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!
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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!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon broccoli pasta, lemon butter garlic pasta sauce, pasta with lemon sauce, roasted broccoli with lemon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Susie

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

Pasta

  • 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.

Assemble

  • 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.