Meatless Mondays: Spaghetti with Broccoli and Lemon

Posted on May 21, 2012 by Courtney

We have a difference of opinion about this dish in my household: I think it’s a great main course if you’re in the mood for a light dinner; my boyfriend thinks it’s better as a side dish. No matter how you serve it, it’s delicious!


12 ounces spaghetti (3/4 box)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 1-pound package frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
kosher salt
1 lemon, zest finely grated and juice squeezed
1 cup grated Parmesan (4 ounces)


1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes.

3. Add the broccoli, red pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Add the broccoli mixture, lemon juice, Parmesan, and reserved pasta water to the pasta.

5. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until combined and heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and serve.

Bon appetit!

Recipe courtesy of Real Simple.

1 Comment +

  1. Sounds delicious! I think I’ll get to try this one since the ingredients are easy to keep on-hand, too.

    May 21st, 2012 at 10:15 pm
    Comment by Julie

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