Summer Lemon Pasta

    25 minutes

    This is a light vegetarian pasta ideal for summer as a light main or a side. The pasta is combined with fresh broccoli and coated in a garlic and lemon sauce.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 pinch ground black pepper, to taste
    • 250g farfalle (bow tie) pasta
    • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

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

    1. 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.
    2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan 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-tender. Drain.
    3. Toss pasta, broccoli and lemon sauce in a large bowl. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

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    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 USA and 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 USA and Canada)


    Great recipe. My family loves it. Easy recipe to vary. I make it a little different every time. Have added red pepper flakes, used whole wheat pasta & low fat parm & even grilled chicken, substituted lime for lemon, and added extra spices (thyme, oregano, basil), or leave as is. You really can't go wrong w/this recipe  -  22 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)