Sunday, April 5, 2009

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Mr. B loves broccoli.  I hate broccoli.  Therefore, Mr. B never gets to eat broccoli when I'm the one doing the cooking.  You know the don't have to cook anything you don't like.

Well, my sweet husband will be eating more broccoli!  

Leave it to Ina to make broccoli edible.

This was really good and so easy.  A perfect side to just about anything!  The addition of pine nuts, basil and parmesan turned bland ole broccoli into something I'll be making over and over again.  Mr. B might actually get tired of it.

(I halved the recipe for the two of us)

Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli
2008, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, All Rights Reserved
Show: Barefoot ContessaEpisode: Fast and Fabulous


4 to 5 pounds broccoli
4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
Good olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil leaves (about 12 leaves)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Cut the broccoli florets from the thick stalks, leaving an inch or two of stalk attached to the florets, discarding the rest of the stalks. Cut the larger pieces through the base of the head with a small knife, pulling the florets apart. You should have about 8 cups of florets. Place the broccoli florets on a sheet pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Toss the garlic on the broccoli and drizzle with 5 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until crisp-tender and the tips of some of the florets are browned.

Remove the broccoli from the oven and immediately toss with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, the lemon zest, lemon juice, pine nuts, Parmesan, and basil. Serve hot.

1 comment:

  1. I make broccoli that way all the time and my kids love it. Easy and delicious, what could be better?