Mar 21, 2010

Roasted Broccoli with Smashed Garlic




Here's a great way to make broccoli if you are tired of making it the same old way. Roasting broccoli with garlic creates a sweet, nutty delicious flavor and the aroma that wafts through your kitchen will make everyone asking when's dinner ready. This is a simple, yet elegant side dish. I like it topped with shaved Parmesan but you can also add red pepper flakes or top it with fresh lemon juice.



Roasted Broccoli with Smashed Garlic
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4th of broccoli Old Points: 2 pts Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 126 • Fat: 7.5 g Protein: 4.3 g Carb: 13.7 g Fiber: 5.7 g

  • 1 1/2 lbs broccoli florets, cut long with part of stem
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper

Preheat oven to 450°. In a baking dish combine broccoli, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Roast broccoli about 20 minutes, until broccoli is browned and tender.


    99 comments :

    1. Love it Gina. Roasted broccoli is right up my street, and smashed garlic has me singing! YUM!!

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    2. My sister makes her broccoli this way. once you have it roasted you'll never want it steamed again! iT is sooo yummy!!

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    3. Guess what I will be doing with my broccoli today? :) Thanks!

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    4. I saw Rachael Ray roast broccoli and I was hooked. It comes out so nutty and delicious! Love the garlic addition!

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    5. YUM! Broccoli is one of my favorites and I'm going to have to try this soon.

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    6. I roast broccoli a bunch of the time - I already loved broccoli, but roasting it just gives it a little something more. I had some last night and might be roasting more tonight. Yum!

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    7. I'm making this tonight for sure. Thanks Gina!

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    8. Looks fabulous!!! Happy Sunday~LeslieMichele

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    9. I love broccoli too! Anything I can throw in the oven while I am doing other things is a winner for me!

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    10. In my mind, there is nothing better than roast garlic! I love this recipe!

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    11. Can't wait to try the broccoli! I've done it with brussel sprouts and it's fabulous!

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    12. That looks so good....I love roasted broccoli!

      xoxo

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    13. Made this last night and hubby and I both LOVED it! Amazing!

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    14. Just made this recipe, and just like every other one of your recipes...it is AMAZING! So simple, yet SO delicious! Thanks again, Gina! You ROCK!

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    15. That looks wonderful! I have a couple of bags of frozen bags of broccoli in the freezer, but nothing fresh on hand. Do you think that it would work for this recipe?

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    16. This made me so crazy happy I can't even tell you. I cannot stomach steamed broccoli and am never quite sure how long to stir-fry it so it's edible without being mushy.

      I tried your roasting recipe and I love it. I've been doing cauliflower (your recipe) and brussels sprouts that way (with the garlic) and braved the broccoli. It was fantastic. You're helping me become a veggie eater! Woot!

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    17. @Emily- I don't buy frozen because I prefer fresh, I'm not sure how it would come out. I think frozen may already be cooked? Not sure!

      @Fatgirlexorcism- Awesome! I am going to get everyone to eat there veggies if it kills me!! :)

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    18. made this last night! so yummy

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    19. I do not eat broccoli, have never eaten broccoli, cannot stand the smell of broccoli. But my DH bought a head of it and I figured that at least this would be easy. Let me tell you... I decided to try a very little piece....which lead me to eating about 1/4 cup of it. I would have eaten more but my DH ate the rest! Thank you so much for introducing me to this. Now I just need to get the garlic smell off my hands! :)

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    20. @SSouza- That's great! I love broccoli so I can't relate, but I'm you enjoyed this. A little garlic smell never hurt anyone ; )

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    21. Gina, I loved this, and I am not a big broccoli eater. I loved that it was super easy and tasty. Can't wait to make it again. My Benjamin ate it like candy.

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    22. Awesome Cindy! Benjamin sounds like he's a good eater!!

