Oven-Roasted Broccolini

oven roasted broccolini

Oven-roasted broccolini is tender and sweeter than regular broccoli. Oven roasting broccolini results in a slightly crispy and tastier version of broccoli that helps you fulfill a portion of your daily requirements for greens.

According to Eater, “broccolini is actually a hybrid vegetable, a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli that was invented in 1993. It was first grown under the name “Asparation” because of its asparagus-flavor undertones, but then some genius was like “that is a truly horrible name for a vegetable” and decided to market it as “broccolini” in the United States instead. Broccolini/Asparation has a long, leggy stem, small florets, and small, if any, leaves, and is more tender and sweeter than either of its parents.

Broccoli’s origins can be traced back to Italy, more than 2,000 years ago. Broccolini is a much newer vegetable. Because of its resemblance to broccoli, many people assume it’s just a smaller version of the cruciferous vegetable. However, it’s actually a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli.

Broccoli is basically a large, edible flower. Its florets and stalk can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of dishes. Broccoli is a divisive vegetable—some people love it, while others think it tastes unpleasantly bitter.

The green cruciferous vegetable is often lauded as a superfood because of its high fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamin K and C content. Broccolini is slightly sweeter and could be compared to asparagus. Broccolini is high in fiber and vitamins C and A. Broccolini, especially oven roasted broccolini, may well win over the tastebuds of many a broccoli nay-sayer.

This simple oven-roasted broccolini recipe takes only 5 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook depending on how crunchy and toasted you like your veggies.

The broccolini is tossed with a little soy sauce and olive oil before roasting. Watch it carefully because you want to brown the broccolini, not burn it,  and that can happen quickly.  Serve immediately while still warm and crisp. Or just eat it for a snack like I  do!!

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