Perfectly caramelized broccoli, walnuts & nutty parmesan star in this easy Roasted Broccoli & Walnut vegetarian pasta dish that needs just 20 minutes and 7 ingredients from start to finish.
This month’s Recipe Redux challenged us to create quick and easy meals with 7 ingredients or less. March is also National Nutrition Month and the theme is to savor the flavor of eating right. My favorite way to add flavor to vegetables is by roasting them. It’s one of the easiest ways to add incredible flavor without excessive fat or salt. It works for asparagus, Brussels sprouts, carrots and other root vegetables, cauliflower and even green beans and cabbage. I’ve roasted them all!
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This Roasted Broccoli & Walnut Pasta recipe combines flavorful roasted broccoli with a weeknight meal staple – pasta. Now I could just eat the broccoli topped with walnuts and parmesan but the pasta makes it meal.
All you need is 20 minutes and 7 ingredients to get this meal on the table (not counting the water, salt and pepper).
When a pasta craving hits, I rarely shy away. Instead, I balance it with plenty of vegetables. And full disclosure, there would be a lot more roasted broccoli in the photo if I hadn’t eaten it right off the pan. That happens…
Anyway. This recipe is flexible. You can swap the pasta for quinoa or brown rice or try chickpea pasta which would be probably be delicious here too. Swap the parmesan for nutritional yeast to make it vegan.
Dig in to the recipe:
- ½ pound orecchiette (or other short pasta like shells or bowtie)
- 1 pound fresh broccoli florets (about 5 cups raw)
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil , divided
- 2 garlic cloves , smashed
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spread the broccoli florets onto a sheet pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. Roast broccoli 12-15 minutes, turning once.
Prepare pasta according to the package - cooking to al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Drain.
Heat the remaining olive oil over medium-high heat in a large saute pan. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Reduce the heat to low. Add the hot pasta, broccoli and walnuts. Sprinkle with shredded parmesan. Add reserved pasta water starting with ¼ cup until desired sauciness is achieved. Toss to coat. Top with a bit more parmesan if desired. Serve.
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