A Simple 20-Min Lemon Pasta Recipe to Wow Your Family

Busy weeknights call for easy dinners like this simple lemon pasta recipe with Broccoli & Cauliflower! 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!

Overhead view of bowl of lemon pasta with broccoli and cauliflower

Keep it simple with one pot to make this lemon pasta even easier.

This lemon pasta recipe is so simple it only requires one pot! If you’re like me the clean-up is always the worst part of the meal. But this recipe makes it simple. Adding the extra veggies like broccoli and cauliflower give it an extra wow factor – and makes it seem like it was harder to make than it really is. Listen, I’m all about the illusion of effort these days!

Bowl of lemon pasta with broccoli and cauliflower

Keep this lemon pasta vegetarian – or not!

While this is lemon pasta recipe is an amazing vegetarian dish that my whole family loves, I sometimes like to spice it up for the meat-eaters at my table. Just toss in some shredded chicken (store-bought rotisserie makes it easy!) and you have added a whole new dimension to this epically easy meal!

But wait, there’s more!

And if you have any leftover rotisserie chicken try some of our family favorites! Easy and delicious – you won’t be disappointed!

If you’ve tried this One Pot Lemon, Broccoli, and Cauliflower Pasta Recipe, I would be so grateful if you would rate it. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I just love hearing from you, and your reviews and comments really help others that visit This Mess is Ours!

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One Pot Lemon, Broccoli, & Cauliflower Pasta

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 16 mins
  • Total Time: 21 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian


For the meat lovers at my table I like to toss shredded chicken into their bowls along with the pasta.

Don’t forget to rate the recipe, and let me know what you think about this One Pot Lemon, Broccoli, and Cauliflower Pasta in the comments below. I just love hearing from you. Your reviews/comments really help other people that visit This Mess is Ours!


  • 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
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • kosher salt, freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 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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