Vegan Lemon Pasta With Pine Nuts and Broccoli Recipe

Lemon pasta with pine nuts and broccoli

Emily Hawkes for The Spruce

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
391 Calories
14g Fat
57g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 391
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 11g
Calcium 89mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Like lemon pasta? Add this vegetarian lemon pine nut cappellini recipe to your repertoire of quick and easy pasta dishes that you can turn to on a busy night when you want to fill up but just don't feel like cooking. If you don't have fresh broccoli on hand, raid your freezer and toss in some thawed frozen veggies, whatever you have on hand.


  • 1/2 pound pasta (I like capellini angel hair pasta or small shells, prepared according to package instructions)
  • 1 cup broccoli (chopped small and lightly steamed)
  • 3 tablespoons good-quality olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 lemon (zested)
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for lemon pasta with pine nuts and broccoli
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  2. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain well.

    Prepare pasta
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  3. Steam or microwave broccoli just until tender. Set aside.

    Steam broccoli
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  4. Sauté garlic in olive oil for just a minute or two. Remove from heat, then whisk in the lemon juice and lemon zest.

    Saute garlic
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  5. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, broccoli, olive oil, lemon and garlic and pine nuts, gently tossing to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste.

    Combine ingredients
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  6. Enjoy your quick and easy vegetarian and vegan lemon pasta!

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  • Top it all off with some parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast, if you're vegan.