15 Ways to Use Broccoli


Broccoli season is fast approaching; are you counting down the days — I know I am! In the meantime, let’s take a look at 15 delicious, versatile and interesting ways to prepare broccoli. Have your own favorite broccoli recipe? Tell us about it in the comments.

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1. Simple Pasta & Broccoli


  • 1 pound pasta, penne, orrechiette, fusilli or any small shaped pasta
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecorino or parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • red chili flakes to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add broccoli and cook until just tender. Remove broccoli from pot with a slotted spoon and set aside.
2. Add pasta to the same pot and cook according to package directions. When the pasta is al dente, reserve about 1/2 cup pasta water and strain pasta. Set aside.
3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium. When oil is simmering, add chopped garlic and desired amount of red chili flakes. Cook for one minute, or until fragrant. Add broccoli and stir in oil so it’s well-coated. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, or until the broccoli is fully tender.
4. Pour cooked pasta into skillet and toss to coat. Sprinkle pecorino over noodles, and slowly incorporate reserved pasta water to make sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Recipe Adapted From: Serious Eats

More Recipes:
Light Broccoli Alfredo
Red Bell Pepper and Broccoli Pasta Sauce
Pirate Pesto with Broccoli
Corn & Broccoli Calzones
Roasted Vegetable Tart


2. Broccoli-Arugula Soup


  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 head broccoli, cut in small florets
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup arugula
  • Coarse salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme (optional)
  • Lemon slices for serving


1.  In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for another minute or so. Add broccoli and cook until it is bright green, about 4 minutes. Add water, salt and pepper, and thyme to taste. Bring to boil, then cover and lower heat. Cook until broccoli is tender, around 8 minutes.
2. Carefully** pour soup into blender and add arugula, blending until smooth. Serve with lemon slices.

** If the idea of blending a hot liquid in the blender makes you nervous, you can blend in batches of 2, 3 or 4, and set aside the blended soup in large saucepan over low heat. You can also, if you wish, let the soup cool for 5-10 minutes before blending and warm on the stovetop afterwards.

Recipe Credit: Goop

More Soups & Sides:
Simple Broccoli Soup
Chilled Broccoli-Leek Soup
Lemony Roasted Broccoli
Chickpeas and Broccoli with Garlicky Pesto


3. Garlic & Ginger Broccoli


  • 1 large bunch broccoli, about 1 1/4 pounds, cut into 1 inch florets. Stems trimmed and peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices.
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced into matchstick pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, slice into matchstick pieces
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar


1. In a heavy skilled over high heat, cook canola and sesame oil until hot. Add ginger and cook for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and continue to cook for about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ginger and garlic to a paper towel and let it drain.
2. Add broccoli to skillet and cook over medium-high heat until just brown and tender, stirring frequently. This should take about 5 minutes.
3. Stir 2 tablespoons of water, soy sauce and and a few drops rice vinegar (or more to taste) in a bowl. Add bowl contents to the skillet and cook for about 1 minute, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Transfer to serving plates and sprinkle with ginger and garlic. Serve immediately.

Recipe Adapted From: Epicurious

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Sesame-Coated Tofu with Spicy Broccoli
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Kung Pao Tofu

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Naomi Dreyer
Naomi Dreyer2 months ago

I have become a broccoli fan recently so these suggestions are useful

Melissa DogLover
Melissa DogLover9 months ago

The recipe that was #1 actually looks really healthy but still really yummy to try one day!!! I have started to like broccoli more as I get older, but I'm a huge huge fan of it still, unless it's in lots of cheese, or my favorite, broccoli cheese soup-- yummmm!!!!! ^_^

Sue M.
Sue M.9 months ago

Broccoli - one of my favourite vegetables

Kamia T.
Kamia T.9 months ago

Okay - another totally misleading title that absolutely DID NOT need 3 pages to show us THREE recipes, not 15 things! Please, please stop.

Elizabeth Griffin
Elizabeth Griffin9 months ago

This article's headline promises 15 ways to use broccoli but I only find 3. Where are the others?

Carmen Baez
Carmen Baezabout a year ago

Broccoli... yum!

Janis K.
Janis K.about a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

Vee Jackson
Past Member about a year ago

I have always loved my veggies

Miss Rose
Past Member 1 years ago

I love broccoli!

Andy Walker
Andy Walker2 years ago