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Lemon Broccoli pasta is a quick, easy dinner recipe that’s healthy too. Best of all, it costs just over $1 per serving!
This Lemon Broccoli Pasta is a delicious, easy recipe to put on the table for dinner. If you walk through the door at 5:30, you can be eating this meal by 6:00. The flavorful lemon topping mixes well with the savory dried tomatoes and Parmesan. My children enjoy this meal too, which makes it a winner in our house.
My husband and I used to make this dish all the time before we had kids. I always used pine nuts in the past, but their price has become astronomical. I recently saw a tiny package of pine nuts for $13.49 at the grocery store. This is way out of my league, so now I use walnuts instead to add a little extra protein and nuttiness. This dish is very flexible, so you can substitute or add other vegetables you have on hand.
- 12 ounces whole wheat or gluten-free pasta about 8 cups cooked
- 3 cups broccoli florets (6 ounces)
- 3 tbs olive oil, divided
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- ½ cup dried tomatoes, chopped
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1½ tbs maple syrup
- ¼ cup diced walnuts or pine nuts
- ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Boil the pasta according to the package directions, Drain and set aside.
- Pour ¼ cup water into a large skillet. Add the broccoli to the skillet, cover it, and steam the broccoli over medium high heat for 1 minute. Remove the top and cook over medium heat for another minute to remove most of the water.
- Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the red pepper to the skillet. Saute the broccoli and red pepper (covered) over medium heat for 2 minutes.
- Add the dried tomatoes, lemon juice, lemon zest, maple syrup, and last tablespoon of olive oil. Stir everything together and cook for another minute.
- Add the pasta to the skillet, stir, and heat over medium low for 30 seconds to combine the flavors.
- Serve warm. Garnish with nuts and grated Parmesan.
Lemon Broccoli Pasta Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $6.54 to make, or $1.09 per hearty serving (2¼ cups). Lemon Broccoli Pasta is a delicious, one-dish recipe that goes on the table quickly and satisfies kids and adults.
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