Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta

Sara's Tiny Kitchen
by Sara's Tiny Kitchen
30 min

This Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta takes broccoli that’s sauteed until tender and then mixed with pasta and topped with a creamy lemon sauce and then sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

This pasta combines some of my very favorite things. Broccoli, pasta, lemon and cheese. There’s almost nothing I like more than pasta and when you add vegetables, you can pretend that it’s healthy!

This pasta does have a few moving parts, but everything cooks at pretty much the same time, so that if you time it right, everything comes together in about 20 minutes. And if timing is something you struggle with, you can make the pasta ahead of time, and then you only have to concentrate on two of the three facets of the dish. Don’t worry – the pasta gets rewarmed in the sauce when it’s done, so everything will still be nice and warm and delicious.


Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta
Recipe details
  • 2-3  SERVINGS
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta - Pasta
  • 6 ounces of the pasta shape of your choice
Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta - Broccoli
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, chopped very small (about 2 cups)
Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta - Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced small
  • 1 cup milk or half and half 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta - Pasta
Cook pasta in salted water according to manufacturer's' directions and leave in the colander while you make the rest of the meal.
Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta - Broccoli
Heat a 10 or 12 inch non-stick skillet over medium high heat, add the oil, and then add the chopped broccoli (you want the broccoli chopped pretty small in order to let it cook through quickly).
Sautee the broccoli for about 3 minutes, then place a grill press (or another, heavy pan) over the broccoli and let it sit for 3 minutes. Remove the press or pan, stir the broccoli and repeat 2-3 more times until broccoli is browned, caramelized, and cooked through.  
If the broccoli starts burning before it browns and cooks, lower the heat. 
Creamy Lemon Broccoli Pasta - Sauce
In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and add the garlic.
Once the butter melts fully, add the flour and stir it together to form a paste. Let this cook for full minute to get rid of any raw flour flavor.
Add the milk or half and half slowly, whisking constantly as you add it.
Once all the milk has been added, reduce the heat to medium low and let the sauce cook and begin to thicken, about 2 minutes.
Once the sauce starts to thicken, add the lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper and crushed red pepper.
Stir in the parmesan cheese and stir until the sauce is smooth.
Add the cooked broccoli and pasta to the sauce, and stir to combine everything together and to warm the pasta through.
Serve with more parmesan cheese, and slices of lemon.
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