Roasted Broccoli and White Beans

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

This is one of those recipes built out of necessity. As in, I need something healthy to put an egg on top of for breakfast/lunch/dinner and don’t want to do that much work. Also, I’m not eating bread right now (IS LIFE EVEN WORTH LIVING??!) and I’m trying to figure out what to eat for breakfast other than my usual egg + toast situation.

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

I believe that:

Restriction breeds creativity.

And here we are!

I had this recipe clipped from Bon Appetit hoping to make it one day. The only problem is, soaking beans overnight and cooking them in advance isn’t my kind of prep. Although I know I am definitely capable of making beans from scratch, I’m lazy and I’m bound to change my mind about wanting beans the next day.

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

I tried my own take on the recipe with canned beans and I really enjoyed it. When you used canned beans, they can break up on the roasting pan, turning crispy and crunchy in some parts. I find them to be a nice creamy contrast with the roasted broccoli, the hit of lemon juice and a nice bite of Parmesan cheese. I’m sure if I was given the opportunity, I’d eat this entire tray while sitting on the couch watching something on Netflix.

As you can see from the shot above, I decided to put an egg on it, and all was right with the world.

Ingredients are gathered:

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

We are going to toss things in this garlic red pepper oil combo.

I think next time I make this, I’ll try adding anchovies and pine nuts because I’m sure that’s what my grandmother would have done.

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

Let’s get our cheese ready. It will come in handy later.

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

Toss in the oil. Be gentle with the beans.

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

Place broccoli + beans on the baking sheet. I put some lemon slices on there because why not??

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

ROAST!! Look at the crispy bean bits.

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

Put a heavy helping of Parmesan cheese on top. Pop it in the broiler.

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

Hit with lemon juice.  The beans and the broccoli absorb it fast, making them both super flavorful.

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

Serve it up!


Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

Top with Parmesan, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

Heck, put an egg on top!!

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on!

This is my new favorite meal for myself. Hope you find joy in its simplicity too.


Roasted Broccoli and White Beans

serves 2-3

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for pan
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4-5 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 15 oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • a heavy pinch red pepper flakes
  • juice of 1 lemon, plus a few slices to roast
  • kosher salt + fresh cracked pepper
  • freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400F.

Drizzle a baking sheet lightly with olive oil, set aside.

Mix olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Toss broccoli in garlic oil mixture to coat, followed by white beans (be careful not break up white beans with heavy handling). Place mixture on prepared baking sheet, nestling a few lemon slices in the mix. Season with salt & fresh cracked pepper and roast in oven, tossing occasionally for about 15-20 minutes. When beans and broccoli begin to char, top with a heavy dose of Parmesan cheese, turn the oven to BROIL and cook for 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted and starting to bubble.

Remove from oven, squeeze fresh lemon on top to taste. Serve with grated Parmesan and a poached egg if you fancy.

  • Amanda

    What kind of beans did you use? Navy beans?

    I’m going to pin this on my “Yummy things that my husband won’t eat” board so I can make it when he’s out of town next! This is totally my kind of meal, but he’d look at me like I have two heads if I tried serving this to him. haha

  • andrea

    I am suuuuuper into this recipe.

  • Ronni

    Crispy bean bits! I definitely need this recipe in my life. I think I’ll roast some sausages along with the broccoli and beans and call it dinner.

  • Mary

    When I first looked at this picture, I thought ‘ho hum’. But then I read the recipe and found out about beans going crusty and garlicy oil. Well, I think it sounds darn nice, so it’s on for dinner tonight. Thankyou very much!!

  • Meagen

    My husband and I are going vegetarian for lent and I was at a total loss for dinner tonight…UNTIL I saw your IG story! Can’t wait to try this tonight with some brown rice. Thank you!

  • Rose

    Looks SOOO GOOD!!! My kinda meal!

  • Nicole

    Yes!!! I will be making this for myself ASAP. Also I am never coordinated enough to remember to soak beans but I’ve been making them in the Instant Pot with no pre-soaking and they come out great! (Just an FYI 😉 )

  • Emily

    I always struggle to come up with new savory breakfast solutions and this looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Kate

    Do you think the leftovers would be good minus the egg of course? I’m thinking this would make a great lunch for work!

  • Karen

    This was delicious and multi purpose. My hubby is going through some dental work and eating pureed food. I took half of the cooked broccoli and beans (I used canned cannellini beans) and pureed it with home made chicken stock for him and had my half with grilled Italian sausage. Both were yummy and it was nice only cooking one meal. Next time I’ll try it with the poached egg.

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  • Sophia

    I always roast veggies before I add beans and cheese, but roast everything, brilliant!

  • bonnie

    You are a genius. Alert the media.

  • Pan

    You speak to my heart with this recipe. Thanks for a beautiful website and a recipe

  • Kelly

    I made this a couple nights ago for dinner and have been thinking about it ever since. It was so good! I make roasted broccoli often, but adding the beans is genius!

  • Byanca

    I just made this tonight for tomorrow’s lunch and it is taking all my willpower not to eat it all immediatly!! It’s SO good!

