For the Love of Broccoli

The scary green vegetable that once haunted our childhood managed to reemerge in most of our minds as a rather lovably delicious friend. Check out these recipes devoted to one of the best and most patient of the vegetables, broccoli.
By: Anna Becker / 11/27/2018 / Recipes

1. Broccoli Rabe & Sausage Pasta with Raisins and Breadcrumbs

This is one of our all-time favorite weeknight pastas. It features a few key ingredients that perfectly marry into a sweet, hot and salty sauce. First, there’s the crunchy golden breadcrumbs for texture. Then the spicy Italian sausage, broken up into small pieces so it better catches in the rigatoni. Broccoli rabe has a great bitter bite, and plump golden raisins add bursts of sweetness to balance the meal. Cook, relax and enjoy! Get the recipe here.

2. Pepperoncini Shrimp & Broccoli with Creamy Lemon Herb Dip

One bite of this dish will transport you to a warm, breezy day at a seaside restaurant. The shrimp is lightly fried in oil that has been infused with spicy pepperoncini and fragrant garlic. This flavored oil also comes back into play as a zesty topper. A creamy dip served alongside is the only other thing you'll need for this meal—well, maybe besides a chilled beer. Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.

3. Broccoli and Black Olive Pizza with Cherry Tomato Sauce

Midweek pizza is a good way to trick your brain into feeling stress-free weekend vibes, and also a sneaky way to get any veggie-haters to gobble down some good-for-you greens. This pizza has sweet cherry tomatoes as the basis for the sauce, and combines briny Kalamata olives with crunchy broccoli. Add as much or as little of the chili oil as you'd like! Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.

4. Cheesy Broccoli Pizza Pockets with Romaine-Parmesan Salad

These pizza pockets, which are like individual calzones, are sure to be a hit all around! No one will think twice about the fact that they happen to be filled with good-for-you broccoli! Portioning the dough and letting it rest at room temperature while you make the filling helps the dough warm up, and also makes it easier to stretch. The cherry tomato sauce on the side makes the perfect dip. Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.

5. Roasted Chicken & Broccoli with Cheddar Rice Casserole

Tangy cream cheese adds a special, silky touch to the rice casserole. Spiced chicken and broccoli roast together on a sheet pan as the rice bakes, leaving you free to dream about the result. And, if that doesn't all sound cozy enough, the creamy rice gets tucked in with a melty, bubbly cheddar blanket. Is there anything better than cheesy rice? We think not. Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.

6. Broccoli-Cheddar Soup with Peas & Garlicky Ciabatta

Sometimes it's hard to get enough veggies into your diet—but delicious soups like this make that struggle a whole lot easier (and tastier)! An elevated take on a classic flavor combo, this play on broccoli-cheddar soup also includes creamy mascarpone and peas for extra creamy, veggie goodness. Crunchy, garlic-cheese toasts are served alongside to scoop up every last drop. It's pretty soup-er. Cook, relax, and enjoy! Get the recipe here.