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Easy Lemon Broccoli Pasta

For summer I need a fresh and bright pasta dish.  To do this I combined some of our favorite flavors - lemon and broccoli in a simple pasta dish.  

Course Main Course
Keyword pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Censie

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried spaghetti
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese blend
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • zest from one large lemon
  • juice from one large lemon
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare spaghetti noddles as directed on box.  Two minutes before noodles are cooked, add the cut broccoli florets to the bowling noodles and water.  

  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine the cheese blend, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil until completely mixed together - set aside. 

  3. When the noodles and broccoli are cooked, carefully remove 1 cup of the cooking liquid from the pot and set aside. 

  4. Drain the remaining water from the pot and return noodles and broccoli to the pot once drained, add the peas to the pot. 

  5. Add the cheese and lemon mixture to the noodles and broccoli and toss to combine, adding 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking liquid at a time as needed to moisten pasta dish. 

  6. Serve hot and topped with extra shredded cheese on top. ENJOY!