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Ina Garten's Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

The Barefoot Contessa Puts a Spin on Veggies

The chef discusses her new book, "Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics."
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Vegetables — something most people know they should eat but just have a hard time trying to swallow. Well, Ina Garten has found a way to keep the healthy factor of veggies without sacrificing the taste.

Broccoli is one of the green vegetables that's available year-round. Look for firm heads with tight florets and stalks with green leaves. I cut the broccoli in florets with about an inch or two of stem below the head but you can peel the stems and use them, too, if you prefer. Roasting the broccoli with garlic and Parmesan gives this dish great flavor.


  • 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 lemon zest, grated
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves (about 12 leaves), julienned
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

    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.

    Courtesy of "Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics"

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: broccoli, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, basil

    Course: Side Dish, Vegetable

    More Info: Vegetarian

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