Italian Broccoli Recipe
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Italian Broccoli Recipe

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I have been making this dish for years. It is a great way to dress up broccoli, a colorful side dish with any roasted meats. I often steam the broccoli ahead of time, cool it quickly in cold water, drain and then, when ready to serve, warm it in the hot garlic oil.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/2 pound fresh broccoli spears, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • Salt to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 96 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Place broccoli in a steamer basket; place in a small saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 5-7 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, combine the oil, garlic and pepper flakes if desired. Cook over low heat until garlic begins to brown, about 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, remove garlic and discard. Add broccoli and toss to coat. Season with salt. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Italian Broccoli in Reminisce Extra July 2006, p 52

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heatskitchen User ID: 8366358 239758
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"My husband called this 'melt in your mouth broccoli' and loved it! I used frozen broccoli instead of fresh and it turned out great. Here's my blog post on it:"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 235631
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"The subtle flavors are fine with me."

FarSideJim User ID: 5668206 72754
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"I'm sorry, but I don't get it. This was very bland, without substance. There are many better ways to prepare unforgettable broccoli, but this isn't one of them."

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