Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Broccoli With Fettuccine & Lemon Zest

I enjoy a nice bowl of pasta every now and then. What I don't enjoy is the heavy, bloating feeling after enjoying it. For those of us looking for a light alternative to sauce heavy pasta, try this broccoli-heavy pasta that gets a lot of its flavor at the end of cooking. We used shallots and lemon zest to add a twist to it. You can also sprinkle red pepper flakes for some added spice. 

  • 1/2 pound fettuccine
  • 1 pound broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Bring a large pot of water and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook until it's al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Prep the broccoli.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot and shimmering, slightly brown the shallots until translucent and add the broccoli florets to the pan and sprinkle them lightly with salt and pepper. Leave them alone to brown, 2 minutes.

Add a splash of pasta water to the broccoli and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is barely tender, another 3 minutes.

Drain the pasta and toss it with the broccoli. Add the red pepper flakes, lemon zest and toss to combine. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil.


  1. Mmmm! This looks yummy!! I pinned it for later and would love it if you would link it up at my linky party Thursday at http://www.juliakendrick.com! I hope you have a great day!

  2. Looks terrific!! Thank-you for all the wonderful ideas, both for food and crafts.
    Can you teach me to needlepoint?

  3. Hi! Followed you over from Julia Kendrick.com blog hop. I am obsessed with broccoli, love pasta and love the flavor of lemon, and this sounds so easy to make. Definitely going to give this a try. Newest follower via GFC : )


  4. I make a similar dish but you have really stepped it up with your gorgeous noodles and using shallots... nicely done.

  5. This looks amazing! I love pasta and want to try this dish soon! Going to share on my Walking on Sunshine Facebook page today! Thank you for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday and for including us in your party page. Please come back next week with another great recipe!

  6. This looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

  7. I chose your recipe as my Host Favorite from Foodie Friends Friday linky party! It's being featured on Daily Dish Magazine today! Come on over and get your Host Favorite badge! http://www.foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com/recipes-that-caught-our-attention-daily-dish/

  8. Commence drooling... This looks amazing! I love cooking with shallots! (It's quite funny when the cashier doesn't even know what they are when I'm buying them!)

  9. Sounds so delicious and light!!

  10. This sounds so good! Can't wait to try it! Visiting from Your Whims Wednesday. :)

  11. I love all these ingredients... this really looks fresh and delicious. Over here from Marvelous Monday!


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