The Best (and Easiest!) Roasted Broccoli Recipe
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I love broccoli! There, I said it! Broccoli is, and always has been, one of my favorite vegetables. It used to be that I’d cook frozen broccoli in the microwave, toss a little garlic salt on top and call it a day. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly use frozen broccoli…I’ve just realized as I’ve gotten older that 1) fresh vegetables taste better and 2) they are surprisingly easy to cook! Roasting vegetables in the oven is one of my favorite ways to make vegetables and this roasted broccoli recipe comes together quickly!
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The Best Roasted Broccoli
2 crowns of broccoli
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced (see Note below for tip on mincing)
1/4 cup olive oil (I use EVOO)
2-3 TBSP Grated Parmesan cheese (shaky cheese as my Mom so lovingly called it when I was growing up)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
Wash and dry your broccoli crowns and cut your broccoli into bite size pieces.
Toss cut broccoli with olive oil, garlic, Parmesan and salt and pepper.
Place tossed mixture onto a foil lined cookie sheet and put into your preheated oven. Bake on the top rack for approximately 20 minutes until broccoli florets become crispy and charred and the stems are tender.
We tend to cook our broccoli a little longer because it’s easier for Baby A and Baby G to eat (why the broccoli appears so dark green in the photo above). If you like your broccoli a little crispier, feel free to bake for a shorter amount of time and pull from the oven when it is a bright green shade. Luckily Baby A loves broccoli, especially this broccoli! She will eat it (and most vegetables, we are SO LUCKY!) before anything on her plate!
You can absolutely omit the garlic or the Parmesan if you don’t care for either (or have an allergy!), the most important part of this recipe (in my opinion) is the olive oil to get a good roast and a nice char on that broccoli!
Mincing garlic by hand can be a P-A-I-N. In order to mince my garlic for this, and every other recipe, I use a garlic zoom. My garlic zoom is BY FAR my most used kitchen gadget. It’s so easy to use and perfectly minces the garlic each and every time. The garlic zoom I use is Martha Stewart Garlic Zoom. I’ve had this for 4 years and use it daily.
Please let me know your thoughts on this recipe, and any suggestions you may have, in the comments section below!