Somewhere between broccoli casserole and a cheesy gratin, this speedy one-skillet dinner is my idea of comfort food. It's loaded with savory flavor from the bottom up—from the anchovies and garlic sautéed in butter to a generous amount of tomato paste that's slowly caramelized to bring out its full umami.
It may seem like a lot of broccoli, but trust me: Two pounds of broccoli is the perfect ratio to a big can of white beans, and it cooks down nicely in the hot oven. But the best part in my opinion? The Kerrygold Mild Cheddar (you can also use their Savory Cheddar) that blankets the whole skillet; it gets gooey and melty and browned, the perfect tangy complement to the tomatoey broccoli and beans.
It’s a meal on its own, but a simple green salad and some crusty bread on the side to sop up the delicious sauce wouldn’t be at all out of place. —EmilyC
Test Kitchen Notes
This recipe is shared in partnership with Kerrygold. —The Editors
- Prep time 10 minutes
- Cook time 35 minutes
- Serves 4 as main course, more as a side
Kerrygold butter (salted or unsalted)
medium yellow onion, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
anchovies, minced and smashed into a paste
garlic cloves, minced
medium heads broccoli (about 2 pounds), cut into small, bite-sized florets
chicken or vegetable stock
3 1/2 cups
(or one 29-ounce can) cooked cannellini beans
Finely grated zest from 1 lemon
red wine vinegar
(or more!) shredded cheddar cheese (such as Kerrygold Mild or Savory Cheddar)
- Heat oven to 425°F.
- In a 12-inch ovenproof skillet or sauté pan with 2-inch sides, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and a few pinches of salt and black pepper, and sauté for 6 to 8 minutes, or until tender and golden. Add anchovies and garlic, and sauté for 1 minute longer.
- Lower the heat, and add the tomato paste and continue cooking, stirring constantly, about 30 seconds.
- Add broccoli, and stir to coat the florets in the tomato paste. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the broccoli loses its rawness and the tomato paste is nicely caramelized. Monitor the heat so the tomato paste doesn’t burn.
- Add stock, white beans, lemon zest, and red wine vinegar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar evenly over the top.
- Transfer skillet to the oven (uncovered) and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is browned, broccoli is tender, and the sauce is bubbling around the edges. Serve warm in low bowls, with crusty bread on the side to sop up the sauce.