Spaghetti With Broccoli And Garlic And Parmigiano Lemon Bread Crumbs
There are so many delicious sweet treats for Fiesta Friday #16 that I decided I would bring a savory dish. I make this often, practically every week, it’s one of my favorite quick and simple meals. I find that making some of the components of the dish in the morning really help this to come together quickly for dinner. I like to make the breadcrumbs and steam the broccoli in the morning. The breadcrumbs taste so good when they are made a few hours ahead of the meal. I also steam the broccoli in the morning and saute in the evening before serving. There really is no recipe per say for this dish, but here are the list of ingredients and instructions.
Fiesta Friday #16 is hosted by Elaine@foodbod and Stacey@10 legs in the kitchen and to find out more about Fiesta Fridays and hopefully join the party visit Angie’s lovely site The Novice Gardener. I must say I am having a blast participating, there are so many great cooks, we all have fun!
Broccoli- cut into bite size pieces
2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
pinch of red pepper flakes
spaghetti or pasta of your choice
approximately 1/4 cup chicken broth or pasta water
Bread crumbs (preferably fresh bread crumbs)
1 clove garlic minced
pinch of lemon zest (zest of half a lemon)
black pepper a few turns of the pepper mill
salt if needed
Mix bread crumbs, lemon, parmigiano and black pepper. In saute pan heat some olive oil and add the minced garlic, now add the breadcrumbs and saute until toasted a golden brown. Remove the bread crumbs and set aside, don’t clean the pan use the same pan for the broccoli.
Steam broccoli to your desired doneness, for this dish I like it pretty soft, probably softer than most of you would want to cook it. I steam it for about 8-10 minutes. Put the water (be sure to add salt to the water) on for the spaghetti, when boiling vigorously cook to al dente and remove, save some of the water. To your saute pan add olive oil, garlic and pepper flakes, saute until the garlic softens and starts to turn a very light brown. Add the broccoli and stir until it’s covered with the oil and garlic, saute for a few minutes, add the chicken broth or reserved pasta water and cook for a few minutes, add the pasta and toss with the sauteed broccoli and cook for just about a minute. Remove from pan. Top the spaghetti with the bread crumbs and serve. I like to add more cheese.
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Suzanne, I would love a bowl of this for my dinner tonight! Love all the ingredients of this dish, especially the broccoli and bread crumbs. Oh delish!
Thanks so much Patty!
Love pasta with broccoli and garlic in any form, and bread crumbs sound like an extra bonus!
Thanks so much Anatoli, yes I too really love this dish and the breadcrumbs are delicious, cheesy and lemony, they go so well with the pasta and broccoli.
This looks delicious…and the fact that you make it often, proves that point! I’ve never thought to flavor the breadcrumbs with lemon…that’s a great idea. I’ll be adding this to my menu soon. It sounds like a perfect springtime meal. 🙂
A little lemon zest in the breadcrumbs is really nice. The pasta has such a fresh flavor from the lemon, Thanks so much Nancy,
I love to make simple pastas like this, and love the idea of including broccoli. There’s a restaurant in town that makes a fabulous pasta I always order that’s similar to this. GREAT recipe 🙂
Me too Susan, it’s quick and nutritious (especially if you use whole grain pasta) I first tasted this in a restaurant my Mom never made it. Thanks so much.
I’ve never thought of lemon zest on bread, but it sounds perfect. 🙂
Just a touch of lemon mixed with the crumbs and cheese is so nice. Thanks so much.
Suzanne, you forgot to link your photo, hon. I linked it for you. I took the top (opening) photo, assuming that’s your preferred one. If not, let me know, I can change it.
This looks extremely delicious, by the way. Simple, yes, but totally satisfying and one that I would make again and again, just like you. I do make something similar, but you taught me something new. Breadcrumbs! What a great idea!
OMG, so sorry. I was really tired yesterday. Slipped my mind. Thank you so much for the kind comment and for linking for me.
oh, that had to taste good! Multiple textures, flavors. What a perfect main dish–it would satisfy 🙂
Thank you, it is great as a main or a side. So flavorful.
Oh gosh, this looks like the best sort of way to eat your broccoli! You have the BEST pasta recipes, Seana. We’re trying this one…
Oh Suzanne– Your’e going to think I’m a scatterbrain (which is true)– I thought I was on the Cottage Grove House blog. — I really do think this pasta looks amazing!
LOL, thank you Rhonda, it’s alright I could only aspire to be Seana. Her blog and recipes are amazing. Thank you so much.
This is similar to one of my go-to supper dishes but I’ve never tried it with lemon breadcrumbs which sound amazing, will try your version next time, looks so good!
