One-Pot Lemon-Broccoli Pasta with Parmesan


This hearty pasta dish with bright, fresh flavor is ideal for busy weeknights. The Parmesan adds welcome saltiness and notes of umami and you get added texture from the slight crunch of broccoli and whole-wheat noodles. Add some shredded rotisserie chicken, grilled shrimp or crispy chickpeas to punch up the protein.

overhead shot of brown bowl filled with rotini pasta, broccoli, parmesan and lemon slices
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat rotini or farfalle pasta

  • 1 ¾ cups water

  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen broccoli florets, thawed and coarsely chopped

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice, or more to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add pasta, water, broth, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover, reduce heat to medium-high and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Add broccoli and cook, stirring, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan and lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

210 Calories
10g Fat
24g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 210
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 9g 19%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 744IU 15%
Vitamin C 31mg 35%
Folate 51mcg 13%
Sodium 451mg 20%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 45mg 11%
Potassium 257mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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