This is not a new recipe. In fact, it's a really old one. I have shared it with many people, so I’m adding it to my recipe collection on this page…so now I just have to share the link. Because I’m lazy like that. Or maybe just finally getting smart 😊
This is, hands down, our favorite way to get our veggies. It's easy, customizable to taste and crispiness, and so good that sometimes the kids argue over who gets the last few pieces in the pan.
Make sure to read the notes for some tips and ideas to help you create amazing broccoli!
1 ½ lbs fresh broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425. Line a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with foil. In a large bowl, toss broccoli with olive oil. Spread out in an even layer on jelly roll pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put in oven for 7-8 minutes. Remove pan from the oven, toss/shake/stir broccoli, and put back in the oven for 7 more minutes.
1. If your oven is in use for a different item, you can roast the broccoli at a lower temperature. Just add more to the time. The texture is definitely best at 400 or 425 but the other temps work.
2. You'll have to experiment with the time in the oven - some people like their veggies crisp-tender, others like them crisp as in charred. We like it somewhere in between.
3. You can use regular broccoli crowns with the stalks, but I love love love the fresh broccoli florets from Costco. It comes in a 3 pound bag, so you can use half of the bag for one dinner. It is all florets so a lot of the chopping is done for you already – just cut some of the bigger ones in half.
4. If you cut the stalks off your broccoli, save them and give them a whirl through the food processor. Instant broccoli slaw!
5. This can also be made ahead and kept warm in a crockpot or reheated in the microwave. Just cook for slightly less time (6 and 7 minutes) if you are keeping it warm in a crockpot for more than an hour or two.
6. If your kids request cheese with their broccoli like mine do sometimes, you can sprinkle some real cheddar on top of their portion right after the broccoli comes out of the oven. It's so hot that the cheese melts pretty well.
7. You don't have to stick with just salt and pepper – you can sprinkle with basil or dry Ranch dressing mix