Crispy Cheesy Roasted Broccoli

Fresh broccoli florets are roasted until tender, then topped with a panko and shredded cheese topping which makes this the most amazing roasted broccoli recipe ever!

Roasted broccoli in baking dish with cheese

Not your typical roasted broccoli recipe, this version is amazingly flavorful, with fantastic crunch from a topping of panko/reduced fat shredded cheese combo!  This recipe will convert any non-veggie lover!

Enter… this super incredible crispy cheesy roasted broccoli!!  This recipe was based off of one I found in an old weight watchers magazine, but I altered it a bit to lower the point value down to 3 freestyle smart points per serving.

The points here are coming from three things… the olive oil, the cheese, and the panko.  And trust me, it’s SO worth it!!

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Broccoli roasted on baking sheet

WHAT OVEN TEMPERATURE DO YOU USE FOR ROASTED BROCCOLI

Most of the other roasted broccoli recipes I’ve seen and made, used an oven temperature of 425 F degrees.  But I like to use a high oven temp, 500 F degrees to be exact.  This allows the broccoli to get super crispy and still retain a hint of a bite, so they’re not completely mush.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO ROAST BROCCOLI IN THE OVEN

Well that depends on what oven temperature you’re using, but for this recipe it only takes 11-13 minutes!  That’s another reason why I love this high temperature recipe… it takes less time!

Cheesy roasted broccoli in white baking dish

WHAT GOES WELL WITH ROASTED BROCCOLI

The sky is the limit!  Of the recipes here on the blog, you could make a great dinner out of this roasted broccoli recipe and either low carb chicken tenders, chipotle glazed meatloaf,  or prosciutto wrapped shrimp.  Or go full vegetarian and serve alongside a big bowl of tomato basil soup with pesto!

You could probably reduce the point value by reducing the amount of cheese if you wanted to as well.

I hope you give this delicious roasted broccoli a try… it’s truly my favorite!!

Forkful of roasted broccoli with cheese

HELPFUL TOOLS:

  • Large rimmed baking sheet – one of my favorite sheet pans, and there’s plenty of room for the veggies to really get crispy!
  • Box grater –  just in case you don’t have one, this is the one I have and love!

Simple ingredients and an easy 5 minutes of prep is all it takes to get this mouthwatering roasted broccoli in the oven!  You'll love the cheesy topping, and even non-veggie lovers will go crazy over this healthy side dish!! #broccoli #roastedbroccoli #weightwatchers #freestyle #smartpoints
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5 from 5 votes
Crispy Cheesy Roasted Broccoli
4 servings
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

This roasted broccoli recipe is the mother of all healthy side dishes recipes!

Calories: 113 kcal
Ingredients
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 oz reduced fat cheddar cheese, finely shredded (I usually use 2% reduced fat)
  • 1/8 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • bit of vegetable oil cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 500 F degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and set aside.

  2. To a large mixing bowl, add broccoli florets and olive oil, giving it a toss with your hands to fully coat the broccoli with the oil. Add pepper and salt and toss again to combine.

  3. Transfer broccoli to prepared baking sheet and bake 8 minutes. While broccoli is baking, combine cheese and panko in a small bowl.

  4. Remove baking sheet from oven and sprinkle broccoli with cheese/panko mixture. Spray quickly with a little cooking spray and return to oven for 3-5 minutes, until cheese is melted and a bit crispy.

  5. Can be served from the baking sheet or alternatively, after broccoli is finished with the first 8 minute bake, transfer broccoli to a large casserole dish. Top with cheese/panko and bake 3-5 minutes and serve directly from the dish. Just make sure the casserole dish is oven safe at 500!

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted very slightly from Weight Watchers magazine

 

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Calories: 113 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 285mg | Potassium: 278mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 11.2% | Vitamin C: 92% | Calcium: 10.5% | Iron: 4.7%

I’m not a nutritionist, and nutritional values here on my recipes should be used for general information purposes only.  This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before starting a new diet and fitness regimen.

Simple ingredients and an easy 5 minutes of prep is all it takes to get this mouthwatering roasted broccoli in the oven!  You'll love the cheesy topping, and even non-veggie lovers will go crazy over this healthy side dish!! #broccoli #roastedbroccoli #weightwatchers #freestyle #smartpoints

Simple ingredients and an easy 5 minutes of prep is all it takes to get this mouthwatering roasted broccoli in the oven!  You'll love the cheesy topping, and even non-veggie lovers will go crazy over this healthy side dish!! #broccoli #roastedbroccoli #weightwatchers #freestyle #smartpoints

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11 comments on “Crispy Cheesy Roasted Broccoli”

  1. Would it be possible to use frozen broccoli somehow?

  2. Easy, healthy, delicious recipe which perfectly fits into any diet plan. Love it!

  3. I love roasted broccoli! And adding cheese makes it sounds SO good!

  4. This is a great side dish! Love that cheese on top!

  5. The ONLY way to eat broccoli! This sounds fantastic!

  6. Yum! I love broccoli and cheese dishes!

  7. Maybe my kids will actually eat broccoli if I serve it to them with this delicious cheese! YUM!

  8. This needs to happen at my house very soon!!

  9. Roasting broccoli is the best way to cook it, in my opinion. This cheesy goodness is a huge hit here! So tasty!

  10. This is such a great side dish!