Creamy Broccoli & Bacon in a Garlic Parmesan sauce is a delicious broccoli recipe and side dish!
Pan fried broccoli and crispy bacon are baked in a cheesy creamy parmesan garlic sauce topped with bubbling mozzarella. Creamy Garlic Parmesan Broccoli is guaranteed to convert ANY non-vegetable lover to fall head over heels! And bonus? It’s Keto approved and low carb!
With the Brussels Sprouts version doing the rounds all over the place, a lot of readers have been writing in asking if they can change the sprouts to broccoli. The funny thing is, this is a recipe I grew up with and pretty much one of the only ways we loved broccoli.
She would make a white sauce from scratch with butter and flour, etc, but to keep us sane in a low carb world, I’ve altered the recipe slightly for gluten free and low carb followers. Also, this version is so much easier.
WHAT YOU NEED
This broccoli recipe has everything you love!
HOW TO COOK BROCCOLI
Fry the bacon in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat until crispy.
Use some of the bacon fat for added flavour to cook the onion.
Scrape up any browned bits leftover from the bacon and add the broccoli.
Sauté garlic with the broccoli for until fragrant.
Pour in the cream, add the bacon back in.
Top with the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and broil until cheese is bubbling and golden.
The way you cook your broccoli is a personal thing and this recipe is really forgiving in that way. Simmer it in the cream sauce for only 2-3 minutes before broiling in the oven. Remember, the longer you cook it, the softer it gets.
For softer broccoli, simmer for at least 6 minutes in the sauce before broiling. You can also cover with a lid for a minute or two to ensure softer broccoli pieces.
No flour or béchamel sauce needed. For readers using a reduced fat or light cream, you have the option to thicken the sauce with a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with water before adding into the sauce). However, if you use heavy cream you won’t need to thicken it. Just simmer it until reaching your desired thickness.
You can also swap out mozzarella cheese for other cheese. Some options include Provolone, White Cheddar, Gruyere, or even Swiss. A pimped out version of Broccoli Cheese Soup.
BROCCOLI RECIPE ON VIDEO!
Creamy Garlic Parmesan Broccoli & Bacon
(If sauce is too thin, stir in the cornstarch slurry to combine.)
*For softer broccoli, simmer for at least 5-6 minutes in the sauce before broiling. You can also cover with a lid for a minute or two to ensure softer broccoli pieces.