Margherita Style Charred Broccoli Slabs

Margherita Style Charred Broccoli Slabs

It’s here! Cookbook week! What’s cookbook week? It’s a week of celebrating my new cookbook,...

Margherita Style Charred Broccoli Slabs

It’s here! Cookbook week!

What’s cookbook week? It’s a week of celebrating my new cookbook, Inspiralized and Beyond, which publishes this Tuesday, May 1st!

How are we going to celebrate? With some great giveaways, new videos from the cookbook, recipe shares (like today!), and more! We’re starting with sharing a recipe from the new book! Let’s get into it…

Margherita Style Charred Broccoli Slabs

MOST IMPORTANTLY, if you haven’t pre-ordered yet, you can do so on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or iBooks, and then make sure to download your pre-order bonus packet, which includes the following:

  • 3 weeks of meal plans (all recipes are from the new book!)
    • Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Not-Vegan/Gluten-Free
    • Lunches for Monday through Friday
    • Dinners for Sunday through Friday
    • Shopping lists for each meal plan
    • Meal prep notes for those who want to meal prep the meal plan on Sunday
  • TWO brand new spiralized recipes not on the blog or in the cookbook
    • Sheetpan Shrimp Fajita Bowls with Quinoa and Avocado
    • Gluten-Free Chicken Tender Dinner with Spiralized Potatoes
  • A 15% off coupon code to use on the Inspiralizer Pro

Now that we got that promo out of the way, let’s talk about one of my favorite recipes in the book, which does NOT have a photo in it, and which is why I’m sharing it on the blog today: to show you guys that you NEED to make it!

Margherita Style Charred Broccoli Slabs

There are just so many amazing recipes in this book without photos, so when you leaf through your copy, don’t skip over the recipes without photos! You’ll be so pleasantly surprised! I also plan on cooking my way through the book with you all!

These broccoli slabs are insane. They have SO much flavor and are so filling (thanks to the hearty stems that are included in the ‘slab’.) If you’re vegan or dairy-free, you can omit the cheese and just use the marinara sauce (and maybe some vegan Parm or just a sprinkle of nutritional yeast!)

You can serve these as an appetizer, a side, or in a big bowl meal (like, with some chicken sausage and brown rice!) They’re just the best!

Margherita Style Charred Broccoli Slabs

And remember, if you DO cook anything from the book, make sure to use hashtag #inspiralizedandbeyond so we can re-share our favorites on Instagram and the blog!

Thank you so so so much for your support of this book – there’s a lot of pressure on it to become another best-seller, so help make it happen for me by pre-ordering your copy today!

Flip through the Inspiralized & Beyond cookbook here and subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch more videos:

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Margherita Style Charred Broccoli Slabs

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins


  • 1 large head broccoli
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fine sea salt and pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 cup prepared tomato-basil sauce or marinara sauce
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded fresh basil leaves


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Trim off and discard the dried, tough part of the broccoli stem (about ½ inch). Working from the stem end, slice the broccoli lengthwise into 4 slabs.
  • Arrange the broccoli slabs in a single layer in a 9 × 13-inch baking dish. Drizzle with the olive oil, turning to coat, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Nestle the garlic slices among and under the broccoli slabs. Roast for 10 minutes. Flip and roast for 10 minutes more, until tender and browned.
  • Top the broccoli with the tomato-basil sauce and the mozzarella. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling, 5 to 8 minutes more.
  • Immediately garnish with the Parmesan and basil. Serve warm.

with love, Ali

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  • I placed my order on Amazon. Where and when do I receive the pre-order packet? Thank you for creating your recipes!
    • I just placed my order through amazon as well! Curious about the bonus package as well!
  • I ordered the book when it was first announced (January?) and received a notice from Amazon that it will be in my mailbox tomorrow. Whee! I, too, wonder about the bonus package; I filled out the form that was posted the other day and got a link, but when I clicked on it, I got nothing but a blank screen and the little blue circle spinning endlessly, so I gave up and closed the window.
    • Hi Helen! If you are having trouble with this bonus link: , please email me at with your order information so I can help you with your bonus packet!
  • I’m looking forward to the book and bonus package. What do I need to do to get the bonus pkg.?
  • I am looking forward to making these Charred Broccoli Slabs they look fantastic. I am also looking forward to your new cookbook to arrive here soon, excited to make new recipes and spice up our menus again. Thanks Ali and Team. :)
    • Hi Debra! Thanks for your note! Hope you enjoy!