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Easy Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan (3 ingredients)

Easy Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan is three simple ingredients that are roasted together to create an easy side dish perfect for any meal! 

Easy Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan

Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and broccoli are roasted together on a sheet pan for a crunchy and salty side dish recipe idea you won’t be able to stop eating!

If you love fresh broccoli florets and need a new take on the, give this recipe a try! 

This roasted broccoli recipe will charm everyone with its nutty flavor, toasted broccoli heads, and a hefty sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

How to Make Easy Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan

First, let’s gather the ingredients we’ll need for this recipe.

​You’ll need a nice head of broccoli. You could definitely use broccoli florets from the bag, but, I love a good roasted broccoli steam!

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cut broccoli ready to be roasted

​Cut your broccoli into pieces on the larger side, with plenty of flat sides down, so you can get optimal roasty-toasty-goodness.

​Next, you’ll need high-quality olive oil.

I love this Olive Oil from Williams Sonoma. I know it’s expensive! But since using it, it’s made a huge difference in the taste of my food! 

​Pro Tip: When you’re cooking a very simple dish like this Parmesan Roasted Broccoli, you want to use the highest quality you can afford! It’ll make all the difference.

Now, grab the fresh parmesan cheese from your grocer’s *nice* cheese section. The one with the stamped “parmesan” on the rind!

Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan Cheese

Use your countertop cheese grater and grind it up, or use a Microplane to shave it all over everything when you need it from the printable recipe card.

Roasting this Broccoli Dish

Now, let’s talk about the simplicity that is roasted vegetables!

roasted broccoli with fresh aged parmesan

​These tips go for almost any vegetable: brussels sprouts, green beans, potatoes, onions, carrots, etc.

You need olive oil plus seasoning. For me, that usually means “plain” kosher salt and cracked black pepper.

Sometimes the seasoning could be Italian seasoning or minced garlic. Whatever seasoning blend you love, use that when you’re roasting vegetables!

You’ll need a baking sheet like this one, and give it a good spray with avocado oil or a hefty drizzle of olive oil. Just so nothing sticks to the pan!

​Place your cut broccoli stalks flattest side down on your sheet pan, in a single layer.

broccoli on a sheet pan, ready to be roasted

Drizzle or spray with olive oil, then for this recipe skip the salt and pepper! Crazy, I know!

The parmesan cheese is very salty, so it adds plenty of flavor without any additional salt.

Roast the broccoli in an even layer at 425˚ for 20 minutes. You’ll end up with crispy edges and tender florets!

grated parmesan over roasted broccoli

Take the broccoli out of the oven and grate the cheese over top or sprinkle it all over. Make sure you get some on the sheet pan, so it can get golden brown in the oven.

Once you’ve added enough parmesan to satisfy your heart, place the pan back in the oven to really brown and crisp up the parmesan broccoli.

Serving this Simple Side Dish

​The final roast should only take about 5 minutes, and this all depends on your oven. So watch carefully!

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

You want to take the pan out before anything has burned, or even remotely looks burned.

Alright! Now, you have two options for serving this perfect side dish:

One, you can do it as is. Just scoop it off of the cookie sheet, and serve it with your main dish of choice.

Broccolli roasted with lemon paremsan

​Or, you could add one more ingredient and add some lemon zest and fresh lemon juice to brighten it all up.

Both are incredible! And if you’re like me, you take the third option and eat it all right off the pan, straight out of the oven! 

This great side dish will turn any broccoli haters into a broccoli fan! It might become one of your new favorite ways to make a broccoli side dish!

Main Dish Recipe Ideas to Serve With Your Favorite Broccoli Recipe

When choosing your main dish, give any of these a try with the broccoli dish.

North Carolina Chicken

Grilled Ranch Chicken

Grilled Red Wine Marinated Steak

Lemon Pepper Salmon

Save this to your favorite side dish recipe board on Pinterest!

Easy Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan

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Easy Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan (3 ingredients)

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: roasted
  • Cuisine: american


  • 1 Broccoli Head, broken down into pieces
  • 1 TBS of Good Olive Oil
  • 2 TBS Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Optional: zest of one lemon


  1. Preheat your oven to 425˚.
  2. To your baking sheet pan, drizzle olive oil on the bottom, or use cooking spray.
  3. Place broccoli pieces, flat side down and drizzle with one tablespoon of olive oil.
  4. Roast at 425˚ for 20 minutes, or until the tops are slightly browned and the stems are tender.
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with two tablespoons of parmesan cheese all over, don’t mix.
  6. Place back in the oven for 5 minutes, keeping a close eye! Allow the cheese to melt and crisp up a bit.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve as you’d like!

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