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    23. Gina! I made this over the weekend and paired it with your turkey cutlet recipe and it was FABULOUS!!! My husband and I both loved it and can you believe that my 21 month old actually ATE ALL HER BROCCOLI??

      My husband asked if you have a cookbook. If you don't, I definitely think you should ;) Kudos on a great recipe!

      BTW, I also made the crock pot carnitas yesterday and those were YUMMY! I love your blog!

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    24. Aww, I can't wait for my little one to be able to eat her broccoli. That's awesome!

      No, I don't have a cookbook yet, but it is something I want to do in the future. Thank you!!!

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    25. I just tried this tonight and it is awesome! I love broccoli anyway but this is now my new favorite way to make it. And not a lot of points either which is always a bonus!

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    26. This looks AMAZING! I'm so making this tonight!

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    27. Made this it was GREAT!!!

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    28. WOOHOO THIS ABSOLUTELY ROCKS!!! CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH BROCCOLI I'VE EATEN IN THE LAST 24 HOURS!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! :)

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    29. We can't get enough of this!

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    30. This is so delicious! I could eat roasted broccoli as a snack, it's so good!

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    31. I know, I can eat this for lunch and nothing else and be happy!!

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    32. Another delish recipe! Even my fiancee doesn't like broccoli without it being loaded with butter or cheese and he went back for 2nds! How many points would it turn to if you added some fat free grated parm cheese?

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    33. Fat free parmesan cheese? Didn't know that existed!

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    34. I made this last night and it was absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS. I'm big on broccoli so this is a HIT for me! Thank you for such a great recipe.

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    35. So am I Kristen! My husband is not but loves it this way. Thanks for posting!

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    36. can i used minced garlic? all i have on hand!

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    37. Minced garlic might burn. Larger cloves work better.

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    38. I never learned to cook (I'm 33), but recently I've been trying to eat healthier and pay more attention to what goes into my body. I'm trying to incorporate a lot more vegetables into my diet, and this recipe looked promising. I decided to make it tonight; unfortunately, I realized, after a bunch of it was together, that we ran out of olive oil this past weekend... so not being a cook, I had no idea what a suitable healthy replacement would be. I ended up using the spray butter - and I'm guessing that doesn't perform the way the oil does?? Anyway, it's almost ready and I'll let you know how it is... by the way, when you say the broccoli is brown - that just means a little bit on some pieces as in the picture? Thanks for this site!!

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    39. OK! I like it! Different things I did were the spray butter instead of olive oil, minced garlic instead of smashed, and about 30 minutes instead of 20 (because I thought it wasn't brown enough).... Next time I will follow the recipe and use olive oil to see how its different. I suppose that at least this way, there are fewer points/calories :P Here's to future adventures into my attempt at cooking....

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    40. In some recipes spray oil is a good substitute, but I think for this recipe, the olive oil really is a must. Give it a try and tell me which you like more!

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    41. Delicious and so easy to make!

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    42. I usually don't like cooked vegetables, but my husband loves them, so I tried this and I LOVE it! Thank you for opening up a new world!

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    43. Good!! Try it with cauliflower too!! Or do a combo! You'll be surprised how good it is.

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    44. what is spray oil? I love olive oil, but hate counting it on ww.
      Any other alternatives to using olive oil in recipes?

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    45. Buy a misto, they sell it on Amazon, and you can fill it with any oil you want and simply spray a little oil in the pan, you use much less oil that way.

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    46. This is sooo good! It's my new favorite way to eat broccoli.

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    47. OMG!!! Just had the best dinner! Made this broccoli, added a little red pepper strips and roasted. Mixed with a small amount of farfalle pasta (Barilla plus) and some cubed ham. It was excellent!!! I know I added some points with the pasta and ham, but I wanted to turn this into a complete meal. I will make it again, next time with shrimp!!!! My husband loved it and so did I!!!!!
      Love all of your recipes!!!

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    48. I make this with pasta all the time! This is my favorite way to eat broccoli too!

