Loaded Broccoli in Creamy Garlic Sauce

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This Loaded Broccoli in Creamy Garlic Sauce is simply heaven in a dish. It’s an easy side dish that includes bacon and broccoli. Add in creamy garlic sauce, and you will have a hard time not finishing this perfect side dish.

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We love this recipe! It’s not only keto and low carb friendly, but the flavors result in a creamy sauce that ends with bacon! It’s a family WIN!

However, the broccoli is the star of the show in this creamy garlic sauce recipe and will become a staple recipe in your home. Not to mention, transition those non-broccoli fans, into broccoli lovers!

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How to Select, Store and Serve

Learn how you can select, store and serve broccoli!

close up shot of cheese melting on top of broccoli and bacon

Can I substitute frozen broccoli for fresh?

If you have a bag of broccoli in the freezer, get it out! Be sure to steam the frozen broccoli first so that it cooks evenly with the other ingredients. Be sure to remove any access water from the frozen broccoli so that it doesn’t thin out the garlic sauce.

What can I serve with loaded broccoli?

We often eat this recipe for lunch or as our main meal. However, you can absolutely serve this as a side dish. Black Bean Burgers would be a great option!

Ingredient Substitutions

onion – feel free to use a white or red onion. Both are equally delicious!

heavy cream – the heavy cream helps to thicken the garlic sauce.

broccoli – fresh or frozen. If you are using frozen broccoli, steam in the microwave for a few minutes.

mozzarella cheese – you can also use provolone, parmesan, white cheddar, grueye or swiss cheese if you prefer.

Ingredients for Creamy Garlic Sauce with Bacon and Broccoli

ingredients for loaded broccoli in creamy garlic sauce
  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Heavy cream
  • Broccoli
  • Mozzarella cheese

How to Make Loaded Broccoli in Creamy Garlic Sauce

bacon being cooked in cast iron skillet

First, start by browning your bacon. We love crunchy bacon, but, cook it how your family enjoys it. Once the bacon has cooked, remove and allow to drain on a paper towel.

onions being cooked in bacon fat in cast iron skillet

Leave the bacon grease in the pan and sautee your onions for about 3 minutes until they are soft and translucent.

broccoli and garlic added to cast iron skillet with onions

Next, add in your broccoli and garlic. Allow to cook for 3-5 minutes until the broccoli is vibrant in color and fork tender.

heavy cream being poured into cast iron skillet with broccoli

Pour in the heavy cream. Be sure to reduce your heat to low and allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.

overhead shot of loaded broccoli with creamy garlic sauce before mixed in cast iron skillet

Add in the cooked bacon.

cheese and bacon topped broccoli with garlic sauce in cast iron skillet

Then top with either shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese. Allow the cheese to melt for a few minutes or stick in the oven under the broiler to melt the cheese. It will turn a light golden brown.

You can top with crushed red pepper flakes if you choose!

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5 from 1 vote

Loaded Broccoli in Creamy Garlic Sauce

This Loaded Broccoli in Creamy Garlic Sauce is simply heaven. Throw in some bacon and broccoli for a easy side dish or even your main meal.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings4 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 c bacon chopped
  • 1 onion diced
  • 5 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 C Heavy Cream
  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • 1 c mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions 

  • First, start by browning your bacon. We love crunchy bacon, but, cook it how your family enjoys it. Once the bacon has cooked, remove and allow to drain on a paper towel.
  • Leave the bacon grease in the pan and sautee your onions for about 3 minutes until they are soft and translucent.
  • Next, add in your broccoli and garlic. Allow to cook for 3-5 minutes until the broccoli is vibrant in color and fork tender.
  • Pour in the heavy cream. Be sure to reduce your heat to low and allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add in the cooked bacon.
  • Then top with either mozzarella or parmesan cheese that is shredded. Allow the cheese to melt for a few minutes or stick in the oven under the broiler to melt the cheese and the cheese turns a light golden brown.
  • You can top with crushed red pepper flakes if you choose! I sprinkle a few on mine and leave it off for everyone else….gotta make everyone happy, right?!?

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Nutrition

Calories: 699kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 631mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2231IU | Vitamin C: 107mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Calories: 699
Keyword: loaded broccoli in creamy garlic sauce
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Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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