Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Broccoli is a hard sell at my house. I am the only one that likes it, but I am determined to get the rest of my family to eat it. I have tried lots and lots of different ways to make it, and I have been happy to get anyone to eat more than a bite. They still don’t love broccoli, but roasted broccoli has been my biggest success. Roasting vegetables brings out the natural sweetness in the vegetables. I never thought that I liked beets until I ate a roasted one. Now, if I think that a veg might be tough to get my family to eat, I try it roasted first. If that doesn’t work, cover it in cheese. And leftovers make amazing soup the next day.

Last year, Ava and I happened to be shopping in our local Whole Foods and we were asked to be a witness to a Guinness World Record event. Whole Foods was reclaiming the world record for the most Parmigiano Reggiano wheels simultaneously cracked. They cracked a huge wheel of cheese (85 pounds to be exact) with a special knife just for this job, then there was a celebration of all things Parmesan. Fresh slivers of Parmesan from the wheel and lots of passed snacks featuring Parm. It was a fortuitous time to be in the store. We had a lot of fun. In total, they cracked 426 wheels of cheese, setting the new world record.

I love cheese, but Parmigiano Reggiano holds a special place in my heart. I always have some in my fridge. I buy the real deal from Whole Foods, and it is worth every extra penny. You know that it is the real thing because it has a studded rind that is numbered. Whole Foods ages their wheels for 24 months for the best flavor and texture. The result is nutty, toasty, salty, and has a subtle crystal texture. I like to use a vegetable peeler and shave ribbons on top of salad, pasta, soup, or vegetables.

This weekend, Whole Foods is celebrating “the king of cheese” by simultaneously cracking wheels at their stores coast-to-coast. The “Crack Heard Around The World” is taking place at the Old Town Alexandria Whole Foods, March 8th at 3pm. Call your local store for more information. To celebrate, Whole Foods is giving away a $75 gift card to a Baked Bree reader. You can enter at the end of this post.

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

3 heads broccoli
4 cloves garlic, sliced
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 lemon
3 Tablespoons pine nuts
Freshly shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Cut the broccoli into florets and spread out on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic. Toss to coat.

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender and brown.

how to toast pine nuts

While the broccoli is roasting, toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet.

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Add the zest from the lemon, then squeeze the juice over.

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Transfer to a platter and add pine nuts and Parmesan shavings.

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Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Roasted Broccoli with Shaved Parmesan - If you have a broccoli hater in your house, try roasting it. And then cover it in Parmesan.

Ingredients

  • 3 heads broccoli
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons pine nuts
  • Freshly shaved Parmigiano Reggiano

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Cut the broccoli into florets and spread out on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic. Toss to coat.
  2. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender and brown.
  3. While the broccoli is roasting, toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet.
  4. Add the zest from the lemon, then squeeze the juice over. Transfer to a platter and add pine nuts and Parmesan shavings.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
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This Post Has 99 Comments

  1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet

    Obsessed w burrata.

  2. Emily Ronning

    ooooo this would be so wonderful to win!!

    and that food to eat!!

  3. Colleen

    Anything blue! But, I really love it all!

  4. Nancy

    I guess the better question would be which cheese do I not like? But I am a sucker for some smoked gouda…

  5. Michelle Naomi

    Brie!!!

  6. Alina

    One word = GRUYERE!

  7. Sean C

    My favorite would have to be Edam. It’s delicious.

  8. amanda

    I love beemster x-o gouda. SO GOOD.

  9. Amanda H.

    I really can’t stand cheese of any sort, but I do make an exception for mozzarella (only!) on pizza.

  10. hannah v

    triple creme brie is amazing, any type of goat cheese (goat gouda is a fav), but my all time favorite cheese is a Persian feta marinated in olive oil, herbs, and black peppercorns.

  11. Kate

    I love Gruyere, Mozzarella, and Parmesan!

  12. Erin

    If I had to pick a favorite, it’d be parmesan.

  13. Rosie

    That is such a hard question !!!! I think I would say a French Brie, Notre Dame, I have found at Whole Foods!! Not expensive and totally delish!

