Broccoli with Caramelized Onions and Pine Nuts

November 11, 2010 | By andrea | Filed in: Quick Cooking, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

I love broccoli but sometimes I want to serve something a little fancier than the plain ol’ steamed version. This recipe takes only a few minutes to prepare and makes a nice side dish to many other meals. I served it most recently with Really Good Lasagna.

This recipe is good as is but sometimes I add in a pinch or two of crushed red chili pepper flakes for a little kick. To keep the broccoli bright green, serve it right after cooking. Enjoy!

Broccoli with Caramelized Onions and Pine Nuts
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Broccoli’s impressive nutritional profile (think folate, vitamins C and A, fiber, phytochemicals) puts it high on the list of foods to eat more of, an inviting task when you toss it with crunchy pine nuts, soft, sweet onions and tangy balsamic vinegar.

 Serves: 4 servings, 3/4 cup each.

3 tablespoons pine nuts or chopped slivered almonds
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
4 cups broccoli florets
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Toast pine nuts (or almonds) in a medium dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.

Add oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add onion and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, adjusting heat as necessary, until soft and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, steam broccoli until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the nuts, onion, vinegar and pepper; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

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4 comments on “Broccoli with Caramelized Onions and Pine Nuts

  1. I was a lucky recipient of this yummy side dish. But what the reader really wants to know is what your son thinks??

  2. This looks great. I have been looking for new ways to incorporate broccoli and just read about how pine nuts make you feel fuller (more so than other nuts). Great combo, look forward to trying it!