Broccoli Cheddar Pizza

This broccoli cheddar pizza starts with a super creamy herb-filled white sauce then is topped with tender broccoli florets and cheddar.

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I always feel kind of embarrassed to say that my favorite food is pizza because it sounds so generic, but like, it’s truly one of the most flexible foods out there. You can get so creative with it! And I absolutely love coming up with new flavor combos for my pizza. This week it was a Broccoli Cheddar Pizza with a super creamy, herb-filled white sauce. SO GOOD.

Overhead view of a broccoli cheddar pizza

Pizza Crust Options

You can use any type of pizza dough or pizza crust for this recipe. I used my super quick Thin & Crispy Pizza Crust recipe, but you could also use store-bought dough, store-bought pre-baked pizza crust, or even something like naan or tortillas.

Can You Use Fresh Broccoli?

Yes, absolutely. I used frozen broccoli because it’s par-boiled before freezing, so it’s already tender and ready to go, but if you prefer fresh broccoli you can certainly use that. You can either leave it fresh for extra crunch, or you can steam or par-boil it first to make it more tender. If using broccoli fresh without any pre-cooking, I suggest tossing it in a little bit of oil to prevent it from drying out when in the oven.

What Else Can I Add?

I’m a huge advocate of checking your pantry, fridge, or freezer for leftover ingredients that you can toss into your meal. Pizza is one of the best recipes for using up random ingredients. Here are some ingredients that would go awesome on this pizza, if you have them:

  • Red onion
  • Bacon
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Feta
  • Pesto
  • Cooked chicken (rotisserie, grilled breast, etc.)
  • Ham
One slice of broccoli cheddar pizza being pulled from the pie
One slice of broccoli cheddar pizza being pulled from the pie

Broccoli Cheddar Pizza

This broccoli cheddar pizza starts with a super creamy herb-filled white sauce then is topped with tender broccoli florets and cheddar.
Total Cost $3.28 recipe / $0.82 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 2 slices each
Calories 588.48kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Herby White Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp butter $0.11
  • 4 oz. cream cheese $0.40
  • 1/2 cup milk $0.15
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.01
  • 1/8 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.01

Pizza Toppings

  • 12 oz. frozen broccoli florets, thawed $0.89
  • 6 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded $1.27

Instructions

  • Prepare the herby white sauce first. Combine the butter, cream cheese, milk, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper in a small saucepot. Heat and stir over medium until the cream cheese has fully melted and the sauce is thick and creamy.
  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Stretch your pizza dough over a pizza pan. Spread the herby white sauce over the surface of the pizza dough.
  • Chop the thawed frozen broccoli into smaller pieces. Sprinkle the chopped broccoli over the herby white sauce on the pizza. Top with the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes, or until the pizza crust is golden brown and the cheddar on top is melted. Cut into eight pieces and serve!

Notes

*I used Thin and Crispy Pizza Crust, which requires a five-minute pre-bake before topping. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2slices | Calories: 588.48kcal | Carbohydrates: 58.95g | Protein: 22.23g | Fat: 28.88g | Sodium: 953.7mg | Fiber: 4.53g
One slice of broccoli cheddar pizza being held close to the camera

How to Make Broccoli Cheddar Pizza – Step by Step Photos

Herby white sauce ingredients (minus milk) in the saucepot

Start with the herby white sauce. Add 1 Tbsp butter, 4 oz. cream cheese, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp onion powder, ½ tsp dried basil, ½ tsp dried oregano, ⅛ tsp pepper, ¼ tsp salt, and ½ cup milk to a saucepot (photo is before adding the milk).

Finished herby white sauce on a spoon in the sauce pot

Heat and stir the sauce ingredients over medium until the cream cheese is fully melted and the sauce is thick and creamy.

White sauce being spread onto pizza dough

Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Stretch your pizza dough onto a pizza pan, then spread the herby white sauce over the surface.

Chopped broccoli on a cutting board

Chop 12 oz. of thawed frozen broccoli florets into smaller, bite-sized pieces.

