Lemon Penne with Oven Roasted Broccoli
A super simple pasta recipe that is bursting w/ flavors of fresh lemon, warm garlic, & caramelized oven roasted broccoli. A great dinner recipe for tonight!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
- 1/2 lb. penne pasta cooked per package instructions
- 3 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite size pieces (this will be 1 large head of broccoli)
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil (I like to use extra virgin olive oil)
- 1 tbsp lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
- 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 plump garlic cloves, sliced thinly
Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Oven Roasted Broccoli
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.Place the broccoli florets on a sheet pan lined with foil or parchment paper. Drizzle with a generous glug of olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes. (Note-If you like more caramelization leave it in the oven for a minute or two longer.)Add the pine nuts to the baking sheet (with the broccoli) and roast and additional 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.Set aside.
Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce
In a small sauce pan add the butter and olive oil over low heat. Once the butter is melted add the garlic and lemon zest. Cook for 2-3 minutes, making sure the garlic does not brown!Off the heat add the lemon juice and salt.
In a large bowl combine the pasta, pine nuts, and broccoli. Drizzle the lemon garlic butter sauce over the pasta mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately.