One Pot Lemon, Broccoli, & Cauliflower Pasta

One Pot Lemon, Broccoli, & Cauliflower Pasta recipe || @thismessisours #30minutemeals #onepotpasta

Busy weeknights call for easy dinners like this One Pot Lemon, Broccoli, & Cauliflower Pasta! There are so many nights that I find myself teetering on the edge of ordering takeout. Honestly, between after school activities, sports, and homework I sort of have my evenings carved out for me with minimal time for prepping and cooking. Luckily, I have a few recipes up my sleeve like this one that come together fast and everyone around our table enjoys!

One Pot Lemon, Broccoli, & Cauliflower Pasta recipe || @thismessisours #30minutemeals #onepotpasta

One Pot Lemon, Broccoli, & Cauliflower Pasta
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Serves: 4
For the meat lovers at my table I like to toss shredded chicken into their bowls along with the pasta.
  • 1 (12-ounce) box gluten free penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • zest of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon juice
  • 1 cup thinly sliced broccoli florets
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cauliflower florets
  • ¼ cup vegetable stock
  • kosher salt, freshly cracked pepper
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  1. Cook the penne in a large saucepan of salted boiling water according to manufacturers instructions or until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Return the pan to the heat and add the butter, garlic, and lemon zest. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the broccoli and cauliflower to the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes until they are just tender. Add the lemon juice, stock, salt, pepper, and pasta then toss to combine.
  4. Garnish with toasted almonds and Parmesan, serve immediately.

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.