Broccoli added to the pizza

Add the chopped broccoli on top of the white sauce.

pizza topped with shredded cheddar

Finally, top with 6oz. shredded cheddar.

Baked broccoli cheddar pizza on the pizza pan

Bake the broccoli cheddar pizza in the preheated 450ºF oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheddar is melted.

Close up of sliced broccoli cheddar pizza

Slice the pizza into eight pieces, then serve!

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Broccoli Pesto Pasta with Green Olives

Broccoli, pesto, and green olives—believe it! This pasta recipe tastes so fresh. It’s perfectly suited for springtime dinners, though I think you’ll want to keep it in…

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broccoli pesto pasta recipe

Broccoli, pesto, and green olives—believe it! This pasta recipe tastes so fresh. It’s perfectly suited for springtime dinners, though I think you’ll want to keep it in your repertoire for the rest of the year.

I wouldn’t have come up with this pasta combination myself, so I’m glad I found the recipe in my friend Kelly Senyei’s new cookbook, The Secret Ingredient Cookbook. You might know Kelly from her blog, Just a Taste. Kelly is a delightful person, a professionally trained chef and a hard-working mom to three boys, all under the age of five.

broccoli pesto pasta ingredients

Kelly’s new cookbook offers 125 family-friendly recipes with fun secret ingredient twists. I don’t want to spoil all the surprises, but I’m looking forward to trying the Caesar pasta salad (with avocado), Greek chopped salad (with halloumi cheese), 30-minute mac and cheese (with pumpkin) and mushroom ravioli with brown butter sauce (with goat cheese, and made entirely from scratch). And good gracious, wait until you see the desserts.

This broccoli pesto pasta recipe includes green olives as the secret ingredient. They offer a delicious briny olive flavor and cover up the flavor of the broccoli. She says her boys absolutely love this dish, so this dish is designed for the whole family. I found some ricotta in my fridge and really enjoyed a few dollops over my bowl. Serve it as you please!

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Roasted Broccoli Pimento Cheddar Melts.

These roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts are a lovely little lunch or snack! Toasted sourdough, melty pimento cheese and charred broccoli come together to make the most perfect cheesy, crunchy toast. We love them! These pimento cheese melts are the way to my heart!  They are embarrassingly easy and incredibly delicious. So simple, yet pack […]

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These roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts are a lovely little lunch or snack! Toasted sourdough, melty pimento cheese and charred broccoli come together to make the most perfect cheesy, crunchy toast. We love them!

These pimento cheese melts are the way to my heart! 

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

They are embarrassingly easy and incredibly delicious. So simple, yet pack a big punch.

A big lunch punch?!

Okay I’ll stop. They must find their way into your kitchen this week!

broccoli ready to roast

Last week, I promised you something fantastic with that pimento cheese recipe. And here is number one. A toasty sourdough, charred broccoli, melty, cheesy toast that will brighten your day. It can be a toast or even a crostini bite on little baguette slices. 

pimento cheese

If you find yourself with a plethora of pimento cheese… you have got to use it to make these wonderful melts! Sure, I’ve made pimento cheese grilled cheese before. And it’s super good. Very decadent and melty and wonderful. 

But if you want something slightly simpler and if you want to incorporate a little of that classic broccoli cheddar flavor, this melt will be your new BFF.

Make it into a sandwich, keep it open-faced – whatever you desire!

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts out of the oven

It’s no secret what a fan of roasted broccoli we are in this house. I’ll spare you the ramble of “I just don’t know how it’s possible….” considering I loathed the sight of broccoli a few years ago. But it’s such a staple for us now – and if there is cheddar or any form of cheese involved?

HELLO I am so there.

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

First, we have all sorts of delish flavor going on here. Charred, roasted broccoli. Chewy yet toasted sourdough. All the savory, salty cheesy goodness. It’s a combination that cannot be beat.

Next, we have tons of texture too. The toast! The roasted broccoli! And the the gooey melty cheese. 

