Cheesy Broccoli

Broccoli smothered in a Cheddar sauce makes an ideal baked potato topping, but we couldn't stop eating it as a side all on its own—so by all means.

Cheesy Broccoli
Photo: Eric Wolfinger
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 12 cups broccoli florets (about 1 1/2 pounds)

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups low-fat milk

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Add broccoli, cover and steam until tender, 6 to 10 minutes. Drain.

  2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add flour and whisk until combined with the butter, about 30 seconds. Slowly whisk in milk, mustard, salt and pepper. Cook, whisking frequently, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until smooth. Stir in the broccoli.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
9g Fat
10g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Vitamin A 3593IU 72%
Sodium 348mg 15%
Potassium 440mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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