Parmesan Roasted Broccoli & Pine Nuts will be one of the most delicious roasted broccoli side dishes that you will ever make. It’s my kid’s favourite way to eat broccoli.
Personally I hate boiled and steamed broccoli, it’s on equal footing with boiled peas. We often eat Butter Fried Peas as a side dish, and my Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Soy Sauce is another family favorite. Healthy vegetables don’t have to taste terrible!
Is Broccoli Good For You?
Broccoli is very healthy to eat, some call it one of the world’s healthiest foods. Full of vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, calcium and more. The problem is that kids often don’t like eating plain broccoli. Growing up as a kid, I only ate broccoli drowned in cheesy sauce. Broccoli is also high in fiber, and as a result can make you gassy. So you have been warned, but you would have to eat a lot of broccoli. Broccoli doesn’t have to taste bad. There are tastier and healthier ways to eat broccoli.
Roasting Broccoli is an easy way to prepare broccoli. It holds it’s shape and color well, and can be prepared in minutes. If steaming or boiling broccoli, it’s easy to over cook it, and you are left with soggy vegetables. No on likes soggy vegetables. Maybe this is why Broccoli has a bad reputation with kids!
Pine Nuts are the edible seeds of the pine tree and are generally expensive. They add a great contrast taste and I wouldn’t skip it from the recipe. There’s been a few rare reports that sometimes Pine Nuts can cause a metallic taste disturbance that can sometimes last a few days. I’ve never had this happen to me before. These are usually caused from Chinese species of Pine Nuts. So try to find Siberian Pine Nuts from Russia if it’s available.
Parmesan Roasted Broccoli & Pine Nuts is easy to make with maximum flavour, you can add fresh basil just before serving for extra flavor. It will leave your family asking for more. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Parmesan Roasted Broccoli with Pine Nuts
Parmesan Roasted Broccoli & Pine Nuts. Roasted in olive oil and fresh garlic, tossed with fresh parmesan, fresh lemon and toasted pine nuts, this recipe is a healthy family favorite!
- 2 bunches broccoli
- 3 cloves garlic sliced
- ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- juice ½ lemon
- ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
- small handful toasted pine nuts
- garnish with fresh basil (optional)
Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F
Cut the broccoli into small florets. I didn't wash my broccoli. If you do, then make sure it's fully dry before proceeding.
Place broccoli on a baking tray. Using your hands, toss with olive oil and sliced garlic and salt until completely coated.
Roast in oven for 15 minutes, until the tips of the broccoli start to slightly brown.
Remove from heat, toss with the lemon juice, grated parmesan and pine nuts and serve immediately. Enjoy
If your pine nuts aren't toasted, simply place in a frying pan over medium heat and toast them until they are lightly golden and fragrant. Set aside until ready to use. Add fresh chopped basil before serving for an Italian twist.