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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.



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


  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.

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  1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Obsessed w burrata.

  2. Emily Ronning

    March 5th, 2014 at 3:10 am

    ooooo this would be so wonderful to win!!

    and that food to eat!!

  3. Colleen

    March 5th, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Anything blue! But, I really love it all!

  4. Nancy

    March 5th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    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

    March 5th, 2014 at 8:55 am


  6. Alina

    March 5th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    One word = GRUYERE!

  7. Sean C

    March 5th, 2014 at 9:21 am

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

  8. amanda

    March 5th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I love beemster x-o gouda. SO GOOD.

  9. Amanda H.

    March 5th, 2014 at 10:09 am

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

  10. hannah v

    March 5th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    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

    March 5th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I love Gruyere, Mozzarella, and Parmesan!

  12. Erin

    March 5th, 2014 at 11:09 am

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

  13. Rosie

    March 5th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    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.

    March 5th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Brie, but truly any kind.

  15. Jazmine

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Goat Cheese!!

  16. Sara B

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    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.

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Brie is my fave! Preferably baked in puff pastry 🙂

  18. Sara B

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    And I love all cheese!!

  19. Amber Martin

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

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

  20. Laura

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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

  21. Stephanie

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

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

  22. Mandy A.

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:18 pm


  23. Sarah

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Brie – LOL 🙂

  24. Jenn

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    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

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Vella cheese.

  26. Clare

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    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

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I love simple basic sharp cheddar.

  28. Mary Beth Hunt

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

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

  29. Rena

    March 5th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    monterey jack

  30. Jeffrey

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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

  31. Susan H

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Bleu Cheese

  32. Mary W

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    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

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I absolutely love blue cheese!

  34. Sarah

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Or a really sharp cheddar. Mmmmm.

  35. vickie

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Looks yummy!!

  36. Kelly

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I can’t get enough of Mozzarella

  37. Jennifer

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:22 pm


  38. Jen M.

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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

  39. Teresa Norris

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

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

  40. Linda K.

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

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

  41. Phoebe

    March 5th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

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

  42. Pamela Baker

    March 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    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.

  43. Chloe

    March 5th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    My favorite cheese is definitely Havarti!!

  44. Crystal

    March 5th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Fresh Mozzarella!

  45. Kari M

    March 5th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

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

  46. Deb

    March 5th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Dubliner!

  47. MaryB

    March 5th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

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

  48. Becca

    March 5th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    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.

  49. Turner

    March 5th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

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

  50. fawn

    March 5th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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

  51. Karen

    March 5th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

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

  52. Jenny

    March 5th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Definitely Parmesan!

  53. Sara

    March 5th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Toss up….Swiss & Bleu!

  54. Ashley @ My Midwest Table

    March 5th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    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. 🙂

  55. Tierney

    March 5th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

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

  56. Jamie

    March 5th, 2014 at 6:34 pm


  57. Carolyn Walton

    March 5th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Sounds yummy!

  58. Diem

    March 5th, 2014 at 6:47 pm


  59. Kelly

    March 5th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Trader Joe’s unexpected cheddar!

  60. Shawn Kelley

    March 5th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I love brie cheese. Then feta.

  61. linda romer

    March 5th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I love ricotta cheese.

  62. Melinda

    March 5th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I adore all cheese. The stinkier the better!

  63. Heather @ French Press

    March 5th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    LOVE burrata and brie

  64. Cathy

    March 5th, 2014 at 7:34 pm


  65. Jill

    March 5th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Asiago–and I LOVE roasted broccoli!

  66. danielle

    March 5th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

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

  67. Lisa VanBuskirk

    March 5th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    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.

  68. Jessie C.

    March 5th, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I like Gouda cheese

  69. alisa

    March 6th, 2014 at 4:28 am

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

  70. Rachael L

    March 6th, 2014 at 7:11 am

    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!

  71. Amber

    March 6th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Stilton – yum

  72. Kathleen

    March 6th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    My heart will always belong to Parmesan!

  73. Amanda

    March 6th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

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

  74. Arlene

    March 6th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

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

  75. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    March 7th, 2014 at 10:48 am

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

  76. Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming

    March 7th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    goat cheese 🙂 or fresh mozz

  77. TaraO

    March 8th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

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

  78. Hayley

    March 8th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I’m a Manchego girl!

  79. Corrie Williams

    March 11th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Everything’s ‘betta’ with feta!

  80. Rebecca

    March 11th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    LOVE smoked gouda and machego semi curado… yummmm

  81. Paige

    March 11th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    My favorite flavor cheese is cheddar of any kind!

  82. Nicole de B.

    March 11th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    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!

  83. Tina

    March 11th, 2014 at 11:01 am

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

  84. Laurie

    March 11th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    My favorite cheese is goat cheese.

  85. Emely

    March 11th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Wonderful giveaway! I am addicted to mozzarella 🙂

  86. Laura

    March 11th, 2014 at 3:11 pm

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

  87. Courtney

    March 11th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

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

  88. Nicole

    March 11th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Herb goat cheese!

  89. Alicyn Roberge

    March 11th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

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

  90. Pam

    March 11th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Oh, that looks yummy! Thanks for sharing this.

  91. Karen

    March 11th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    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!

  92. Lucy

    March 11th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    i loooooooooooooooooove BRIE.

  93. Lisa B.

    March 11th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I absolutely love goat cheese!

  94. meredith

    March 11th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I love blue cheese!

  95. Sarah

    March 11th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Muenster at the moment!

  96. Ginger

    March 11th, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    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!

  97. Theresa

    March 12th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

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

  98. Denise

    March 22nd, 2014 at 8:02 pm

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

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