  • Sina

    Thank you for this recipe – it’s genius! I made it today and we loved it! 🙂
    And I’m with you on the “how would I know if I’m in the mood for beans tomorrow?!” situation. So, definitely cans for me too.
    Also, I think next time I’ll add zest from the lemon to the garlic-oil-red pepper-mixture to further enhance the citrus flavour.

  • Belen

    This was DELICIOUS. We made it last night. It was perfect.

  • Monique

    I love the taste of home cooked beans over canned. I cook a big pot and then fill and freeze can sized portions in sandwich bags ( and then put in gallon freezer bags). I can then just whip out a bag when needed. If you are using for soup or something similar you don’t even have to defrost.

  • Kendra

    This was SO good Tracy!! Made for dinner last night and served with garlic bread (did not have an egg, but I can see how that would be a tasty addition!) . Reheated the leaftovers for lunch and it was still yummy. Thanks for the simple, delish recipe!

  • Michael Chommie

    Ciao from Rome!
    Made this last night—added the pine nuts & anchovies per your grandmother. Goodness it was good!!! And what a bonus of a breakfast this morning!

    Long life to you and shutterbean!

    Michael & Dora

  • Lynne

    Gruezi from Switzerland!

    I’ve made this recipe a couple of times already. It is such a keeper! I went with your suggestion and added pine nuts, Skipped the anchovies because the shops were closed and there were none in my pantry.

    It was FANTASTIC with a fried egg and just as good with a burrata. Thank you so much for posting this!

    We lived in the Bay area for 15 years before moving overseas (and still have a house in the East Bay). Your website is perfect for those times for when I’m missing my California life, especially your photos.

    Warmest regards

  • Emily of The Three Bite Rule

    I loooove this. The simplicity hits home for me and I cannot get over that I’ve never roasted beans. I also love that soaking beans is a lot, because, it is!

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  • Meg

    You know it’s nearly winter in Adelaide- this baby is going to save my life, it looks AMAZING, thank you. Can’t wait to try!

  • MeredithM

    I loved this dish and love the taste of anchovies but have never cooked with them. When/where/how would you add them to this dish?

  • Heather

    I just started cutting meat out of my diet, so I’ve been looking for recipes with beans, etc. This recipe was so tasty, all the components were there. Delicious!

  • Lucia Anne

    Hi! This recipe looks great! Do you think subbing frozen broccoli would be okay? Fresh is so much more expensive and my budget is tight but I don’t want to ruin the meal!

  • Alexis

    Tried this tonight and it was delicious!! Me, husband, and 1 year old loved it. Picky 4 year old enjoyed the egg and broccoli and passed on the beans. This is definitely getting added to my rotation. Thanks!

  • Cindy

    You had me at ” crusty bean bits”! Looks delish…can’t wait to try this!

  • Kris

    looks very appetizing, a good dish especially for vegans

  • Parker

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m also taking a break from bread (somehow getting through each day, but it’s tough). This dish is perfect for any time of day and definitely perfect with a side of Netflix. Happy Holidays!

  • prasanjit

    look like a Crispy and spicy, tasty recipe maybe. thanks for sharing.

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  • Susan

    Made this tonight with tofu Italian sausage instead of the egg. Really liked the texture of the white beans – my husband said they were like little gnocchis.

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    I love that there isn’t a specific amount of cheese in the recipe so have to feel judged for me crazy cheese intake, thanks for that! lololol

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  • Eleni

    I just made this tonight for meal prep and stole a couple of stray beans off the pan to taste test… sooo good! I can’t wait for supper tomorrow to devour this!

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  • Jenna

    Just made this, it’s so good! I added some hummus to the side of mine as well

  • Irene

    Thanks for sharing

  • Caroline

    Anyone tried this with chickpeas? I have a bunch I need to use

  • Tracey

    Wow!! That was sooo good, thank you. Always looking for hearty healthy vego meals. I just added some finely chopped spring onion right at the end before serving, and also served it on a small bed of fresh rocket. Mega delicious!

  • Leah

    DO you think you could use Cauliflower instead of broccoli?

  • Paula Esterline

    This is absolute perfection! And also known as a permanent rotation in my meals!

  • Kisty Fairchild

    Made this today and it was incredible! I added bits of cooked bacon to my husband’s portion and he LOVED it. The creamy white beans made this dish Thanks! Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Jane

    Made this for dinner last night. Yum! There was enough for lunch leftovers today. Easy and delicious!

  • Best Photo Editing

    Really amazing delicious food! I love this good share & thanks you so much.

  • Richelle

    My partner and I made this over the weekend for a brunch meal. Simple and delicious. We loved that it wasn’t too much to prep and it was a healthy meal.

  • Abbey Ross

    This is hands-down one of my top 10 favorite meals, especially with a poached egg (or two) on top. So good!!!!

  • Marie

    Made this tonight with chickpeas- so good!

  • Amy

    How many calories per serving?
    This is so delicious and simple.
    I will make it again and again!

    • Tracy

      I’m not sure, but I’m sure you can calculate it online with a calorie calculator.

