Parmesan-Roasted Fresh Broccoli

My favorite method of cooking broccoli, bar none!

Parmesan-Roasted Fresh Broccoli

1 pound (about 1 large head) broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces 
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Garlic powder
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (or more)
Lemon zest from one lemon
Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper to aid clean-up.

Microwave the broccoli florets for 2-1/2 minutes to “parboil.”

Toss the broccoli with the oil until all of the florets are lightly coated. Arrange them in an even layer across the prepared pan, then lightly sprinkle with salt and garlic powder.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Turn the browned sides over. Sprinkle the Parmesan, then bake for 10 more minutes, until  the Parmesan is golden and bubbly.

Sprinkle lemon zest and red pepper flakes (if using).