This easy, umami-rich recipe is a sure-fire way to get the broccoli haters in your life to eat this amazingly nutritious veggie. Roasting veggies brings out their natural sweetness, and broccoli is no exception.... The Parmesan cheese gives it a savory and salty flavor if you end up using it.
Cut about 1-inch off the stalk of the broccoli. Peel the rest of the stem and cut the through the broccoli lengthwise then roughly into wedges, so you have long broccoli spears (see Chef Tips).
Pour the olive oil into a large bowl. Add a little salt and pepper. Add the broccoli spears and toss to coat with olive oil, use your hands. Add the grated cheese and toss again, if using. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the broccoli with any remaining cheese left in the bowl.
Bake for 20 minutes until broccoli is golden and crispy around edges. Serve immediately.
Broccoli can come in all shapes and sizes, from relatively slender tufted stems, to sturdy plants that resemble miniature trees. When cutting the veggie into wedges to roast, bear this in mind. To cook evenly, the spears should be thin with only an inch or so of floret at the top, so cut them accordingly.