  14. Jen N.

    Brie, but truly any kind.

  15. Jazmine

    Goat Cheese!!

  16. Sara B

    Roasting vegetables has been the only way to get anyone in the house to eat them! That includes broccoli, cauliflower, even brussel sprouts! Love it!

  17. Lynda M.

    Brie is my fave! Preferably baked in puff pastry 🙂

  18. Sara B

    And I love all cheese!!

  19. Amber Martin

    I love Blueberry Stilton! It’s like cheesecake , yum.

  20. Laura

    Feta, no wait, Parmesan, no…brie, no….Heck I can’t pick a favorite.

  21. Stephanie

    I love parm and a medium cheddar for dinner parties with crackers, and olives.

  22. Mandy A.

    Parmesan!

  23. Sarah

    Brie – LOL 🙂

  24. Jenn

    We’re hosting a 15-year-old Korean exchange student (boy), who last weekend declared my shopping cart “too green”. Oh… challenge ACCEPTED. Think he’ll be getting some roasted broccoli tonight.

  25. Beth Cato

    Vella cheese.

  26. Clare

    Goat cheese. Hands down. Also, on the broccoli front- when I was little my mom told me broccoli was a treat and whenever I asked for a treat that is what I got. While misleading, her ways worked. I now love broccoli!

  27. Rebecca A

    I love simple basic sharp cheddar.

  28. Mary Beth Hunt

    I Like a little shave of Parmigiano Reggiano with a glass of wine.

  29. Rena

    monterey jack

  30. Jeffrey

    I made some Mac and Cheese with Manchego, it was the bomb!

  31. Susan H

    Bleu Cheese

  32. Mary W

    I think I love cheese too much to have a favorite. My favorite is probably “new” cheese, cheese I’ve never tasted before 🙂

  33. Sarah

    I absolutely love blue cheese!

    1. Sarah

      Or a really sharp cheddar. Mmmmm.

  34. vickie

    Looks yummy!!

  35. Kelly

    I can’t get enough of Mozzarella

  36. Jennifer

    Gruyere!

  37. Jen M.

    How can I pick just one?? I don’t think I ever met a cheese I didn’t like.

  38. Teresa Norris

    I never met a cheese I didn’t love, but my desert island cheese would be Parmesan 🙂

  39. Linda K.

    I like all cheese. Colby, Manchego and Parmesan are all favs.

  40. Phoebe

    I like most cheeses, but when it comes to picking one, I would say anything triple creme.

  41. Pamela Baker

    I think the name is 1833 Cheddar cheese….I have only found it at Whole Foods in Oklahoma City, OK and sometimes at Central Market in Plano, Texas. Sure wish I loved closer to the Whole Foods store in OKC.

  42. Chloe

    My favorite cheese is definitely Havarti!!

  43. Crystal

    Fresh Mozzarella!

  44. Kari M

    I’m a Wisconsin girl and aged sharp cheddar is my fave!

  45. Deb

    I absolutely LOVE Dubliner!

  46. MaryB

    Picking one favorite cheese is almost impossible! I love using Parmesan Reggiano though.

  47. Becca

    Wow – this is tough. Although I love feta, gouda, and sharp cheddar, I cannot resist parmesan. Ever. For snacking, cooking, topping, whatever. Cheese is why I can never stick to a diet.

  48. Turner

    Cheese is my favorite food group but if I had to choose a favorite I’d say Blue Cheese. Or Ricotta. Or…

  49. fawn

    I love all cheese, but am currently digging a nice sage derby. Thanks for the chance!

  50. Karen

    Prima Donna! I get it at the Italian market in Philly and it tasted like a heavenly match between asiago and provolone.

  51. Jenny

    Definitely Parmesan!

  52. Sara

    Toss up….Swiss & Bleu!

  53. Ashley @ My Midwest Table

    I love gouda. Wait, bleu cheese. Ummm, no, parmesan. Orrrrrr, butterkase. Actually, it’s sharp cheddar. But, fresh mozzarella is good.

    I kinda like cheese. 🙂

  54. Tierney

    I really love nutty gruyere, or maybe manchego–I can’t choose!

