Ina Garten’s Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

January 18, 2017
34 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

In November 2008, Adam Roberts published a blog post with the headline “The Best Broccoli of Your Life”, about a recipe from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics. He promised that at least one person liked the broccoli more than steak. This post has since become the most popular in the history of his blog The Amateur Gourmet—one of the first food blogs and, until Roberts quieted the blog in 2015, one of the most beloved. Adapted slightly from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics (Clarkson Potter, 2008).
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Ina Garten’s Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 25 minutes
  • Serves 6
  • 4 pounds broccoli (note: if you like to slice and roast the stalks too, you won’t need to buy quite as much)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil leaves (about 12 leaves)
In This Recipe
  1. Heat the oven to 425° F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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29 Reviews

brushjl January 9, 2021
Delicious! Didn't change a thing. I don't worry a out bad breath during covid.
Shwillary January 4, 2021
i adore this recipe, and am always tweaking it depending on what i have on hand (it practically begs for a cauliflower swap!)
the tangy lemon with salty parm and sweet roasted garlic is a perfect enough combo - i actually don't think i've ever used it with basil, and only occasionally with nuts. it is a great recipe to keep simple and let those main ingredients really shine.

i do rotate the baking sheet halfway through and give the veggies a little stir - helps prevent over-charring or burning what is usually perfectly roasted garlic.

because this is a 2-dish max recipe, i typically toss the olive oil, broccoli, and garlic in the serving bowl beforehand (instead of straight on the cookie sheet as directed) to ensure every little bit gets a nice dose of oil to slick it up and roast with ease.
while everything is in the oven i add the lemon and parm to the serving bowl so it's ready when the broccoli and garlic come out nice and hot, give it a good shake, rattle, and you're ready to roll.
lazysprawl December 28, 2020
I omitted the lemons (don't like them on broccoli) and basil (didn't have any on hand) and this is still a great base recipe. Will try it with the basil next time.
Sasha November 22, 2020
I'm baffled by this recipe. I love just plain roasted broccoli, amd adding lemon, garlic, and parmesan seemed like a no Brainerd, but the result was a weird, almost chemical taste - I couldn't even finish it. Not sure what happened here
JV November 20, 2020
To be honest I was underwhelmed. It tasted like regular plain roasted broccoli, and the extra effort to prep all those flavorings didn’t seem to make a difference in taste with that much broccoli-not punchy at all - and the garlic burned. Maybe half the broccoli with the same amount of flavorings, and also silly to toast the pine nuts separately... just throw them in for the last few minutes of baking. For garlic that isn’t burned and more of a kick of flavor, I would add a grated/crushed clove raw out of the oven - the residual heat will tone it down a bit and it won’t taste like charcoal.

The trick in the video for cutting broccoli worked well though and I’ll keep using that to separate florets!
salena October 1, 2020
Delicious was to do broccoli. I usually steam it and then add butter. This was a nice change and deepened the flavor of the vegetable.
Jackie C. August 10, 2020
I love roasted everything! This broccoli 🥦 recipe is elevated to wow with the pine nuts and Parmesan. Highly recommended for any dinner!!
Tish M. January 16, 2020
This is a delicious recipe, and so far I have used the same ingredients with brussel sprouts, asparagus, and green beans, and all of the roasted vegetable were a hit including the leftovers tossed in a salad the next day.
gravityace November 10, 2019
This was wonderful the night I made it for dinner but it was even better as a cold leftover two days later. I substituted chopped pine nuts in the house and omitted the basil ...same reason. Still very delicious. Just had it for breakfast!
Janet M. May 15, 2019
I'm not sure I like broccoli more than steak, but I do prefer it to most deserts--a fact that never fails to baffle my grandchildren.
Ann April 8, 2019
I made this exactly as written and it was absolutely delicious. I used two cookie sheets and used a convection oven at a slightly lower temperature. Wouldn’t change a thing!
Kelly March 31, 2019
Garlic was burned at 15 minutes and the garlic was deeply browned on the sheet pan side. Tasty but the lemon juice softens the crispy bits that I love so much. I'll adapt in the future.
vrinda March 27, 2019
I peel the stem after taking off the dry part...really NO waste !
just start it on the fat end and pull
Cook March 27, 2019
OH OH - do NOT toss the stalks. Peel, then roast them too without the topping, and then blend them with chicken stock for the best ever simple soup!!! They have a LOT of flavor that you'll miss out if you don't use them in something!!!
Petra L. August 14, 2018
perfect recipe...makes lovers out of broccoli haters. Can use shallot too, and toss on pasta if need more to eat
Carol S. December 31, 2017
Very yummy! I chop up the toasted pine nuts, or give them a whirl in the food processor, and mix with the lemon zest and cheese before tossing with the broccoli. I used two cubes of Dorot basil, dissolved in the lemon juice instead of fresh. Perfecto!
Pimms1967 April 23, 2017
Made this last night as the veggie dish for a friends birthday, 7 of us. I did a blend of broccoli and cauliflower, left pine nuts out because birthday girl allergic. Results were a big hit, had very little leftover. This recipe is a keeper and will remake again. Served alongside Balsamic Cherry Pork Tenderloin (by Clean Eating, May 2016), and the awesome dessert was Red Wine Chocolate Cake (by Smitten Kitchen) topped with powdered sugar and side of sliced strawberries.
Arrxx February 1, 2017
This is a technique and easily adaptable. For <6 people use less broccoli, less gralic (or not if you like roasted garlic, and who doesn't?) drizzle with olive oil etc.
Vicky February 1, 2017
Do 8 cups broccoli fit on 1 sheet correctly??
Maggie January 23, 2017
"If you like to slice and roast the stalks, too . . . " I'm the weirdo scraping off the tops of the florets and using only the stalks! I made it without nuts, out of pantry necessity, and it was excellent. I'm not a fan of pine nuts, but I think I'll try it next time with either chopped walnuts or chopped pistachios.
Donna F. February 8, 2017
I'm the same kind of weirdo. I can happily have stalks as a snack. I use the florets t avoid waste or for my husband for dinner- primarily for broccoli purees or soups- their grassy note is perfect there. My husband is a floret guy and when he made broccolini one night for dinner and there was nothing but tops on the table and stalks in the garbage I was sooooo 😡- both with the waste and the inconsideration. He now gets that stalks at edible and desired too!