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Summer Side Dish: Roasted Romanesco with Parmesan

Looking to shake up your summer side dish options? Try our Parmesan Roasted Romanesco! This dish combines the nutty, slightly sweet flavor of Romanesco with savory garlic, bright lemon, and rich Parmesan cheese, all roasted to perfection. It's a delicious and visually stunning addition to any meal, perfect for impressing guests at your next summer gathering.

Parmesan Roasted Romanesco


  • 1 large head of Romanesco, cut into florets

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • Optional: a pinch of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat


  1. Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).

  2. Prepare the Romanesco: In a large bowl, combine the Romanesco florets with the olive oil, minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. Toss until the florets are well coated.

  3. Roast the Romanesco: Spread the Romanesco florets in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the florets are tender and lightly browned.

  4. Add the Parmesan: Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese evenly over the roasted Romanesco. Return to the oven and roast for an additional 5 minutes, or until the Parmesan is melted and slightly golden.

  5. Finish and serve: Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and, if desired, a pinch of red pepper flakes. Serve warm.


This Parmesan Roasted Romanesco makes a perfect side dish for any meal, combining the unique flavor of Romanesco with savory garlic, bright lemon, and the delicious umami of Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


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