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Broccoli Lemon Brown Butter Pasta


  • 1 pound broccoli crowns
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 lemon, sliced crosswise
  • 4 ounces uncooked whole-grain shell pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 ounce pecorino Romano cheese, shaved and crumbled (about 1/4 cup)
Place a baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 450°F (leave pan in oven as it heats).

Cut broccoli into florets. Peel and thinly slice stems. Toss together broccoli and 2 tablespoons oil in a bowl. Arrange broccoli in a single layer on hot baking sheet; arrange lemon slices around broccoli. Bake at 450°F until browned and crisp-tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, fill a Dutch oven with water; bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook according to package directions for al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Drain.

Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium-high. Cook until browned and very fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, and red pepper; cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Stir in pasta, salt, and black pepper. Gently stir in broccoli. Stir in 1/4 to 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid to reach desired consistency. Top with zest and cheese.