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Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Sure, it’s simple and healthy but, oh, is this roasted broccoli delicious. Cutting the stalks into tall “trees” turns an ordinary veggie into a standout side dish. —Holly Sander, Lake Mary, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 small broccoli crowns (about 8 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Cut broccoli crowns into quarters from top to bottom. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Place in a parchment-lined 15x10x1-in. pan.
  • Roast until crisp-tender, 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle with garlic; roast 5 minutes longer. Sprinkle with cheese; roast until cheese is melted and stalks of broccoli are tender, 2-4 minutes more. Sprinkle with lemon zest.
Nutrition Facts
2 broccoli pieces: 144 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 378mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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  • Joel
    Feb 12, 2021

    This was great. Best broccoli I've ever had. Can't wait to make it again.

  • Orbs
    Jan 31, 2021

    Delicious and so easy to prepare! I did not add the pepper or garlic. Thank you, Holly for sharing this recipe.

  • pattiejean
    Jan 12, 2021

    I love roasting broccoli and make it often. I came across this recipe in the TOH Instapot cookbook, and decided to give it a try for a different twist. It was so good-we loved the cheese and garlic combination. VFE

  • Appy_Girl
    Jul 27, 2020

    This was so good. I did not have fresh so I used frozen chopped. It worked like a charm. Baked at 400 degrees. Love the cheese and garlic dusting at the very end. It stays right with the recipe instead of being baked away. VFE

  • sgronholz
    Jul 18, 2020

    We enjoy roasted broccoli quite often, but the addition of red pepper, Parmesan, and lemon zest really put this recipe over the top! I can't wait to make it again!

  • Rellierae
    May 26, 2020

    We enjoyed this.

  • veggiemama
    May 18, 2020

    This is really good! I used frozen (thawed) broccoli and dried lemon peel.

  • emmyevans
    Dec 13, 2018

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  • cynandtom
    Apr 1, 2018

    I made with a bag of cauluflower and broccoli. Great flavor, nice side dish!

  • PrplMonky5
    Feb 18, 2018

    I made this dish without the lemon zest because I didn't have any at the time and it was still delicious! The broccoli did start to burn a bit by the end, but I needed to keep it in because it wasn't tender yet. Next time I'll lower the oven temp and see if that helps. I ommited the red pepper flakes because I'm not a fan of "spicy foods". Also, I used minced garlic instead of slivered, seemed to work out fine. I'm looking forward to trying this again WITH the zest!