It’s an actual treat for your tastebuds.

roasted broccoli pimento cheese melts

As simple as it may be, it’s such a satisfying little meal. Pair it with a good greens salad or even an extra side of roasted broccoli. It’s filling, tastes wonderful and so super easy to throw together. (more…)

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Broccoli Pasta Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

This Broccoli Pasta Salad features a tangy homemade vinaigrette, nutty sunflower seeds, and creamy-salty feta.

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It’s that time of year again. The time of year when all I want to eat are cold salads with crunchy vegetables. And since fresh broccoli is one of my favorite crunchy vegetables, I decided to build a pasta salad featuring broccoli and my new favorite homemade salad dressing. This Broccoli Pasta Salad features a tangy homemade tomato vinaigrette, nutty sunflower seeds, savory red onions, and pops of creamy-salty feta. This flavor-texture combo is just magic!

Overhead of an oval serving tray full of broccoli pasta salad with black utensils in the side

Pasta Options

I used a rotini pasta for this salad because all the little twisty crevices are great at grabbing onto the salad dressing, making sure there’s tons of flavor in every bite. That being said, you could definitely do something like a penne, bowtie, or orecchiette instead. I think the nutty flavor of whole wheat pasta would actually go really well with the flavors in this salad, too.

Salad Dressing Options

I’ve included a homemade tomato vinaigrette with this recipe, but if you’re not a fan of tomato you could do a basic Italian dressing in its place, or something like a champagne vinaigrette. I’d stick to dressings that are light and tangy.

Is the Broccoli Raw??

The last time I posted a salad recipe with raw broccoli, there were quite a few people who were surprised that you could (or that you would want to) eat raw broccoli. Yes, the broccoli in this salad is raw. Raw broccoli is deliciously crunchy but does have a very different flavor from cooked broccoli. If you prefer cooked broccoli, I suggest using roasted broccoli to give an extra flavor boost to the salad.

Close up side view of broccoli pasta salad with tomato vinaigrette on a platter
Close up side view of broccoli pasta salad with tomato vinaigrette on a platter

Broccoli Pasta Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

This Broccoli Pasta Salad features a tangy homemade vinaigrette, nutty sunflower seeds, and creamy-salty feta.
Total Cost $4.67 recipe / $1.17 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 1.5 cups each
Calories 576.05kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste $0.05
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar $0.20
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp sugar $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil $0.96

Salad

  • 1/2 lb. rotini pasta $0.38
  • 1 lb. broccoli $0.89
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion $0.16
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds $0.25
  • 4 oz. feta $1.65

Instructions

  • Prepare the vinaigrette first. Whisk together the tomato paste, red wine vinegar, basil, garlic powder, sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl until smooth. Begin to whisk in the olive oil, one tablespooon at a time, until fully incorporated. Set the vinaigrette aside.
  • Cook the rotini pasta according to the package directions (boil for 7-10 minutes, or until tender). Drain the pasta in a colander. Rinse briefly with cool water to cool off the pasta. Drain well.
  • While the pasta is cooking, cut the broccoli florets off the stems, then roughly chop the florets into small, bite-sized pieces. Finely dice the red onion.
  • Once the pasta has drained, transfer it to a large bowl. Add the chopped broccoli, red onion, and sunflower seeds. Crumble the feta over top. Drizzle the dressing into the bowl and then gently toss the ingredients until they are evenly combined and everything is coated in dressing. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 576.05kcal | Carbohydrates: 56.45g | Protein: 16.78g | Fat: 32.9g | Sodium: 575.15mg | Fiber: 6.38g
Overhead of broccoli pasta salad on a platter with a bowl of sunflower seeds and broccoli florets on the side

How to Make Broccoli Pasta Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette – Step by Step Photos

tomato paste, vinegar, and herbs in a bowl

Begin the tomato vinaigrette first. Whisk together 1 Tbsp tomato paste, 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar, ½ tsp dried basil, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp sugar, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper until smooth.

One tablespoon oil being added to tomato paste mixture in the bowl

Begin to whisk in olive oil, one tablespoon at a time, until you’ve incorporated 6 Tbsps. Set the dressing aside.

