Creamy lemon broccoli pasta

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Creamy lemon broccoli pasta is a great vegetarian recipe for easy weeknight dinners or simple workplace lunches. Roasted broccoli adds flavor and texture to this family favorite.

 

Creamy lemon broccoli pasta

This lemon broccoli pasta recipe has quickly become a family favorite in the Ryder-household. Not only because it is totally delicious and my kids happen to be obsessed with broccoli (literally. They ask for it all the time.), but it’s so easy to make.

Creamy lemon broccoli pasta

I often make the roasted broccoli during the day when I have some time or even the night before if I know the next day is going to be hectic and then I just make a quick cream sauce and boil the pasta and Bob’s your uncle. This lemon and broccoli pasta makes the perfect vegetarian weeknight dinner and is also pretty amazing the next day for lunch.

Creamy lemon broccoli pasta

4.6 from 10 votes
Creamy lemon broccoli pasta
Creamy lemon broccoli pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Creamy lemon broccoli pasta is a great vegetarian recipe for easy weeknight dinners or simple workplace lunches. Roasted broccoli adds flavor and texture to this family favorite.

Course: Main Course, Pasta, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 500g/1lb broccoli florets, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • juice of ½ lemon
For the cream sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup cream (heavy/whipping)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to aste
  • 500g/1lb pasta, cooked
  • ½ cup pasta cooking water
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220ºc/430ºf. 

  2. Place the broccoli in a roasting tray and season with the oil, chilli flakes, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Toss to coat and place in the oven to roast for 30 minutes. 

  3. To make the sauce, saute the onion and garlic in a the olive oil until soft and translucent. 

  4. Add the cream, salt, pepper and lemon juice and allow to simmer until slightly thickened. 

  5. Add the broccoli and pasta to the sauce along with the Parmesan cheese and the pasta cooking water then stir over low heat until the sauce is thick and the pasta is creamy and glossy. 

  6. Serve with a little extra Parmesan. 

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  • Carly
    Reply

    Very tasty and easy recipe.

  • Jeff
    Reply

    Damn good recipe. I’ve made it twice already and planning on making it double for lunches this week. I’m going to add some grilled chicken breasts for a filling lunch. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks! Love the idea of meal prepping it with grilled chicken.

  • Nadia
    Reply

    My daughter loves broccoli and this pasta is right up her alley. She ate two bowls full. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • Cath
    Reply

    Making this for dinner and just sneaked a bye of the sauce and it is crazy tasty. So creamy and so simple. Fantastic recipe, thanks!

  • Fran
    Reply

    Looks delicious! Could I cook the broccoli in a different way?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      You could steam it before adding to the sauce. I wouldn’t cook the broccoli in the sauce as it can easily become soggy and overcooked.

  • Janine
    Reply

    I happened to have all the ingredients in my fridge last night so made this for dinner and WOW! What a great recipe. The roasted broccoli is a game changer and the pasta was so good, I’m planning on making it again this week for dinner. Thanks!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Yay! It’s such a winner so I’m so happy to hear you loved it.

  • Reply

    Perfect dish for the Lenten season Alida! And for Meatless Monday!

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