If you've never eaten truly fresh, home-grown broccoli now is the time! It is a treat beyond what you can imagine. Our asparagus grower, Clark Blackwell, is growing broccoli ~ its big and beautiful and worthy of this fantastic recipe. Who knew broccoli could be so good?! Enjoy! Courtesy of the Barefoot Contessa. PS - I cut the recipe in half when preparing as the cook's note mentions.
Cut the broccoli florets from the thick stalks, leaving an inch or two of stalk attached to the florets, discarding the rest of the stalks. Cut the larger pieces through the base of the head with a small knife, pulling the florets apart. You should have about 8 cups of florets. Place the broccoli florets on a sheet pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Toss the garlic on the broccoli and drizzle with 5 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until crisp-tender and the tips of some of the florets are browned.
Remove the broccoli from the oven and immediately toss with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, the lemon zest, lemon juice, pine nuts, Parmesan, and basil. Serve hot.