Broccoli with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Broccoli with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2011

Topping steamed broccoli with a good-for-you cheese sauce is an easy way to entice picky eaters to eat their veggies.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 pound broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup nonfat milk, divided
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of ground white pepper
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)


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  1. Trim ½ inch off broccoli stalks; remove the tough outer layer with a vegetable peeler. Cut the broccoli lengthwise so the florets attached to the long stalks are 1 to 2 inches wide. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a Dutch oven fitted with a steamer basket. Steam the broccoli until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk flour and ¼ cup milk in a small bowl until smooth. Heat the remaining ¾ cup milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming. Whisk in the flour mixture; cook, whisking, until thickened, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat; add cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg (if using). Drizzle over the broccoli. Serve warm.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 94 calories; 3 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 11 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 53 mcg folate; 10 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 653 IU vitamin A; 62 mg vitamin C; 193 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 374 mg sodium; 334 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (103% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat

Reviews 5

August 23, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
I expected this to be saltier than it turned out.
September 01, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Flavorful and Elegant I have to admit I modified this using 1/4 cup milk and 3/4 cup heavy cream rather than the nonfat milk. Also added a dash of sherry. Even though this was perhaps not as healthy as the original we just lightly drizzled the sauce on the crisp steamed broccoli for a beautiful presentation rather than drenching it in the sauce so less sauce was necessary. Pros: Easy to prepare, different
February 04, 2012
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By: kristen.kichelle
Ok, I'll make it again. This took just a few minutes to make and it was good, but not anything I see myself craving again in the near future. This is also wasn't satisfying as a stand alone meal. I think it would be better as a side, with maybe fish or baked chicken.
January 18, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Very nice I loved this recipe, I never really had broccoli before other than in salad. Healthy, delicious and filling, I had it as a stand alone dish for dinner, yumm.
February 04, 2011
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By: terri
Excellent for reluctant broccoli eaters My husband and I love broccoli on salads and in pasta but have a hard time enjoying it as a stand-alone side. This recipe was great! It is easy and pretty and made broccoli a tasty side dish. Pros: easy, pretty, healthy
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