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broccoli lemon pasta

One Pot Broccoli Lemon Pasta

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Pasta


This one pot broccoli lemon pasta recipe comes together with just a few minutes of prep and a handful of pantry staples.



  • 4 oz whole grain pasta
  • 8 oz frozen broccoli florets (about 3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp┬ásalt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 oz parmesan cheese (about 1/3 cup shredded)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Check the pasta box to see the recommended time for cooking. You’ll be adding the broccoli into the same pot before the pasta finishes cooking.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta then reduce the heat to a simmer. When there are 4 minutes left of cooking for the pasta, add the frozen broccoli and turn the heat up to high to bring the water back up to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer until the broccoli is bright green and tender and the noodles are al dente.
  5. Drain the water from the pot, then add the olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
  6. Divide onto plates and sprinkle with parmesan.


This recipe can be doubled, if desired. You can also use fresh broccoli, which will only need about 2 minutes to cook.

Keywords: One Post Pasta