Broccoli, garlic and lemon pasta

    25 min

    This is a simple vegetarian supper that couldn't be more delicious. Pasta is simply tossed with broccoli and a light sauce of olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. It's then finished with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan. Quick, healthy and easy!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 250g farfalle pasta
    • 1 broccoli, cut into florets
    • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water. About 5 minutes before pasta is done, drop broccoli into the pasta water. Continue to cook until pasta is cooked and broccoli is crisp but tender. Drain.
    2. Meanwhile, warm olive oil in a small frying pan over low heat. Slowly cook garlic in oil until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Be very careful not to burn garlic. Stir in lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
    3. Toss pasta, broccoli and lemon sauce in a large bowl. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

    Parmesan cheese

    Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

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    Very quick and easy to make, but tastes lovely - it was an unusual but refreshing flavour for me! I added turmeric to the pasta water to give it a nice golden colour, and also added red onions. Would make this again.  -  24 Feb 2012


    Great side dish! I love broccoli and pasta and so does my husband and this was no exception. This was very light, with a nice garlic flavor and a hint of lemon. I used penne pasta and instead of heating the garlic and lemon juice in olive oil, I used minced garlic from the jar and whisked the "dressing" in a small bowl. I added a bit more lemon juice and some lemon zest. Once the broccoli and pasta were done, I tossed everything together and used a combination of parmesan and romano cheeses. This was a perfect light side dish to accompany "Apple Cider Chicken Marinade" from this site. Note: If you want to add a little kick to this dish sprinkle a bit of crushed red pepper flakes on top!  -  13 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Light and awesome for summer! I substituted snow pea pods for part of the broccoli as my family isn't big on a lot of broccoli. I think this time I might add some chicken to make it an entire meal!  -  07 May 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)