Cheddar-Roasted Broccoli Recipe

March 5, 2024

Published March 1, 2024

Cheddar-Roasted Broccoli
Nico Schinco for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne.

With frizzled florets and crisp-tender stems, roasted broccoli is pretty delicious on its own. Follow Step 1 if you need a go-to basic method, or keep going for broccoli all dressed up in lacy skirts of Cheddar. Store-bought grated cheese will work, but freshly grated cheese will have an easier time surrendering to the heat of the oven. Let the cheese go past melted to just golden brown, at which point it will crisp into chips on your florets. Serve the broccoli alongside , or — or eat it straight from the sheet pan with your fingers.

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Yield:4 servings
  • pounds broccoli, cut into 1½- to 2-inch-long florets, stems sliced ¼-inch thick
  • 3tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ¾packed cup/3 ounces coarsely grated extra-sharp Cheddar
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Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

237 calories; 18 grams fat; 6 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 9 grams monounsaturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 13 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams dietary fiber; 3 grams sugars; 10 grams protein; 473 milligrams sodium

Note: The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


  1. Arrange a rack at the bottom of the oven and heat to 425 degrees. On a parchment paper-lined sheet pan, toss the broccoli with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer, cut sides down, and roast on the bottom rack, without flipping, until browned and crisp-tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Sprinkle the broccoli with the garlic, stir to combine, then spread the broccoli in an even layer. Sprinkle with the Cheddar, then roast until the cheese is melted and nearly all golden brown, 6 to 9 minutes. Let cool a few minutes for the cheese to crisp. Use a spatula to transfer the broccoli and all the cheese to plates.

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