Roasted Broccoli & Walnut Pasta

Perfectly caramelized broccoli, walnuts & nutty parmesan star in this easy Roasted Broccoli & Walnut vegetarian pasta dish that’s ready in 20 minutes and needs only 7 ingredients!

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Roasted Broccoli and Walnut Pasta in a Bowl

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 a meal.

All you need is 20 minutes and 7 ingredients to get this meal on the table (not counting the water, salt, and pepper).

Roasted Broccoli & Walnut Orecchiette

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. I’m showing you a couple different pasta shapes in this post. You can swap the pasta for quinoa or brown rice or try chickpea pasta which would be delicious here too. Swap the parmesan for nutritional yeast to make it vegan.

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Roasted Broccoli and Walnut Pasta in a Bowl
Roasted Broccoli & Walnut Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

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.

Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta, roasted broccoli
Servings: 4
Calories: 375 kcal
Author: Marisa Moore, RDN
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Prepare pasta according to the package - cooking to al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Drain.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Broccoli & Walnut Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Roasted Broccoli & Walnut vegetarian pasta dish is ready in 20 minutes and needs only 7 ingredients to make.  It's an easy weeknight vegetarian dinner! #pasta #broccoli #walnuts

25 Comments on Roasted Broccoli & Walnut Pasta

    • Marisa
      March 23, 2016 at 1:04 PM (3 years ago)
      Thanks, Karman! Reply
  1. Julie Harrington
    March 22, 2016 at 11:19 AM (3 years ago)
    love the addition of the walnuts. I typically blend them up into a pesto, but I like the added crunch of leaving them whole. Reply
    • Marisa
      March 23, 2016 at 1:04 PM (3 years ago)
      Thanks! I love a good pesto too. This is my quick way to get some extra protein and crunch with similar flavors! Reply
    • Marisa
      March 23, 2016 at 1:06 PM (3 years ago)
      Thanks, Liz! Reply
  2. EA Stewart
    March 22, 2016 at 6:33 PM (3 years ago)
    I love everything about this recipe-yum! And, make my roasted broccoli extra crispy please :-) Reply
    • Marisa
      March 23, 2016 at 1:05 PM (3 years ago)
      Yes. Extra crispy it is! Reply
  3. Rebecca
    March 22, 2016 at 10:32 PM (3 years ago)
    This looks simple and delicious. I love broccoli and walnuts together! Reply
    • Marisa
      March 23, 2016 at 1:06 PM (3 years ago)
      Thanks! One of my favorite combos too! Reply
  4. GiGi Eats
    March 23, 2016 at 8:29 PM (3 years ago)
    Nuts in pasta!!! That's a new one to me! What a NUTTY idea! har har! lol Reply
  5. Alanna
    March 24, 2016 at 6:26 AM (3 years ago)
    I agree, roasting is my favorite way to add flavor to any dish. I bet this broccoli kicked it up a few notches! Loving the walnuts!! Reply
  6. diane
    March 25, 2016 at 1:04 PM (3 years ago)
    Can't go wrong with roasted broccoli! Love your flavorful additions! Reply
  7. Tisha
    October 1, 2018 at 5:48 PM (3 weeks ago)
    This looks incredible I love the added crunch and flavor the walnuts add :) Can't wait to try it!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      October 1, 2018 at 6:37 PM (3 weeks ago)
      It's a lovely combination honestly! One of my favorite quick meals! Reply
  8. Christina Shoemaker
    October 1, 2018 at 6:23 PM (3 weeks ago)
    Oh yum, Marisa! I love the broccoli in this dish! Such a bright and simple way enjoy pasta!! Of course you know I like everything you do. <3
    Reply
    • Marisa
      October 1, 2018 at 6:38 PM (3 weeks ago)
      Thanks, Friend ! I'm a bit of a broccoli fanatic so I'm excited to see someone else get excited about it! Reply
  9. Matt @ Plating Pixels
    October 1, 2018 at 6:42 PM (3 weeks ago)
    Roasted nuts add so much flavor, looking forward to trying this!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      October 1, 2018 at 11:36 PM (3 weeks ago)
      They really do elevate this pasta dish! Reply
  10. Heidy L. McCallum
    October 1, 2018 at 7:59 PM (3 weeks ago)
    This pasta recipe is totally up my alley! I could really enjoy a plate of this at dinner.
    Reply
    • Marisa
      October 1, 2018 at 11:37 PM (3 weeks ago)
      This is honestly one of my favorite recipes. I always feel like I'm being just a little fancy at dinner when I have it! Reply
  11. Taylor Kiser
    October 1, 2018 at 10:00 PM (3 weeks ago)
    Love how easy this is to make! Looks so delicious! Amazing flavors going on!
    Reply
    • Marisa
      October 1, 2018 at 11:37 PM (3 weeks ago)
      Thanks, Taylor! Reply

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