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

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2011


Recipe Summary

20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Trim 1/2 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.

  • Meanwhile, whisk flour and 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl until smooth. Heat the remaining 3/4 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 Facts

94 calories; protein 7.1g; carbohydrates 10.6g; dietary fiber 1.9g; sugars 4.2g; fat 3.1g; saturated fat 1.6g; cholesterol 9.8mg; vitamin a iu 653.3IU; vitamin c 61.7mg; folate 52.9mcg; calcium 193.1mg; iron 0.7mg; magnesium 25.2mg; potassium 334.3mg; sodium 374.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

Reviews (6)

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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I expected this to be saltier than it turned out. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Did what another reviewer did and substituted the non-fat milk with milk and heavy whipping cream. My husband and I both liked it - spruced up our leftover broccoli nicely. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More