  55. Jamie

    Havarti!

  56. Carolyn Walton

    Sounds yummy!

  57. Diem

    Brie!

  58. Kelly

    Trader Joe’s unexpected cheddar!

  59. Shawn Kelley

    I love brie cheese. Then feta.

  60. linda romer

    I love ricotta cheese.

  61. Melinda

    I adore all cheese. The stinkier the better!

  62. Heather @ French Press

    LOVE burrata and brie

  63. Cathy

    Locatelli

  64. Jill

    Asiago–and I LOVE roasted broccoli!

  65. danielle

    Yum! I love a good asiago 🙂 and I love giveaways!!

  66. Lisa VanBuskirk

    Gouda that has been aged more than 12 months (i.e Olde Amsterdam). Love how as it ages the flavors concentrates. Second only to the flower stalls with 50 cut tulips for 5 Euros (~$7.50), I miss the cheese stalls at the local markets in the Netherlands where you could get all different ages of Gouda, depending on your whim and taste for that day.

  67. Jessie C.

    I like Gouda cheese

  68. alisa

    i like all kinds of cheese but my favorites are swiss and jarslburg!

  69. Rachael L

    I have been a fan of your blog for years! I used to make your Mexican Chocolate Cake recipe for office parties & people just raved about it. I always directed them to your blog for the recipe, of course!

    My favorite kind of cheese is definitely Parmesan as well. It’s the Italian in me!

  70. Amber

    Stilton – yum

  71. Kathleen

    My heart will always belong to Parmesan!

  72. Amanda

    Gouda or my guilty pleasure is a cheese ball. Yummy!

  73. Arlene

    I love Parmesan (freshly grated over tortellini and pesto = yum), but I partial to some Irish cheddar on a salty cracker.

  74. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    I love making roasted broccoli with parmesan, too, but my favorite cheese is definitely brie!

  75. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming

    goat cheese 🙂 or fresh mozz

  76. TaraO

    You just can’t beat a good Parmesano-Reggiano!

  77. Hayley

    I’m a Manchego girl!

  78. Corrie Williams

    Everything’s ‘betta’ with feta!

  79. Rebecca

    LOVE smoked gouda and machego semi curado… yummmm

  80. Paige

    My favorite flavor cheese is cheddar of any kind!

  81. Nicole de B.

    I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t love! But if I had to pick a favorite I would say a nice aged Gouda (Old Amsterdam). But I would be hard pressed to choose between that and a nice stinky blue cheese!

  82. Tina

    freshly grated parmesan, I put it on just about everything!

  83. Laurie

    My favorite cheese is goat cheese.

  84. Emely

    Wonderful giveaway! I am addicted to mozzarella 🙂

  85. Laura

    Fell in love with shaved Manchego with a dollop fig preserves on a thin cracker on my last Napa trip!

  86. Courtney

    My favorite kind of cheese??? That’s a really tough question since I LOVE cheese. But I would have to say truffle cheese. YUM.

  87. Nicole

    Herb goat cheese!

  88. Alicyn Roberge

    I love all kinds! Gruyere, fontina, plain goat cheese paired with grapefruit and pistachios – omg! And a good Irish aged white cheddar…so good.

  89. Pam

    Oh, that looks yummy! Thanks for sharing this.

  90. Karen

    The real, aged Parmigiano-Reggiano is truly transformative and inspirational! As is your broccoli recipe. Somehow along the way, broccoli fell out of favor with my taste buds, but I’ll have to try this. Seems like it could make it back in favor with me!

  91. Lucy

    i loooooooooooooooooove BRIE.

  92. Lisa B.

    I absolutely love goat cheese!

  93. meredith

    I love blue cheese!

  94. Sarah

    Muenster at the moment!

  95. Ginger

    Thankfully my kiddo loves broccoli, even plain! But for a fancy treat tonight we put on homemade cheddar cheese sauce! Next time we will try it like this with the parm!

  96. Theresa

    Cheese – a wonderful creation! Our household is overly fond of this food ‘group’. 🙂

  97. Denise

    One of the best ways to enjoy broccoli – roasters all the way over here!

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