Cheesy Broccoli

This Cheesy Broccoli is a delicious combination of crispy oven roasted broccoli florets topped with a cheddar and parmesan mixture. Broccoli cheese bake is easy, crisp, tender, garlicky, flavorful and a cheesy side dish that both adults and kids will enjoy.

a sheet pan with roasted broccoli and cheese and 3 forks to dig in

Roasted broccoli with cheese!!

What’s not to love? Crisp, tender, garlicky broccoli with charred edges topped with melted cheddar and parmesan.

When my kids were younger, it was steamed broccoli (with a side of ranch dressing) all the way. Now, that they grown a bit older, they have learned to appreciate roasted vegetables. Roasting vegetables concentrates the flavor, makes them sweeter with a slightly crispy edges and is addictive.

Cheesy Broccoli is on of our favorite go-to broccoli dishes. It is

  • Easy
  • One sheet pan
  • Easy clean up
  • Kid favorite
  • Flavorful
  • Delicious

Main ingredients:

Broccoli – Wash, dry and cur broccoli into even size florets

Olive oil – Good extra virgin olive oil

Garlic – Chopped fresh

Seasoning – Salt, pepper and red pepper flakes

Cheese – Shredded cheddar and parmesan

Looking for a healthier twist? Try this Roasted Broccoli in Air Fryer

How to make cheese broccoli?

Toss broccoli with olive oil, chopped garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes on a sheet pan. Spread into a single layer and bake at 425 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Top with a mixture of cheddar and parmesan and bake again for 2 to 3 minutes, to melt cheese. Serve roasted broccoli with cheese immediately.

Tips and Tricks:

Don’t overcook – Cook broccoli until tender yet has some firmness, so that it retains some of its vibrant green, without becoming dark in color.

Even size – Cut florets the same size so that it cooks evenly. Uneven size will result in the smaller ones getting overcooked before the bigger one is done.

Don’t overcrowd – Broccoli needs some breathing room to help it get caramelized. Spread even and not overcrowd.

Grease baking sheet – If your baking sheet is not non-stick then, grease it with a coating of non-stick cooking spray.

Serve hot – This dish is best served straight from the oven for the maximum ooey-gooey cheesy deliciousness.

To make ahead – If you are making broccoli and cheese bake for a dinner party, then broccoli can be prepped, roasted few hours ahead. Top with cheese and bake just before serving.

Serving suggestions:

Serve cheesy broccoli as a side dish with

Frequently asked questions:

Is roasted broccoli healthy?

Roasted broccoli is a very healthy dish that is loaded with flavor and depth. It is packed with fiber, protein, iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, magnesium and also good source of rich vitamins and antioxidants.

Do you wash broccoli before roasting?

Wash broccoli under running water and make sure to dry them thoroughly before roasting. If the broccoli is very wet, then it will end up steam cooking in the oven without getting roasted.

Does roasting broccoli destroy nutrients?

Cooking broccoli does lower levels of some nutrients, but roasting broccoli makes them hearty, filling and almost too tasty to be good for you (more on benefits of roasted vegetables) It is a great way to get picky eaters enjoy vegetables.

A sheet pan with melted cheddar cheese on top of of broccoli

More cheesy dishes:

Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese 

Leftover Mac and Cheese Cups

Hot Dog Grilled Cheese

Goat Cheese and Persimmon Crostini

Potato Pesto Grilled Cheese

or more kid friendly dinner ideas

Yield: 3 to 4 Servings (as a side dish)

Cheesy Broccoli

Cheesy Broccoli

This Cheesy Broccoli is a delicious combination of crispy oven roasted broccoli florets topped with a cheddar and parmesan mixture. It is easy, crisp, tender, flavorful and a cheesy side dish that both adults and kids will enjoy.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds broccoli (cut into even size florets)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste 
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a greased sheet pan, toss broccoli, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes together, until evenly coated. Spread into a single layer.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until crisp, tender and lightly browned.
  4. Remove baking pan from oven and place on a wire rack (do not turn off oven).
  5. Using a spoon, move broccoli florets closer together (so that the cheese stays on the broccoli), sprinkle both cheeses evenly on top.
  6. Return pan back into the oven and bake until cheese melts ( 2 to 3 minutes).
  7. Serve broccoli immediately.

Notes

Don’t overcook – Cook broccoli until tender yet has some firmness, so that it retains some of its vibrant green, without becoming dark in color.

Even size – Cut florets the same size so that it cooks evenly. Uneven size will result in the smaller ones getting overcooked before the bigger one is done.

Don’t overcrowd – Broccoli needs some breathing room to help it get caramelized. Spread even and not overcrowd.

Grease baking sheet – If your baking sheet is not non-stick then, grease it a coating of non-stick cooking spray.

Serve hot – This dish is best served straight from the oven for the maximum ooey-gooey cheesy deliciousness.

To make ahead – If you are making broccoli and cheese bake for a dinner party, then broccoli can be prepped, roasted few hours ahead. Top with cheese and bake just before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 346mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g

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