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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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Corn & Broccoli Calzones
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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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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


6:44AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013


6:38AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Here you tell us to heat the olive oil till simmering! Elsewhere, on this URL: , you tell us NEVER to heat up olive oil because of the poisons it creates: "However, it’s important to realize it is NOT good for cooking. It should really only be used cold, typically drizzled on salads and other food. Due to its chemical structure and a large amount of unsaturated fats, cooking makes extra-virgin olive oil very susceptible to oxidative damage." You might wish to avoid giving such contradictory messages on a health site.

1:46AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

thanks for the recipes

9:36AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Love broccoli pasta!!! Thank you.

9:34AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

I loved the first recipe better, thanks, I will try it!

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