This may be the most simple topping to a crusty piece of bread, scrambled eggs…
A simple broccoli side that will finally welcome your family into the“Clean Plate Club”. Nothing a little cheese and garlic can’t fix!
Known fact – I used to bring broccoli to work for lunch ever single day. It was such a lean side to either a piece of chicken, egg whites and sometimes a sweet potato (oh the luxury….). I was known for also bringing a whole bottle of buffalo or hot sauce along too. Maybe both. (It didn’t make me want to fall asleep after lunch.) I was a girl with a weird reputation…that’s for sure.
Grown up me (and by grown up I mean 4 years later) has upped the broccoli game because I’ve noticed that it’s not everyone’s favorite. I personally could eat it steamed and plain but I have a family member who has to have butter all over it to mask the flavor.
As an Italian, we use a lot of similar herbs and flavors in our cooking. This pairs well with a lot of Italian or Mediterranean meals because of the fresh, clean ingredients. I’m talking garlic, citrus and a hell of a lot of herbs.
This recipe should cure it for all. It’s herbaceous with a nice lemon finish. I feel like I need to explain why I add cheese to this. I’m pretty sure everyone knows that broccoli and cheese make a happily married couple…so no regrets on that. It may look like a basic broccoli side but it’s so much more. Also – ROASTING is the key.
- 1½ pounds fresh broccoli
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram)
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 medium lemon zest and juice
- Preheat oven to 400°
- Line a large baking sheet with foil. Spray foil with non stick cooking spray.
- Cut apart the broccoli, removing the bottom stem by breaking off even sized florets. Place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper, salt and pepper. With your hands, toss all the ingredients together until coated and then spread the broccoli florets out on the baking sheet so they are not crowding each other. Keep broccoli in a single layer.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. Broccoli should be crispy around the edges and tender in the middle. If not, put back into the oven for 3-5 more minutes. After removing the broccoli from the oven, sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese, lemon zest and juice. Add salt and pepper for taste if needed.