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Italian Broccoli

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


  • 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


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

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  • heatskitchen
    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
    Oct 25, 2015

    The subtle flavors are fine with me.

  • Strong Family
    Mar 4, 2013

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  • FarSideJim
    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.

  • pastaman13
    Aug 7, 2011

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