Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Broccoli Parmesan- one skillet dish

broccoli and Parmesan cheese in a skillet

One skillet broccoli parmesan is one of those recipes that follow the rule that necessity is the mother of invention. 

I went out with my family one night to a local Italian restaurant. Although they had gluten free pizza and gluten free pasta on the menu, I just didn't want to eat a high carbohydrate meal. Being a vegetarian, there was little else I could eat. I asked the chef if he could make me a dish with broccoli, marinara sauce, and cheese. He did and it was delicious!

Eat it as the main course or a side
I liked it so much, I decided to replicate it for myself at home. I simply used one skillet and some basic ingredients. I wasn't that hungry so I ate my broccoli Parmesan as my meal; my husband ate it as a side with a grilled cheese sandwich ( gluten free bread).

broccoli and tomato sautee
I started out with  a sautee of fresh broccoli, garlic, and some chopped tomatoes- added marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese ( vegans- omit cheese or add nutritional yeast)

It is a simple recipe but very tasty- a recipe that the entire family will enjoy and a great way to get family members to eat their broccoli! 

broccoli parmesan


1 head of broccoli cut into flowerettes
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tomato chopped
1/4 cup of vegetable broth
2 cups of marinara sauce ( gluten free) 
1 cup of parmesan cheese or ** Vegan Cheese
olive oil spray
optional: I cut some fresh basil and fresh cilantro from the garden and added in the last minute of cooking to allow it to just wilt- you could also add some pine nuts

Spray a 12 inch skillet with olive oil spray . Add garlic and broccoli and sautee for about 2 minutes then add tomatoes for another 2 minutes. Add vegetable broth and marinara sauce and allow to cook down on med-high until the liquid begins to cook off. Add Parmesan cheese and cover for about 2 minutes to finish cooking. While still in skillet, top with fresh chopped basil and allow to wilt.  Serve plain or over rice or quinoa.

My Notes: 
1. For a more substantial dish , serve it over rice, quinoa , or pasta
2. Vegans- leave off the cheese and its still delicious or substitute nutritional yeast for the cheese!


  1. Healthy, light yet packed full of flavours...I love veggies!

    1. I just wanted something fast, easy, simple, yet delicious! this was it!!

  2. Another delicious looking recipe, Judee. I love broccoli, so am happy to have found a new way in which to use it. Also, I LOVE that bowl!

    1. My favorite pasta bowl.. this time for a lower carb dish

  3. I had a similar experience with a similar dish as a result in an Italian restaurant when I requested a gluten-free meal several years ago, Judee. Lots of veggies with marinara and cheese. It was terrific as I'm sure that your dish is!


    1. Ooh! I love the idea of a variety of veggies- I choose broccoli in the restaurant because they offered a side of broccoli on the menu and I've learned that if I made too many special requests, they charge a fortune for a simple platter,

  4. Your Broccoli Parmesan will be a great skillet meal for the hot summer. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen


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