Lemon linguine with broccoli and tomatoes

lemon linguine with broccoli and tomatoesWhile I love to cook, side dishes always seem to throw me for a loop. Isn’t it enough that I’m cooking a main course? Now I ALSO have to figure out what to cook as a complimentary side dish? That seems like a lot of work! Luckily, I came up with this recipe which can double as either an entree or a side dish! Fresh and lightly dressed pasta tossed with fresh vegetables makes for a bright and delicious vegetarian dish. I had broccoli and tomatoes on hand, but any veggies you have in the fridge would work.

Simply cook up the veggies, cook up the pasta and mix them together with a light dressing of lemon juice and olive oil. This is the perfect side dish for fish, poultry or meat. I especially love pairing the pasta with salmon or shrimp since lemon and fish are a match made in heaven! Top the veggie pasta with a little grated Parmesan (or a lot, in my case) and a light, easy dinner is ready to go in 30 minutes.

Looking for more pasta recipes? Check out my creamy tomato pasta, lemony seashell pasta, and sundried tomato pasta.

lemon linguine with broccoli and tomatoesLemon linguine with broccoli and tomatoes
Yield: 4 servings | Serving size: 1/4 of recipe
Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 20 mins | Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients:
12 ounces linguine* (plain, whole wheat, etc.)
*for gluten-free diets, use packaged gluten-free pasta
1 clove garlic, minced
1 head of fresh broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 medium tomato, chopped
Juice from 1 lemon
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt/pepper to taste

Instructions:
1. Boil water in a medium pot and cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Steam broccoli florets in the microwave by placing florets in a microwave-safe dish along with 1-2 Tbsp water. Cover and microwave for 1-2 minutes until florets have softened and are bright green in color. Or, steam florets using a pot and steamer.
3. Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray and add garlic, sauteing until fragrant.
4. Add steamed broccoli and tomatoes and saute for 3-4 minutes.
5. Add drained pasta to the pan, drizzling with olive oil and lemon juice.
6. Toss to coat pasta and veggies with olive oil/lemon juice mixture.
7. Season with salt/pepper to taste. Top with grated Parmesan cheese (optional). Transfer to serving bowls and serve immediately.

Recipe: Lighten Up Recipes
Photography: Lighten Up Recipes

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