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    49. I know I'm getting to this a little late, but I make my broccoli very similar to this except I squirt lemon juice on it. It is divine and even my broccoli hating husband LOVES it.

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    50. Made this tonight, along with the Asian Glazed drumsticks.. this was the best broccoli I've ever made. My Fiance hates broccoli, but said it was great, and went back for seconds and thirds. Why did I never think of putting broccoli in the oven??!

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    51. Roasting vegetables in the oven give them an extra something, especially when you add garlic. Try it with cauliflower too.

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    52. This is now the only way I'll make broccoli now!!!! Amazing!!!!!

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    53. I never really loved broccoli because it just lacked flavor and I didn't want to add butter or cheese to it. However, since the first time I tried this recipe, I can't imagine making broccoli any other way. It's genius! I make it as a side at least once a week now.

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    54. Have made this twice since Sunday...I think I am addicted to it! Ate the whole pan myself!

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    55. this is the first dish i made from skinnytaste.com, since i discovered the website about two months ago. i have made this broccoli delight at least seven times. i love love love it!

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    56. Tried this for the first time tonight - amazing! We've roasted other veggies (squash, onions, peppers) but never broccoli for some reason - we've been missing out!!

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    57. I am trying this THIS WEEK: it seems divinely yummy AND simple - the PERFECT combination for me: THANK YOU for sharing!!!!:)

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    58. Gina, because of this recipe and the roasted cauliflower - I love both veggies now. I actually crave it. So yummy! Thank you!

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    59. Isn't this a wonderful way to make broccoli and cauliflower! I'm glad I was able to convert you to like them!

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    60. This is so delicious and easy.
      The only problem is that I always eat whatever amount of it I make!
      I had this tonight with the Chicken Parmesan, which was also delicious.

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    61. You can easily divide this recipe for less people. Eating too much broccoli is not too big a problem if you're going to over-eat :)

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    62. Made this as a side last night and it was really good! I was hesitant before trying it, but wanted to give it a shot. Will be a regular. I had no leftovers!

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    63. This is the only way I've been making my broccoli for years. Love roasted cauliflower as you mentioned and we even throw in some carrots as well.
      We also 'roast' veggies on the grill. I use a disposable pan.

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    64. Yummers this one really good!!!! Just started WW cannot wait to dig into some of these recipes!

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    65. This sounds great and am eager to try it. Questions, this one doesn't have then old/new points listing.. it's still for the old program right? what about the new?

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    66. MMMMM!!!! I just made this as my after work snack, and it was great. I used minced garlic, because that is what I had on hand. Gina, you were right...it did burn. But, it was still very yummy! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    67. Any chance you could add the points + for this? Thanks!!!

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    68. I just found this site a couple of days ago, everything on here looks so good, I made a list of things I wanted to try. I started with this recipe because I had some fresh broccoli that I bought for the first time and wanted to use it before it went bad. OMG, I'll never buy frozen again! This was so good, and found myself eating it as a snack! Can't wait to try more of your recipes. Thanks so much!

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    69. Nothing beats fresh broccoli, I'm glad you enjoyed it,

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    70. I made this the other night to go with mahi mahi and mashed potatoes, and it was awesome. I may never make broccoli steamed again!! Thank you!

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    71. 3 +points seems high? The olive wouldn't totally be eaten right?? Help me new to the the new weightwatchers understand please:)?

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    72. steff- yes, you do eat the olive oil, it doesn't separate from the broccoli and you really couldn't use less oil in this recipe without it being too dry.

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    73. Gina, any idea if this would work on the BBQ?
      Love your recipes!!!

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    74. If you use the BBQ like an oven, I don't see why not!

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    75. This is in my oven right now. I'm mixing it with a pasta dish that I made last night (WW Pasta, goat cheese, broccoli, garlic) to augment what's left and get more vegetables. My apartment smells like roasting garlic and I love it!

