These Crazy-Delicious Recipes Will Make You Crave (Yes, Crave) Broccoli

Updated 05/17/19

 The First Mess

Broccoli is a polarizing food—you either love it or you hate it. That said, we here at MyDomaine think the controversial superfood gets unfair criticism for being bitter, mushy, and sulfur-like. If you're an adamant broccoli hater, hopefully, you haven't stopped reading this article just yet because we're willing to bet one of these crazy-delicious recipes will change your mind about the cruciferous vegetable once and for all.

To make a compelling case for the most contentious veggie in the produce aisle, we turned to some of our favorite foodies to source recipes that showcase the brassica in all its glory. From broccoli pesto with whipped ricotta to charred broccoli with ginger sesame sauce, these are hands down the best broccoli recipes you could add to your rotation—especially if you're not a fan. Ready to become a convert? Keep scrolling for bookmark-worthy broccoli recipes.

One-Ingredient Broccoli Soup

Healthy One-Ingredient Broccoli Soup
Broma Bakery

The Recipe: As the recipe name promises, only one ingredient makes up this healthy broccoli soup. (Yes, really). All you have to do is boil broccoli and then puree it with a bit of the water you boiled it in to create the surprisingly creamy soup.

The Pro Tip: "Whip this up for an easy lunch or top it with some roasted broccolini and a drizzle of high-quality olive oil for a show-stopping first course at a dinner party," suggests recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery.

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Broccoli Pesto Pasta With Whipped Ricotta

Broccoli Pesto Pasta With Whipped Ricotta
 Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: Blend raw broccoli, fresh basil, and salty parmesan to make the pesto in this broccoli pesto pasta with whipped ricotta. The best part? The entire dish is ready in just 30 minutes, making it a quick and easy (not to mention, semi-healthy) weeknight dinner.

The Pro Tip: Use raw broccoli. "Since we're tossing the pesto with HOT pasta, the raw broccoli immediately begins to cook," points our recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "The heat from the pasta creates perfectly steamed broccoli without turning it to mush."

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Whole Wheat Lemon Roasted Broccoli Pizza

Whole wheat lemon roasted broccoli pizza
 Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: In addition to roasted broccoli, this whole wheat lemon roasted broccoli pizza is loaded with produce, like basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and topped with microgreens. A hearty, whole-wheat crust stands up surprisingly well under all the toppings.

The Pro Tip: "I like to make my dough a few days in advance (say, on Sunday for meal prep, because pizza should always be in your meal plan) to allow the flavors to really develop," offers recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.

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Charred Broccoli With Ginger Sesame Sauce

Charred Broccoli With Ginger Sesame Sauce
 The First Mess

The Recipe: Drizzled with a salty, tangy, slightly sweet ginger sesame sauce, this charred broccoli is a side dish that's poised to upstage the main. Requiring only 15 minutes to whip up, it's about to become a go-to recipe in your weekly rotation.

The Pro Tip: "If you want to turn this into a main, you could throw some cubed firm tofu or chickpeas in with the broccoli as it chars, tumble all of that goodness on top of some brown rice or quinoa, and then smother it in the sauce and a handful of sesame seeds," advises Laura of The First Mess.

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Broccoli Cheddar Melts

Broccoli Cheddar Melts
 Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: A classic flavor combination achieves a new level of deliciousness in these broccoli cheddar melts. The trick is seasoning the broccoli with garlic powder, fresh chives, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes, before adding the sharp cheddar and provolone cheeses.

The Pro Tip: For optimal result, recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest says picking the perfect bread is the key. "Normally with grilled cheese type sandwiches, I'm all about a good white bread that's softer, but this sandwich is different. I love the heartier bread with the extra cheesy broccoli."

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Salt-Baked Potatoes With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Broccoli

Salt-Baked Potatoes With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Broccoli
 The First Mess

The Recipe: When you're craving something starchy, delicious, and somewhat healthy, the recipe for these salt-baked potatoes with roasted red pepper sauce and broccoli checks all the boxes.

The Pro Tip: "This is highly make-ahead friendly," explains recipe creator Laura of The First Mess. "The sauce will keep in the fridge for about a week. If you pre-cut your broccoli florets at the beginning of the week, this recipe just needs some oven time, a little steam on the broccoli, and a re-heat of the sauce."

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Roast Broccoli and Freekeh Salad

Roast Broccoli and Freekeh Salad
Stuck in the Kitchen

The Recipe: Boasting cooked grains and plenty of leafy greens, this roast broccoli and freekeh salad is satisfying enough to eat as a main all on its own. However, it also pairs well with nearly any proteins, from roast chicken to seared flank steak.

The Pro Tip: "For the salad dressing, put the lemon juice, olive oil, and honey in a lidded container," notes recipe creator Sarah of Stuck in the Kitchen. Then "add the currants, shake to combine and leave for half an hour (for currants to plump up a little)."

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