Cooked rotini in a colander

Next, cook ½ lb. rotini according to the package directions (boil 7-10 minutes, or until tender). Drain the pasta in a colander. Give it a brief rinse to cool it off, then let it drain well.

Chopped broccoli on a cutting board

Chop about 1 lb. of fresh broccoli into small, bite-sized pieces. They don’t have to be pretty florets, just chop away until the pieces are fairly small. Also finely dice about ½ cup red onion.

Broccoli pasta salad ingredients in a bowl

Once cooled, transfer the pasta to a bowl and add the chopped broccoli, diced red onion, ¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds, and about 4oz. feta.

Tomato vinaigrette being poured over the pasta salad ingredients

Pour the tomato vinaigrette over top…

Finished broccoli pasta salad in a bowl with a red spatula

Then gently toss everything together until well combined and everything is coated in dressing. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for later!

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Cream of Broccoli Soup

This cream of broccoli soup is perfect for a rainy day. It’s creamy and satisfying, yet light and nutritious at the same time. This soup is a…

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cream of broccoli soup recipe

This cream of broccoli soup is perfect for a rainy day. It’s creamy and satisfying, yet light and nutritious at the same time. This soup is a lovely side dish for your favorite sandwiches and hearty salads.

You might be intrigued by some of the elements in this cream of broccoli soup recipe. For starters, it’s lusciously creamy with minimal cream—we’ll primarily use butter and just finish the soup with a drizzle of optional cream.

cream of broccoli soup ingredients

Secondly, this recipe makes use of the broccoli stems and crowns, which is a fun way to maximize broccoli flavor and minimize waste. You’ve seen me use this trick in my Broccoli Cheese Soup. If you’ve enjoyed that soup, you’ll definitely appreciate this one.

This cream of broccoli soup is not a superstar meal on its own, but is a really, really nice component in a springtime meal. I hope you’ll try it!

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Potato Chip Crusted Chicken Fingers with Ranch and Roasted Broccoli.

Oh boy! We’re making potato chip crusted chicken fingers for the most delish meal ever. These super crispy, crunchy savory chicken fingers are a huge favorite in our house. They have so much texture and flavor. I love to serve them with my homemade ranch (it’s seriously unreal) and roasted broccoli or another roasted vegetable. […]

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Oh boy! We’re making potato chip crusted chicken fingers for the most delish meal ever.

potato chip crusted chicken fingers with ranch and roasted broccoli

These super crispy, crunchy savory chicken fingers are a huge favorite in our house. They have so much texture and flavor. I love to serve them with my homemade ranch (it’s seriously unreal) and roasted broccoli or another roasted vegetable. The combo is wonderful! Satisfying, filling and tastes like heaven. 

kettle cooked potato chips in a bag

Chicken fingers are not a new thing around here… I mean, you may remember me making them in 2010! It’s insane that I’ve made so many different variations over the last decade. I find that we go in and out of phases with them. They’re easily one of Eddie’s favorite foods too. 

But I probably make them most often to chop up and use in my house salad for dinner. We LOVE that kind of meal. It tastes so indulgent and is just super good. 

P.S. definitely happy to report that I’ve chopped these potato chip chicken fingers up too and used them in salads. Absolutely excellent! I mean, how can you go wrong with insane crispy crunch?

potato chip crusted chicken fingers ready to bake

Anyway!

Let’s get to the potato chip coating!

Years ago, I started making potato chip crusted fish (and more recently, fish sticks!) –  which is SO SO good. It’s where I originally got the idea to do chip crusted chicken and I’m thrilled it works with both. 

I like to use kettle cooked chips here, but that’s just personal preference. I’m not a huge chip lover unless there is a really fantastic dip around. But I only buy kettle cooked chips because the crunch is unbeatable! That’s why I suggest those here.

homemade ranch dressing ingredients

Also! I find it important to really crush the chips so you have mostly tiny crumbs, but then there will always be a few bigger pieces that give some extra crunch on the chicken. The best part! If you want to see exactly how I do it, head to instagram where I’ll make this recipe on stories today.

