|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||18%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 22g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||9%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 28mg||140%|
|*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.|
Pasta is always welcome. It's infinitely adaptable, always delicious, and a trustworthy option - especially on a super busy weeknight. If you're vegan, looking to eschew animal products, or just trying to skip meat for a night—try this delicious, entirely vegan recipe. If you think that you have to give up pasta as a vegan ... you are mistaken. It also doesn't hurt that it comes together in almost no time at all. You'll be stunned by how quickly you can get dinner on the table with this recipe.
This pasta is super flavorful, fragrant with lemon, and dotted with garlic, broccoli, and pine nuts. Any pasta is fine, but we opt for capellini, angel hair, or even small shells. No worries if you don't have those on hand, though, because truly any pasta choice would be delicious in this dish. Fresh or frozen broccoli also both work, just in case. Oftentimes, frozen vegetables are actually 'fresher' than some fresh ones, because they're harvested at their peak ripeness and then immediately frozen. if you're using frozen here, celebrate that!
Of course, olive oil and garlic are building blocks of many dishes, especially within the pasta lexicon. Here, we also use lemon in two different ways, which helps bolster the acidity and lemon-forward flavor, making this dish very, very lemony and bright. Lastly, the nutty, buttery flavor of pine nuts help tie the whole dish together. For garnish, we think some vegan Parmesan cheese would be an excellent topping, or perhaps some toasted breadcrumbs with lemon zest. Nutritional yeast would also be a great finishing touch.
If you're a carnivore looking for an extra boost of protein but this dish sounds delicious for you, throw some grilled chicken on top of the cooked pasta, or go wild and add bacon or pancetta to the olive oil and garlic base. A touch of cream, white wine, or some sort of stock or broth would also help to up the moisture content—but just a quick splash.
If you're not a microwave fan, no worries. Add broccoli to the oil and garlic base and sauté the broccoli that way. You're just looking to soften and cook the broccoli here—not give it any color or crisp—so sautéing for a bit would do the trick. Vegan or not, we're pretty sure that the whole family would enjoy this lemon-forward pasta, so don't be shy to make this—we can't recommend it enough.
1/2 pound pasta
1 cup small broccoli florets, lightly steamed
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons pine nuts
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain well.
Steam or microwave broccoli just until tender. Set aside.
Sauté garlic in olive oil for just a minute or two. Remove from heat, then whisk in lemon juice and lemon zest.
In a large bowl, combine pasta, broccoli, olive oil, lemon and garlic and pine nuts, gently tossing to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Top it all off with some Parmesan cheese or, if you're following a vegan diet, nutritional yeast.