  • Suzanne

    This looks so good! What a perfect combination of fresh and filling flavors!

  • Vanessa

    Thanks for sharing! Does it reheat well?

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    Your article looks very appetizing, a good dish especially for vegans

  • Adrian

    This is such an easy, flavorful meal. I made it for dinner tonight, looking forward to the leftover portion for breakfast tomorrow,

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    I make this and put it on a plate with burrata and some baguette slices. So good!

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  • Jackie

    This was wonderful! I’m late to the roasted broccoli game, having only done it one previous time. This was a great combination of flavors with primarily pantry staples. It made for a great couple of lunches and got me out of my sandwich rut. The only thing I tweaked was I added a couple splashes of fish sauce to the olive oil mixture in lieu of anchovies for some extra goodness.

  • Heather

    The hubby says “that was stupid good”. Did like you said and mashed some anchovies with the garlic and a handful of pine nuts and it was heaven. That’s going on heavy rotation in our house. Thanks

  • Trish

    Just found this recipe and wow so glad i did! It’s delicious! I forgot to buy parmesean so i sprinkled a couple tblsp of panko over top for crunch before i broiled it all. Delicious! The roasted lemon is truly the secret ingredient.

    I made this for a bigger dinner and served mahi mahi with it. Seriously one of the best recipes I’ve found! Thank you for sharing!

  • Debbie

    would I be able to use frozen broccoli in a pinch (cook from frozen and same temperature and time?)

    Thank you.

  • Beth Fraser

    I have this with hummus, hot sauce and pitta breads for a delicious dinner or lunch. So good!

  • Jane

    This is hands down one of my favorite meals! We are trying to eat less meat, and this is so satisfying and delicious. I top it with a couple eggs (runny yokes!) and we have it for dinner on a regular basis. I made it a few weeks ago and was craving it again, so it’s on the menu tonight!

  • Charity MacPherson

    i’ve made this numerous times and love it. I have some black eyed peas in the freezer, has anyone used those instead of cannellini?

  • Shannon

    Oh my goodness I just made this. Added sliced onion. Swapped egg for prosciutto. Insert Chef Kiss emoji here. This is now on heavy rotation for lunch!

  • Samantha Dutson

    Made this tonight n added grilled hamburger patty on top! So good! Also see how this wld be good with conecuh sausage or even grilled salmon or talipia! Ty for recipe it’s deff multi functional n a keeper!

  • niki

    This had potential, but I should have listened to my gut and put the beans in after the broccoli was mostly done. We ended up with dry, busted up beans.

    • Tracy

      Sorry it didn’t work out for you. I hope you try again and put the beans in later.

  • Chris

    Do you have nutritional values? I made this and it was do this every day. Which got me to thinking… It’s probably is not that healthy. Lol. Nothing healthy tastes good.!

  • Chris

    I’m not sure why it cut off part of my response…
    It was phenomenal! I could eat this every day!

  • Mia

    I’ve tried making this many times and for some reason my beans always come out dry and chalky. Do you have any recommendations?

    Besides the dry beans, I love the flavor combinations!!! Super yummy!

  • Emily

    I’ve made this at least 4 times now and it’s quickly become one of my favorites. Simple, made from things I almost always have on hand, and healthy.

  • Danloe

    Wow, this dish looks absolutely mouthwatering! Roasted broccoli and white beans make such a fantastic combination of flavors and textures. The crispy edges of the roasted broccoli paired with the creamy white beans must create an incredible contrast. I can almost imagine the nutty aroma filling the kitchen while preparing this deliciousness. Definitely adding this recipe to my must-try list! Thanks for sharing this amazing inspiration!

  • Julianne Ramirez

    I added 1/8 cup pepitas & 2 T so nutritional yeast 🙂 & subbed park for 1/4 cup vegan parm.

    Calculated nutritional info for this if it helps anyone:

    Per serving: (4servings per batch)

    262 cal 98g carbs 14g fat 10g protein

  • Will Johnson

    I was skeptical at first, but I loved it!

    I made a few additions to it that really gave it more weight for those looking to make the meal hit a little harder.

    In a skillet, saute…
    – a little olive oil
    – 2 diced shallots
    – 1 cup baby spinach
    – 1 clove garlic, diced
    – same spices you put in the oven mix

    Medium heat, stir frequently until everything is nice and soft, then add the seasoning. Serve at the bottom of your plate underneath the broccoli+beans mix.

    This gives you something to do while you’re waiting for the oven to finish, adds a nice moist texture as a base, and makes the whole meal a bit more filling. I’m not even craving dessert after this right now, and for me that’s saying a lot!

  • Chasady Wudkwych

    This was absolutely delicious! I added the egg and sautéed onions on it as well.

  • Julia

    Can you prepare this in advance? I would like to take it for lunch for work

  • Deb

    I am about to make this for the second time in 3 weeks! It’s delicious! The last time, I chopped anchovies, spread them on a baking pan, and baked them for about 4 minutes at the same temp as the rest of the dish. I did it separately, as my hubby is not an anchovy fan! It was delicious! Definitely doing that again!

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