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    76. Similar to another recipe I have used and very good. A nice change of pace from steamed or boiled. Variants include a teaspoon of lemon tossed with the broccoli before and/or after cooking.

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    77. Broccoli is one of the only vegetables I'll eat, so I'll definitely try this. Can you use frozen broccoli?

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    78. Took twice the time for the broccoli to tender up and the garlic to change color even slightly. But this is the way I make most of my veggies now - squash, asparagus, brussel sprouts, etc. so I knew it would be worth the wait!

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    79. this is absolutely delcisious! made it twice in the past two days (i cant make more than one serving at a time or i'll eat it all!) im a vegetarian and i have found SO many wondeful recipes on your site! thanks :)

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    80. So good and so simple! I didn't have fresh broccoli, just frozen from the garden so I thawed that and dried really well and it worked great! My anti-veggie 22 month old chowed down on this!

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    81. Just finished eating this and it's taking all my will power to not eat the whole thing!!! I've roasted veggies before and never thought about broccoli. Thank your for all your amazing recipes ;-)

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    82. I am so glad to have found a way that I like broccoli! Thank you for this recipe - it was amazing. Can't wait to eat it again!

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    83. I want to roast several veggies tonight: Broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, green beans and maybe carrots. Can I put them in at the same time or do I need to put them in at different times for the smaller veggies? Is 450 degrees good for all of them? How long for them?

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    84. since veggies are no points does the pts come just from the olive oil?
      s3mcv@yahoo.com

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    85. All I can say is "yum". I'll definitely be cooking broccoli like this from now on.

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    86. This was fantastic. Which is something I rarely (if ever) say about vegetables. We eat veggies in our household but we're not veggie lovers.

      But as soon as it came out of the oven we all agreed that it smelled amazing and tasted even better. We ate the whole dish. I'm already planning on putting it into regular rotation and experimenting with other veggies cooked this way.

      OM NOM NOM!

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    87. OMG! I found this website yesterday and fell in love. I made this recipe today, along w/others and it was amazing. I love broccoli and have never tried them roasted or with garlic, wow!!! I had to make myself stop eating. I cut the florets stem short (thats the way I like them) and used minced garlic instead and it was still amazing. A+! Thanks Gina
      -Tameka

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    88. How are you calculating the PointsPlus value....the only thing w/ points is the olive which is 6 for 2 TBSP right?

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    89. thanks so much for the recipe! my whole family loved this, especially my 3 year old boy!!

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    90. Favorite new way to eat broccoli...SO GOOD!! Takes broccoli to a whole new level!! Thanks!

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    91. Texas Shirl6/2/12, 9:47 PM

      I love this recipe! I sprinkle after roasting with a little lemon juice, lemon zest and parm. YUM!

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    92. Roasted Broccoli.... mmm! This is definitely a new favorite. We eat lots of broccoli and it's nice to have a new way to prepare it besides steaming. Thank you for sharing. All your recipes inspire me to spend more time in the kitchen.

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    93. I usually don't like cooked vegetables, but my husband loves them, so I tried this and I LOVE it! Thank you for opening up a new world! I had to put cheese over it to convince him to eat it, but it worked and he devoured it :)

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    94. LOVE this!! I've made it quite a few times and its my most favorite way to eat broccoli!!! I often wonder if I could use thawed frozen broccoli florets,them i have always in the freezer!! One day I will be brave

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    95. Can this be made ahead of time? How would you reheat? Oven is going to be occupied at the place we re having thanksgiving.

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    96. I love roasting broccoli. I usually put a little lemon juice and parmesan cheese on it in the last few minutes of roasting.

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    97. So good! I'm having some of the leftovers for lunch tomorrow, but I made so much of the recipe that I am having trouble portion sizing. Anyone know about how many cups a serving comes out to be?

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    98. Isn't it bad to cook extra virgin olive oil at a temperature above 375 degrees fahrenheit, since that is above its smoke point?

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