Creamy Roasted Broccoli

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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2 pounds fresh broccoli, florets removed, about 2 large bunches, divided

1/4 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons orange zest, plus juice from 1 large orange

Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Put 2/3 of the broccoli in a large bowl with the olive oil and orange juice; season with salt and pepper and toss well to coat. Transfer the broccoli to a large rimmed baking sheet in 1 layer and roast until just tender with golden brown edges, approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, pour the cream into a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, add the remaining broccoli, garlic, and orange zest and bring to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat. Cook until the cream has reduced to half its original volume and the broccoli is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  4. With a hand-held immersion blender, potato masher, or food processor, blend or pulse the cream and broccoli mixture until coarsely blended and still a bit chunky. Gently fold in the roasted broccoli; taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve warm.
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