Saturday, March 24, 2007

Pasta with lemony broccoli, walnuts and toasted breadcrumbs

Pasta with lemony broccoli, walnuts and toasted breadcrumbs

Want a delicious dish that is put together in no time? Try this recipe.

Susan’s pasta is one of those recipes you’ll cook once, twice, 15 times - and will always feel like cooking again.
I made just 2 changes: onions instead of garlic + shallots and parmesan instead of Grana Padano.
I also made my own breadcrumbs using stale homemade white bread.

Click here and check her post – just be careful not to bite your monitor. ;D

Pasta with lemony broccoli, walnuts and toasted breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
230g short pasta – I used penne
1 bunch broccoli (just the florets)
60g (½ cup) walnuts
55g (½ cup) breadcrumbs
crushed black pepper
a good portion of parmesan, grated
a handful of chopped fresh parsley for garnish
extra virgin olive oil to drizzle on top

Preheat oven to 165ºC/325ºF. Layer walnuts on a baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes, until slightly golden and aromatic. Remove from oven and place the walnuts on a clean kitchen towel. Once they’re cold, roughly chop them.
To toast the breadcrumbs, place in a skillet on the stovetop; slightly shake until golden and evenly toasty, just a couple of minutes. Remove from pan, so that the heat won’t continue to toast them.

Cook pasta in salted water according to directions.

Add olive oil to a skillet. Over medium heat, sauté onion until golden. Add the broccoli, lemon juice and zest, red pepper flakes, and salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the broccoli turns a brilliant green and remains firm to the touch. Add your cooked pasta to the skillet with the broccoli mixture, and toss in the toasted walnuts and breadcrumbs.
Plate the pasta; sprinkle with parmesan and some fresh parsley. Finish it off with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Makes 4 servings.


Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Susan's recipe is a winner, definitely. I added some red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Both ways look mighty fine! I think it's weird but I do crave broccoli.

Anonymous said...

This has elements of two recipes that I'm thinking of - one, the pasta with anchovies and broccoli and the other fennel with sardines and breadcrumbs. This recipe combines ingredients from both which sounds great!

Gattina Cheung said...

I never forget Susan's breadcrumb pasta since I seen it! Yours is fantastic Pat! I love shallots a lot, it just goes very well with everything!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Some of the best flavors in the world -- looks delicious!

Freya said...

Simple but tasty! Looks lovely!

Toni said...

Oh, do I ever love the sound of this one! Simple, fresh, lemon(!) in pasta?, and broccoli? How can you beat that?

Valentina said...

I love the different textures. A gread idea is also to try pasta with loads of sauce and the 'crumbs' on top to serve. Simply delicious!!

Tatter said...

Mmmm... You've just gave me an idea what to make for dinner tomorrow! Thanks! It looks delicious, Patricia!

Helene said...

I have got all the ingredients for dinner tonight! Thanks for another great recipe!

Anh said...

This is surely a vegetarian meal that I love to eat. :)

Anonymous said...

I love simple pasta dishes like this...just a few elements but a good blending of taste and textures :)

Anonymous said...

I love this recipe, it's so good

Stella said...

I just love your pasta dishes... I love them.
Love them, love them.. so hassle free & yet, so good!

Anonymous said...

This looks like such a great weeknight meal. Wonderful Patricia!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Lydia, I will use the red pepper flakes next time - I'm sure it will be great!

Tanna, so do I sometimes. :D

Steven, both recipes sound delicious! I hope you post them with those gorgeous photos you take. :D

Gattina, you should try it, dear!

T.W., thank you!

Freya, you've said it all!

Toni, all the ingredients are delicious and they work perfectly together!

Tina, I'll try it soon!

Paulina, you're so sweet, my friend! Tks!

Helene, I hope you like it!

Anh, veggie and delicious!

Joey, me too! Pasta is always a winner.

Candy, tks, sweetie!

Valentina, thank you! You're too kind!

Kristen, let me know if you try it!

Veron said...

I know, susan's breadcrumb pasta looked really delicious. Now I see it here so appetizing...I really want to make it ..and soon!

sher said...

You and I seem to be on the same wavelength lately. I was thinking of making pasta with breadcrumbs too. :):) That looks absolutely dreamy! Where's my plate?

Truffle said...

what a fantastic combination! sounds wonderful.

MeloMeals said...

Looks delicious.. you can't go wrong with those ingredients.

Anonymous said...

Hey, this looks easy! I recently tried making a lemon pasta dish. Love the tangy flavor. I bet I will like this too. :D

Kirsten said...

Totally delicious and very easy. The perfect weeknight pasta! Thanks for sharing!


Anonymous said...

This sounds delightful, Patricia. Especially because we've been eating far too much take-out as we've been in the throes of moving. Our lovely new apartment is still in total chaos, but I managed to cook a simple dinner here tonight after work.

Linda said...

this looks amazing. great combo of flavors. nice work!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Veron, you should try it, I think you'll like it!

Sher, maybe we're connected! :D

Truffle, Susan's recipe is a winner.

Hi, Melody! Tks for the visit!

Tigerfish, it is easy! I love anything with lemon. :D

Kirsten, sometimes we just need something delicious and quick to put together!

Terry, I can't wait to know more about your new house!

Linda, tks, dear!

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