Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese

By Maria Lichty

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Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese Sandwich-the best way to eat your broccoli! 

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It’s a cheesy week on Two Peas and Their Pod! On Monday, we shared a sweet grilled cheese recipe, Pumpkin, Chocolate, and Brie Grilled Cheese. Today we are sharing a savory grilled cheese sandwich, Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for a cheesy ride!


This recipe comes from the cookbook, Bountiful, written and photographed by our dear friends Todd Porter and Diane Cu (White on Rice Couple). The cookbook is more than just a book. It is a work of art and a labor of love. The book is filled with 100 recipes inspired from Todd and Diane’s amazing garden. The recipes are fresh, seasonal and simple. We’ve already bookmarked just about every recipe…and Caleb keeps trying to eat the galette on the cover. I guess we better make that recipe next!

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When I saw Todd and Diane’s recipe for a Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese in their new book, Bountiful, I knew I had to make them for my guys. Caleb asks for grilled cheese sandwiches on a regular basis…and so does Josh. I always try to make a salad or vegetable to go on the side, but I don’t have to with this grilled cheese. Putting veggies inside of the sandwich is genius!

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Roasted broccoli is so simple to make and brings out the best in broccoli. I could easily eat an entire pan by myself, but I refrained so I could make our sandwiches.

Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese Recipe on A GREAT way to eat your broccoli!

You can’t go wrong with the broccoli and cheddar combination. It is a classic! Grilled buttered bread, melted cheese, and crisp roasted broccoli-now that’s a sandwich! My guys didn’t even complain about eating their veggies!

Next time you are in the mood for a grilled cheese sandwich, give this Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese a try! It’s great for lunch or dinner!

Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese Recipe on My favorite way to eat broccoli!

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Roasted Broccoli and Grilled Cheese Melt

Grilled cheese with roasted broccoli-the best way to eat broccoli! This easy sandwich is great for lunch or dinner!
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  • Florets from 1 medium head broccoli about ½ pound, chopped small
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • Unsalted butter softened
  • 6 to 8 slices bread
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded or thinly sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • On a sheet pan, mix the broccoli, oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the broccoli is evenly roasted but not burnt. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Spread butter evenly on one side of each slice of bread. Dividing the ingredients evenly, layer cheese on the unbuttered side of half of the bread slices, then add chopped broccoli in the middle and more cheese on top so that the broccoli lies between two layers of cheese. This keeps the small pieces of broccoli from falling out as the cheese melts. Top each with another slice of bread, butter side out.
  • "Grill" in the skillet, turning sandwiches over once, until the cheese melts and the bread is evenly toasted.
  • Note-for gluten-free use gluten-free bread.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. What a great idea to roast the broccoli prior to making a grilled broccoli and cheese.
    I know my daughter would be totally down with this. Thanks!

  2. I love roasted veggies and I love grilled cheese sandwiches. Put the two together – heaven! Excited to get a new cookbook.

  3. Broccoli and grilled cheese is such a genius combination! I bet it pairs perfectly with a nice, hot bowl of soup!

  4. I just made this but I sprinkled mine with salt and cayenne, OMG it was amazing. I’m ashamed to say I have never tried roasted broccoli but after this it will definitely be my go to method.

  5. Yum!! I LOVE grilled cheese, and love the idea of adding broccoli to it!! Great way to get some of your greens in a day! Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book…it seems fantastic!!

  6. I love grilled cheese! this is such an awesome spin on it! especially since broccoli is one of my favorite veggies!

  7. I’m always looking for new quick but healthy weeknight dinners….this one makes the grade; quick, delicious, family pleaser, and it’s healthy and beautiful!

  8. So I am a big fan of food. Who isn’t? In addition to eating food I like to cook food, think about food and read about food (especially if there are photos). Who doesn’t like a storybook with pictures? And when you combine all of these things with broccoli, cheese and a cold fall day you really cannot go wrong.

    Your recipes are so ‘real’ and if that doesn’t make sense, take a look at any fast food or even slow food restaurant or most tables across North America. As much fun as it can be to invent, go a little crazy and try to find any way possible to eat horrible-for-us things, it’s also nice to be really basic. And how much more basic can you get than broccoli, cheese and bread. The three staples of my house if I could choose.

    Broccoli has always been my favourite – I don’t exactly know what it is that drew me to the colour green and the oft-hated vegetable but they’re my solids. I even carried a bouquet of broccoli down the aisle at my Thanksgiving (Canadian) wedding last fall. It was fitting, it smelled better than any flower I know of and it got made into soup two days later and was just as delicious as anything else I could have imagined eating.

    So all of this to say, thanks for this fabulous recipe and for loving real food. I’ve made so many of your dishes (also a huge fan of the Quinoa Vegetarian Chili) and I hope to keep up with you as much as possible over the next few years and I potentially start my own family and an adventure in motherhood, cooking for kids and keeping my husband guessing with good smells and full bowls in the kitchen. Keep writing, keep cooking and keep loving the real food!

  9. I’m a Peace Corps volunteer living in a place with no cheese, or broccoli, or much bread…things that I miss a LOT! Stupid me got on the pinterest food section and saw this – I wanted to cry! It looks fantastic!! I will definitely be making this ASAP as soon as I’m stateside again!

  10. Had this for lunch and yum! Roasted cauliflower w/the broccoli and brushed olive oil on rosemary bread instead of using butter. Used good Irish cheddar and all together this was delicious!!

  11. Delicious! Just cooked this up and am enjoying every last bit of it with a mayo/ketchup dip! Thank you for yet another recipe with yummy broccoli. Also, added a dash of chili salt, SO GOOD!

  12. I make roasted broccoli all the time and have leftovers. I am always trying to think of something to do with it other than just warming it up for lunch. And…. since my husband’s favorite omelet for a brunch out is ham, broccoli and cheddar, I think I may try this and add a slice of Honey Baked Ham to the sandwich as a surprise for him. Add this to a bowl of tomato soup and he will be in heaven! Thanks for the great idea and recipe.

  13. 5 stars
    This was a big hit in my home the other night; even my brother who won’t touch a vegetable with a ten foot pole devoured this grilled cheese. We paired it with the Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup and it married beautifully! Thanks for two great recipes 🙂

  14. 4 stars
    Great Recipe I have noted all in my diary I’ll use your all tips as you mentioned I really like your article. Keep sharing like this…

  15. 5 stars
    Yum! I have made this a few times this week for our lunch! A great way to squeeze in vegetables for the babies!!

  16. 5 stars
    Great lunch for a cold day. We had broccoli to use up and barely enough cheese, but we pulled it off. My daughter and I both enjoyed it. I love roasted veggies!

  17. You are aware that cheese isn’t vegetarian, it has rennet in it which is stomach of veal.. so like meat

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