You can probably imagine that once these are baked, the coating is even more crisp and crunchy than before. If you’re a crunch lover like I am, you will freak over these.

howsweeteats house ranch

Also, yes I do think these can be made in the air fryer. And I do really love my air fryer. However, it’s difficult to make one batch at a time because these need to be in a single layer! So I find the oven to be more efficient overall, because it’s one bake time and then they’re done. 

potato chip crusted chicken fingers right after baking

My homemade ranch is the recipe that made me fall in love with ranch. I make a big batch and everyone goes crazy for it – we dip ALLLLLL the things in it. It’s one of the dips I love to serve with these chicken fingers (along with my house sauce, of course). The combination is classic and so darn good.

potato chip crusted chicken fingers

Finally!

I roast some broccoli for the side. It’s easily my favorite vegetable, so anything else you love works here too. My family LOVES this meal. It’s such a great balance – crispy crunchy chicken with roasted, flavorful broccoli. And everything is drizzle in a touch of ranch. We all get so excited when a plate looks like this.  (more…)

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sheet pan chow mein

Here’s a really fun dinner I made recently, the sheet pan chow mein from Hetty McKinnon’s, new cookbook, which is a love letter to all the vibrant Chinese food she grew up eating plus many of her other Asian favorites. You — …

Here’s a really fun dinner I made recently, the sheet pan chow mein from Hetty McKinnon’s, new cookbook, which is a love letter to all the vibrant Chinese food she grew up eating plus many of her other Asian favorites. You — we, if I may be so presumptuous — love McKinnon’s vegetarian cooking because she’s so creative, as we saw in this chickpea and kale shakshuka, and yet it’s all so practically-minded, clearly having been vetted in the chaos of real life family dinners.

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Tofu Noodle Stir-Fry with Spring Vegetables

We have a new stir-fry for you, and it’s not just any stir-fry. It puts our DELICIOUS Tahini Stir-Fry Sauce to use and has SUPER flavorful tofu, tons of fresh veggies, and lots of rice noodles that soak up all the saucy goodness! It’s downright addicti…

Tofu Noodle Stir-Fry with Spring Vegetables

We have a new stir-fry for you, and it’s not just any stir-fry. It puts our DELICIOUS Tahini Stir-Fry Sauce to use and has SUPER flavorful tofu, tons of fresh veggies, and lots of rice noodles that soak up all the saucy goodness! It’s downright addictive and you’ll be going back for seconds (and thirds).

Plus, it’s customizable depending on what veggies you have on hand and requires just 10 ingredients!

Tofu Noodle Stir-Fry with Spring Vegetables from Minimalist Baker →

Roasted Broccoli Cheddar Risotto with Crispy Onions.

Broccoli cheddar risotto is my new favorite thing! I mean, this is basically like risotto mac and cheese. It’s unlike any risotto I’ve tried and so ridiculously good, I can hardly stand it.  It doesn’t even look as good as it tastes! The pictures don’t do it justice, I swear. ALSO. It’s probably a sin […]

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Broccoli cheddar risotto is my new favorite thing!

roasted broccoli cheddar risotto with crispy onions

I mean, this is basically like risotto mac and cheese. It’s unlike any risotto I’ve tried and so ridiculously good, I can hardly stand it. 

It doesn’t even look as good as it tastes! The pictures don’t do it justice, I swear.

roasted broccoli on a sheet pan

ALSO.

It’s probably a sin to put cheddar cheese in risotto but here we are! 

cheddar risotto topped with roasted broccoli

Yes yes I know that I just gave you another risotto recipe last month, but I couldn’t help it.

I had leftover arborio rice and this combo… who can resist?!

roasted broccoli cheddar risotto with crispy onions

Plus, it comes together nicely because you can make the broccoli while the risotto cooks. Or you could even use leftover broccoli!

