This Is How You Should Cook Broccoli

This veggie deserves more than just time on your sheet pan.

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Yes, roasted broccoli is amazing. It requires little more than a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and you can pair it with just about any main. But if you only relegate those crowns to the sheet pan, you're missing out on some of our favorite top-rated ways to rock out with broccoli. Here are a few great ways to side step the roasting.

Broccoli and Bow Ties (pictured above)

You're only 23 minutes away from serving up bowls of Ina Garten's lemony pasta. Simply cook the florets for about three minutes in boiling water, then set them aside and cook the pasta in the same water. How easy is that?

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Imagine the broccoli with cheese sauce you loved as a kid all grown up. Fold cooked orzo and crisp-tender blanched broccoli together with melted Havarti and Parmesan, then top with more cheese and panko before baking. Being an adult has never tasted so good.

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Soup in a bread bowl topped with various shredds of cheese

You do not need to go out to score a comforting bowl of restaurant-quality soup. Pureeing your own rich and creamy concoction at home is actually quite simple — all you need is a blender!

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Make stir-fry a recurring dish on your weekly menu (and I don't mean by ordering takeout!). Cook the broccoli stems in a large skillet heated with vegetable oil for just seconds, then season with garlic and ginger and add the florets to the mix. This ensures all your broccoli bites will be evenly cooked and nothing will go to waste.

Katie Lee makes a Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash Boat, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Sink your fork into blanched broccoli, soft strands of spaghetti squash, juicy chicken breasts, and cheese, cheese and more cheese! Katie Lee's fans call this "rich, tasty and very satisfying," and we couldn't agree more.

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