I was inspired by my asparagus with prosciutto and parmesan recipe to create oven roasted broccoli. I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t eat much broccoli at all just because I don’t know how to cook it in variety of ways. Even I, the veggie lover that I am, get bored with steamed broccoli, which pretty much is the only way I normally prepare it.
My only memory of eating broccoli at home was steamed broccoli with yellow cheesy sauce, courtesy of my sister. Back then it was so so good, right now not so much. Thing is you don’t need overload of creamy sauces or cheesy stuff to flavor the broccoli. Just little bit of fat and healthy nuts and you will never go back to the cheesy stuff. I promise.
Roasted broccoli is out of this world! Seriously. Never thought of roasting broccoli before but apparently if you roast any veggie, it tastes good. Smoky, crispy, and a little sweet. I flavored the broccoli (lightly) with some good ol’ fashioned bacon. It adds just enough flavor and crispness without overpowering the healthy green. I sprinkled in some pine nuts for nutty crunch and finished it off with some parmesan cheese and squeeze of lemon juice. Lemon juice adds that little extra freshness and kick to the smoky broccoli and I would not skip it.
This is the ultimate weeknight side dish. Minimal clean up, quick, and tasty. Plus bacon! Sometimes you just gotta have it. I bet even the broccoli haters of the family will have a bite or two once they see crispy bacon 🙂 Serve this with anything baked, grilled, fried. It tastes absolutely delicious right out of the oven but you can totally serve it at room temperature and even cold the next day.
- 6 cups raw broccoli florets
- 3 strips bacon, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. pine nuts
- 1 Tbsp. freshly grated parmesan cheese
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- fresh lemon juice, optional
- Preheat the oven to 425F.
- Arrange the broccoli florets on a baking sheet in a single layer. Toss in the chopped bacon and pine nuts.
- Drizzle olive oil over the broccoli and season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Bake in the oven for 12-18 minutes or until the broccoli is tender and bacon is crisp.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and squeeze of lemon juice, if desired. Serve immediately.