So while the risotto was doing its thing, I took that time and actually roasted the broccoli. I don’t think it’s any secret how obsessed I am with roasted broccoli. Which, yes, still blows my own mind considering I loathed any and all vegetables when I started this blog. But it’s true! And it’s easily my favorite, most-made vegetable in this house.

roasted broccoli cheddar risotto with crispy onions

I love roasted broccoli because of the charred, crispy edges, the depth of flavor that roasting brings and how it changes the texture so it’s more than palatable. You don’t necessarily HAVE to roast it if you don’t want to! You could steam, use a bag of frozen steamed broccoli even, or chop it small and keep it raw and just let the residual risotto heat soften it a bit. 

Totally up to you! I will always go with roasting. 

roasted broccoli cheddar risotto with crispy onions

And I make this risotto just like the scallop risotto that I posted last month. I use a dry white wine (like sauvignon blanc) and if you don’t have it on hand or don’t consume alcohol, you can just use more chicken or vegetable stock. 

Stir the risotto until plump and creamy, stir in the cheddar cheese (I like to use freshly grated white cheddar, but I threw in some sharp yellow cheddar too so you could see it!) and fold in the broccoli.

Then the topping!

Oh, it’s freaking good. I sprinkle a couple of the crispy onions on top for extra flavor and crunch. I just use the store bought version for this. You can also make them yourself if you wish, but I find that it’s unnecessary for this recipe. These make a huge difference on top and just add something really special.

roasted broccoli cheddar risotto with crispy onions

Finally! It’s up to you whether this is your main dish or a side dish. I know most restaurants considering risotto to be the main dish. I could easily eat this as the main dish – and the kids would too.

Eddie definitely prefers it as a side dish, so you can serve it as a side, or throw something else in it to bulk it up. Rotisserie chicken, smoked sausage, even beans.

roasted broccoli cheddar risotto with crispy onions

Now excuse me while I go dive into a bowl of this!

roasted broccoli cheddar risotto with crispy onions

Broccoli Cheddar Risotto

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Broccoli Cheddar Risotto

This broccoli cheddar risotto is like risotto mac and cheese! Roasted broccoli, creamy sharp cheddar and crispy onions. Delicious.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ cups arborio rice
  • ¾ cup dry white wine, like sauvignon blanc
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup crispy onions, such as French’s or 365 brand

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the broccoli florets on a baking sheet and toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden.
  • In a separate saucepan or stock pot, heat the stock on low until it’s warm.
  • In another saucepan or pot, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil on medium-low heat. Stir in the garlic with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in the rice. Cook, stirring often, to toast the rice for 3 to 5 minutes. The rice should be translucent.
  • Once the rice is translucent, stir in the white wine (or you can just use extra stock). Cook until the wine has been absorbed. Add 1 cup of the warm stock, stirring continuously, until the stock is absorbed. Repeat again with 1 cup of stock, stirring until absorbed. Repeat this process with another 2 to 3 cups of the stock, until the rice is creamy and al dente. You want it to appear “hydrated” – and want there to be some liquid left when serving. This process should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the butter until melted. Stir in the white cheese until melted. It is richer than parmesan, so it will be creamier than traditional risotto. Taste the rice and season it with salt and pepper as needed. This will depend on how salty your cheese is, so I suggest adding as much as you need!
  • Stir in the roasted broccoli, or serve it on top of the risotto. Top the risotto with the crispy onions and serve immediately.

roasted broccoli cheddar risotto with crispy onions

Heaven in a spoon.

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Quick Broccoli and Cheese

This quick broccoli and cheese recipe is everything cozy, cheesy, and warm: in less than 10 minutes! It’s the ideal easy side dish. What’s more comforting than broccoli smothered in Parmesan and cheddar? Meet this perfect Broccoli and Cheese, aka Cheesy Broccoli. Alex whipped this up for me and one bite in, memories from childhood flooded back. “What’s in this?” I asked. Somehow it transported right me to nostalgia land! This cheesy broccoli has just the right nuanced flavor from the Parmesan and cheddar cheese, the best tender texture, and the perfect warming vibe. Even better, it’s done in under 10 minutes! It quickly became part of our regular rotation: and we’ll show you how to do it! Ingredients in this quick broccoli and cheese This broccoli and cheese recipe is designed for quick weeknights, when you need a great side dish to pair with your meal. Most nights we make this Pan Fried Broccoli, but when we’re feeling fancy we whip this one out. It’s always a hit with kids, but perhaps more so with adults. Here’s a quick run-down of the ingredients: Fresh broccoli Olive oil Kosher salt Grated Parmesan cheese: The powdery kind, not the kind that […]

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This quick broccoli and cheese recipe is everything cozy, cheesy, and warm: in less than 10 minutes! It’s the ideal easy side dish.

