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15 Ways to Use Broccoli

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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

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:05PM PDT on Sep 29, 2015

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

12:51PM PST on Feb 23, 2015

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!!!!! ^_^

3:53AM PST on Feb 23, 2015

Broccoli - one of my favourite vegetables

12:03PM PST on Feb 22, 2015

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

3:25AM PST on Feb 22, 2015

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

3:36PM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

Broccoli... yum!

6:45PM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

6:25PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

I have always loved my veggies

6:20PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

I love broccoli!

7:05AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013


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