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Quick-Braised Broccoli with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

This simple dish makes a satisfying weeknight supper when served over brown rice or quinoa. Sautéing the broccoli before steaming it helps caramelize its natural sugars and gives it a fuller, richer flavor.



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2 Tbs. pine nuts
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1 ½ Tbs. vegetable oil
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2 large heads broccoli (1 lb.), cut into small florets
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¼ cup crumbled goat cheese (2 oz.)
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¼ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and sliced
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2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar


1. Toast pine nuts in dry skillet over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to large bowl.

2. Heat oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add broccoli, and cook 2 minutes, or until florets are evenly coated with oil and beginning to soften and brown, stirring constantly. Carefully add 1/3 cup water; cover tightly with lid. Steam broccoli 4 minutes, or until water has evaporated and broccoli is tender.

3. Transfer broccoli to bowl with toasted pine nuts, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Sprinkle goat cheese over broccoli, and stir in sun-dried tomatoes. Drizzle vinegar over top, and serve warm.

Nutrition Information: 

5 g
Total Fat: 
8 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
7 g
4 mg
74 mg
3 g
0 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

absolutely delicious and super easy, came together in about 15 min. i like that its such a blueprint for any other vegetable or grain, but this recipe made as directed was very flavorful

This was pretty fantastic for a quick dish. I didn't have pine nuts on hand so I dry- toasted some hemp seeds instead. I served this over pearl barley and baby spinach for lunch. Yum!

I really liked this recipe at first, but then I started to experiment with it. I replaced the goat cheese with slices of Field Roasts' Italian flavored veggie sausage. My boyfriend and I like it even better this way, and I usually make this about 2x a month.

This is one of my favorite VT recipes. I serve it on top of a wild rice blend for a heartier meal and so we have leftovers for the next day's lunch.

I'm sitting here enjoying a bowl now; I made it exactly as the recipe stated. It's terrific.

This was tasty! Going off of the suggestion here, we used the Trader Joe's Veggie Andouille sausage instead of goat's cheese, and, having unexpectedly run out of pine nuts, threw in some peanuts, which were surprisingly fine. We served it over pearl barley, which was a great accompaniment. Will make again--a solid weekday meal.

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I make this all the time. Easy, full of nutrients, and absolutely delicious!

Just made this tonight for the first time. I too added Field Roasts' sausage in place of the cheese. I also added some fresh basil for an extra punch. Delightful I must say. Served over quinoa. So easy. This is a keeper.

i've made this lots of times from the recipe and just left off the cheese. it's great on it's own as a light lunch. tonight i didn't have any pine nuts. i threw in some chopped artichoke hearts and put the whole thing over penne. it was delicious.

Nice and quick recipe yet very colorful as well as tasty. It was a very clever blend of flavors with the sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese and toasted pine nuts. I added a sliced onion.The balsamic vinegar gave it just the right touch. Excellent recipe

Very good recipe. I used a mixture of pepper, salt, and garlic powder to season the broccoli just before I browned it. I also added lemon zest and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. It was quite tasty over jasmine rice. I will definitely be making this again.

Is goat cheese the same as feta cheese?

Good broccoli recipe

No, goat cheese and feta cheese are two different cheeses.