Broccoli and cheese

What’s more comforting than broccoli smothered in Parmesan and cheddar? Meet this perfect Broccoli and Cheese, aka Cheesy Broccoli. Alex whipped this up for me and one bite in, memories from childhood flooded back. “What’s in this?” I asked. Somehow it transported right me to nostalgia land! This cheesy broccoli has just the right nuanced flavor from the Parmesan and cheddar cheese, the best tender texture, and the perfect warming vibe. Even better, it’s done in under 10 minutes! It quickly became part of our regular rotation: and we’ll show you how to do it!

Ingredients in this quick broccoli and cheese

This broccoli and cheese recipe is designed for quick weeknights, when you need a great side dish to pair with your meal. Most nights we make this Pan Fried Broccoli, but when we’re feeling fancy we whip this one out. It’s always a hit with kids, but perhaps more so with adults. Here’s a quick run-down of the ingredients:

  • Fresh broccoli
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Grated Parmesan cheese: The powdery kind, not the kind that looks like sticks (that’s shredded Parmesan)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
Broccoli and cheese recipe

How to make cheesy broccoli: a few tips!

You might think that broccoli and cheese is as simple as throwing broccoli in a pan, adding cheese, and cooking. Well, it’s partially that simple! But cooking broccoli requires just a few special tips to get the right tender texture and gooey cheese. Broccoli can get dry when pan frying it, so often you’ll need a little water for cooking. Here’s what to know:

  • First, sauté the broccoli in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes. This gets it mostly cooked and a little brown.
  • Add the cheese, then 1/4 water and cover! Cook 1 minute. This both steams the broccoli and melts the cheese.

That’s it! Remove the lid and you’ve got a gooey, warm, perfectly tender pile of cheesy broccoli. Even better: you don’t have to wait to bake a casserole! it’s done in less than 10 minutes: perfect for hangry moments.

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Why it’s a healthy side dish…with cheese!

Adding cheese to vegetables is one of the oldest tricks in the book to try to get people to eat their veggies. Here’s the thing…it’s not a terrible idea! Especially when you’re not adding loads of the stuff. Here’s why this broccoli and cheese can be considered a healthy side dish:

  • You get all the fiber and Vitamin C in broccoli! 1 cup of raw broccoli has 2.3 grams of fiber (source) and 140% of your daily vitamin (source).
  • The cheese is moderate. The cheese adds 68 calories and 5 grams fat per serving. This is better than many cheese sauces that load on calories and fat.

Want to go super healthy? Try our Pan Fried Broccoli: it’s got no cheese but lots of great flavor.

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More great broccoli recipes

Broccoli is one of the vegetables we love most in our house! We make it as a side dish all the time. But it’s great in soups, stews, stir fries, and more. Here are some more fantastic broccoli recipes:

This broccoli and cheese recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Broccoli and cheese

Quick Broccoli and Cheese (10 Minutes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This quick broccoli and cheese recipe is everything cozy, cheesy, and warm: in less than 10 minutes! It’s the ideal easy side dish.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli, stem on (about 3 large heads or 6 heaping cups florets)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (the powdery kind)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Chop the broccoli into medium sized florets (leave a good amount of the stem for a nice shape; see the photo or How to Cut Broccoli).
  2. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat it on medium high heat. Add broccoli and salt. Cook 3 to 4 minutes until starting to brown, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the broccoli, followed by the cheddar cheese. Add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the skillet and cover with a lid. Cook another 1 minute until cheese is melted and the water cooks out. Serve immediately! 
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetables

Keywords: Broccoli and cheese, broccoli cheese, cheesy broccoli

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