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Skillet of Broccoli Pasta with a Wooden Spoon
Easy Lemon Broccoli Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This easy broccoli pasta dinner cooks up in minutes and is bursting with flavor! Made with tender broccoli florets and penne in a light lemon olive oil sauce. So simple, but so scrumptious, and perfect for a weeknight!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4 (generous) servings
Calories: 499 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 10 ounces dried penne pasta
  • 4 cups broccoli florets (1 large or 2 small crowns)
  • cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or basil
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

  2. Add the pasta and cook it according to the package directions, setting the timer for your pasta to cook to al dente.

  3. When the pasta has 30 seconds of cook time remaining, stir in the broccoli.

  4. Cook the pasta and broccoli until the timer goes off (the broccoli should have turned bright green — if not, give it a few more seconds), then drain them together into a colander. Rinse briefly with cool water.

  5. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with olive oil and place it over medium heat.

  6. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and sauté it until very fragrant, about 1 minute.

  7. Stir in the pasta and broccoli. Toss well to coat with olive oil, and cook for 1-2 minutes, until heated throughout.

  8. Remove the skillet from heat and stir in the lemon juice, nutritional yeast, lemon zest, salt, red pepper flakes and pepper. Taste-test and adjust any seasonings to your liking.

  9. Sprinkle with parsley or basil.

  10. Divide onto plates and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Lemon Broccoli Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 499 Calories from Fat 173
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.2g30%
Saturated Fat 2.7g14%
Sodium 624mg26%
Potassium 775mg22%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 8.5g34%
Sugar 3.7g4%
Protein 20.1g40%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.