The Ultimate Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

The Ultimate Parmesan Roasted Broccoli is truly the best roasted broccoli you will ever have. It’s nutty, it’s cheesy, it’s so yummy, yet it’s a vegetable!

The Ultimate Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

It was a tough decision today on what to post because both recipes I have to share with your are so yummy that it makes it super hard to choose. For some reason, not really sure how or why, I decided to go with the healthier version of the two, and share the cake recipe with you next time. Don’t be disappointed because this roasted broccoli truly is the ultimate and the best Parmesan roasted broccoli you will ever have in your life. I know that’s saying a lot but you just have to trust me here when I say this broccoli is full of goodness.

My poor husband hates vegetables, probably like a lot of people out there. There was a time when he was vegetarian for a year and got through it by eating as few vegetables as possible. Go figure. He probably lived on bagels and cream cheese. Luckily he has me as a wife so I cooked for him vegetarian meals, because otherwise he might have been in trouble. But I probably told you this already and I am digressing here. My point is that even this picky man loved this broccoli. He said it doesn’t even taste like vegetables.

The Ultimate Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

So let’s talk about this broccoli. I know I joke about my husband and how he hates vegetables but to be honest with you I’m no broccoli fan either. I just try and eat it because I know it’s good for you. This is why I try to find recipes that enhance the flavor and makes it more enjoyable to eat. And that’s just what happens here, my friends.

We’ve got garlic, we all know I love my garlic, we’ve got roasted pecans, olive oil, lemon juice, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. You know the only thing missing is some bacon! But we’re trying to keep it somewhat healthy here, so skip the bacon, but you know what? You don’t need bacon. Wow, never thought I’d say that, but it’s true, there is so much flavor here, the broccoli is so nutty, and lemony and cheesy and it’s just yummy. Just yummy!

The Ultimate Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Roasted pecans, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, lemon juice when mixed together over roasted broccoli is truly a marriage made in heaven.

The Ultimate Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

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The Ultimate Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
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Serves: 4
  • 2 big heads of broccoli or 3 smaller ones
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup roasted pecans, chopped
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut the broccoli florets from the thick stalks and cut the larger pieces through the base of the head with a small knife, pulling the florets apart. I cut mine in really small florets because I wanted bite size 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 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.
  3. Remove the broccoli from the oven and immediately toss with lemon juice, pecans and Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.



  1. Brittany says

    Maybe it was just my oven but not even halfway through the cooking time most of the broccoli was burnt

    • says

      Every oven is different, so the cooking/baking time is always a guide. Though I don’t see how the broccoli could have been burnt in 10 minutes?

  2. jackie says

    Do you think bacon would put it over the top? I love broccoli and bacon combination. I want to fix it for Christmas dinner. Also, have to use dairy free cheese due to allergies.



  3. says

    Excellent idea! Will try it tomorrow. Do you think it could be kept in the fridge for a few days? Thinking of having it ready after work for quick dinners.
    Thank you :)

    • says

      Hi Cheryl,
      For this recipe I bought already toasted pecans, but to toast pecans is pretty simple. Just put some pecans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and pop them in the oven at 350 F degrees for a few minutes, maybe 5 or so.

  4. says

    I was pretty skeptical when I read the title of the post. But after I read the recipe, ya know your assessment could very likely be right. It certainly has all the right stuff—-now where have I heard that term before. Lol

  5. says

    Jo – I think I love you. And that is a fact! This roasted broccoli side dish looks like just to ticket to making broccoli delicious but still healthy (because obviously, cheesy sauce will also do the trick!). Hubs and I eat broccoli because it’s good for us and not because we love the taste. Pinned!

    • says

      LOL I agree with you, this would be just as good drenched in cheese sauce…I suppose this is a bit healthier. LOL

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