’t let the quiches cool before freezing, you’ll end up with too much moisture.
  • I recommend placing a piece of parchment paper in between each layer of quiches if you are stacking them in a bag or container. This will prevent them from sticking together and you’ll easily be able to pull one out of the freezer at a time.
  • Another option is to individually wrap each cooled quiche in plastic wrap and then place all the wrapped quiches in a freezer storage container or freezer bag.

How to Reheat Frozen Broccoli Quiche

To thaw, place in the fridge overnight or reheat gently in the microwave from frozen. I like to microwave at partial power in 30 second increments.

Can I Make this a Vegetarian Quiche?

Yes, you can easily make a vegetarian broccoli quiche using this recipe as a guideline!

Just leave out the meat in this broccoli cheddar quiche. I would recommend adding some diced red onion and a dash of garlic powder to make up for the flavor loss from the pancetta. Just saute the red onion over medium heat for a couple of minutes first, so it doesn’t taste raw.

mini Crustless Broccoli Quiche on a white plate

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This easy Quiche Lorraine recipe features leeks, bacon, and shredded gruyere cheese. A showstopper for any breakfast or brunch! 

This Bacon and Chard Quiche recipe features the addition of chard, bacon, and gouda for plenty of flavor. Serve it at your next spring brunch gathering and wow your guests!

Serve this Caramelized Onion Quiche recipe for breakfast or dinner with a simple side salad or fruit.

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Try this Broccoli Quiche Recipe at Home!

Next time you’re looking for an easy quiche recipe, give these Crustless Broccoli Quiches a try! When you do try it, I’d love to hear from you. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and give it a review for others to see what you thought of this great recipe.

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Mini Crustless Kale and Broccoli Quiches

Mini Crustless Kale and Broccoli Quiches

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Mini quiches that are perfect for on-the-go, and healthier than the average quiche. Even your kids will love this!

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 3/4 cup freshly shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 cup kale, rinsed, removed from stalks and chopped into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup diced pancetta (uncooked)
  • 1 Tbsp diced green onion
  • freshly ground salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • a pinch of nutmeg (or a couple grinds of fresh)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˙F and spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine eggs and half and half and whisk together until fully combined.
  3. Add in the seasonings, vegetables, cheese, and pancetta and stir together well.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, divide evenly among the 12 muffin pan holes. Top with more cheese if desired.
  5. Bake in the oven 25-30 minutes, until the eggs are set and starting to get golden brown.
  6. Remove and let cool slightly before removing from pan to cool completely.
  7. Store in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container until ready to serve. Serve warm.

Notes

Tips for Freezing Broccoli Quiche

  • I recommend placing a piece of parchment paper in between each layer of quiches if you are stacking them in a bag or container. This will prevent them from sticking together and you'll easily be able to pull one out of the freezer at a time.
  • Another option is to individually wrap each cooled quiche in plastic wrap and then place all the wrapped quiches in a freezer storage container or freezer bag.

  • How to Reheat Frozen Broccoli Quiche

To thaw, place in the fridge overnight or reheat gently in the microwave from frozen. I like to microwave at partial power in 30 second increments.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 150Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 101mgSodium 225mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 8g

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Post Information: This recipe was originally written on 4/9/14 by Carla of Carla’s Confections Blog. It has been edited by Good Life Eats to include additional information and new photosPhotography: photos in this post are by Rachael from Set the Table.

judith

Sunday 19th of March 2017

Delicious! I used all kale and swiss cheese instead. My teenage kids gobbled the mini-muffins up!

Audrey

Friday 19th of December 2014

Thanks for the recipe. We like to have eggs daily but don't always have time to make them in the mornings, so was looking for a recipe like this without crust. I used pancetta, kale and mushrooms since I didn't have any broccoli on hand. Also used jumbo eggs, which might explain why it took much longer than 30 minutes to cook :-)

Amanda

Thursday 28th of August 2014

Hi there! I made these last night and doubled the recipe, so I have a container full of them in the freezer. Do you have a favorite method for defrosting and reheating them from the frozen stage? Thanks for this recipe! It's delicious!

Carla | Carla's Confections

Thursday 28th of August 2014

I am so glad you made these! They are awesome and a really filling breakfast :) If you have the time to heat them in the oven from the frozen stage (at 300 until heated through) they would definitely taste best, but in a pinch the microwave is perfect. Just place it on a papertowel to soak up any extra water from being frozen :) hope you enjoy them!!!

Lauren

Friday 20th of June 2014

I want to make these for a party I'm going to tonight. I want to use a muffin pan with smaller muffin holes so they will go farther. I don't have broccoli on hand, but I thought finely chopped mushrooms may be a good substitute. What do you think about these alterations? Also, can I make them just before going to the party and serve them warm, or is the refrigerated period you mentioned necessary? Looks like an awesome recipe. Thanks for posting it and I look forward to hearing back from you.

Carla | Carlas Confections

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

Those substitutions sound awesome! Mushroom would be absolutely delicious! And certainly not necessary to refrigerate prior to enjoying :) it's just to make them last longer, but if they are being consumed the same day, totally not needed. Hope this helps!

alex

Wednesday 14th of May 2014

Im going to give these a try today what does half and half mean ?? Thanks

Carla | Carlas Confections

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

Half and half is a mixture you can buy at the store of milk and cream. You can find it in the milk isle. Hope this helps! :)

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