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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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  • 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!

  • ms11145
    Feb 11, 2018

    I roast broccoli all of the time but this was the first time for lemon zest included. While I may not do this all of the time, I will definitely try to remember.

  • Debglass11
    Jan 30, 2018

    We eat broccoli often in our house, and love it. I usually steam it and then sprinkle it with butter and parmesan, but now we like it better roasted. The lemon zest and garlic add a nice touch. Super easy side dish and delicious.This is definitely something I will make again!Volunteer Field Editor

  • justmbeth
    Dec 28, 2017

    So, so good! Layer upon layer of my favorite flavors.