Thank you Anna, its really nice. Just a touch of lemon brightens up the dish.
Looks fabulous -spaghetti is one of our favourites here. I like the idea of preparing parts of the dish ahead of time, must give it a try.
Yes, I always try to do that when I can. I never quite have a stretch of time I can totally devote to cooking. Too much happening around here so if some is prepared ahead it makes my life much easier. Thank you so much.
This is definitely going on my list! If it’s got broccoli and/or garlic in it, I’m there! I love the sound of adding breadcrumbs too, yum!
I hope you like it if you give it a try Michelle, thank you.
Thank you very much.
Love the additional of the lemon! Great recipe thanks!
Thanks Cindy, I too love the lemon it’s so bright and adds so much.
Suzanne this pasta looks great, what a creative recipe! Love everything you put inside, I want to try to do it, thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much. If you do make I hope you like.
Totally delicious Suzanne – love the idea of the toasted, garlicky, zesty, cheesy breadcrumbs to scatter over the top! Look forward to trying yet another of your lovely recipes!
Thanks so much Margot, you are always so kind.
Love the idea of this with the breadcrumb topping – I might have to try it with added asparagus! Mmmm!
Oh yes asparagus would be amazing, thank you.
Love the simplicity of this dish Suzanne and it’s plated so pretty. I absolutely love garlic and broccoli together, but the additonal of lemony bread crumbs sounds SO good! I am always squeezing some extra lemon juice at the end of my meals because it brightens up all the other flavors so amazingly. Lemon is just divine on just about anything.
Thanks Brandi, it is so simple but the flavor is profound, it pops!! Thanks so much.
How smart of you to begin the prep in the morning; makes for an effortless (and delicious) meal in the evening. I am sadly unable to accomplish such tasks in the morning before work.
Do yo steam brocoli for your dogs too? It is a great thing to feed them to help ward off cancer. With recent health scares for Buddy, I have been deep diving research and recall your wonderful regiment you have for feeding your pugs. Take care and thanks for joining the party.
Yes, I am lucky I have the time in the morning to do that, I know many don’t.
I feed my dogs raw broccoli mixed with other raw vegetables that I grind in the food processor. They get raw broccoli, celery, kale, spinach and carrot. I grind so it’s easy for them to digest and mix with their meat and I also give them a spoonful of barley. (helps regulate the blood sugar as both are diabetic.
Thanks so much Stacey. Yes those veggies are good for us and our 4 legged buddies too!
What a coincidence! I make pasta with broccoli almost every week too! 🙂 However never thought of adding breadcrumbs! Great idea, Suzanne! I’m making it tonight! 🙂
I love this dish using different types of veggies also, broccoli rabe, kale are two favorites. It’s so delicious and light. Thanks so much Francesca.
Sounds delicious, I love the idea of the parmesan, lemon, and breadcrumb topping.
I love seeing a dish that you make regularly. I have my standbys too – and they’re always simple but just the best. I will give this one a try Suzanne – thank you for sharing it with us!
Thank you so much! There are certain dishes that are always good and are so simple to make and will always be standby”s. I hope you like if you make it!
OH YUM! What’s NOT to like in this dish? Love it…everything I adore all in one bowl! Great combination and I must try this! Thank you so much! CC
Thanks so much Christina, its really delicious and simple and one of my favorites.
Mmm lemon bread crumbs with spaghetti? SO have to try this delicious recipe 😀
Choc Chip Uru
Thanks so much the breadcrumbs with it are really good!
Tempting to eat
Thank you so much!
oh my sorry i am totally distracted by Mr Pugsly I have a pug of my own, sooo nice to meet another pug person, i have so many pictures of mine on my blog and flickr, now I have to follow you LOL. I have a french bulldog too. PS your dish looks lovely x
Thank you thank you just visited your blogs and they are great, so much fun, following you now on all!! Aren’t puggies the best, so nice to meet another pug person, love frenchies also, Izzy and Nando’ good friends are Lenny and Carly frenchies. Thank you and look forward to reading you posts.
awe thats great, you obviously know other frenchies and puglies I don’t at present, maybe we have to set up a social circle of puglies hehe and frenchies of course cant miss them out. My pug is usually under my feet when cooking, waiting for anything that might fall his way! He is an old boy now at 10. Thank you for visiting my blog, did you see my flickr on my header, theres an album on nit called dogs you will see both furry creatues there if you want x
I will check out the flickr photo’s, your blogs are such fun! Izzy and Nando are seniors too, Nando 14 and Izzy 13 Nando blind and Izzy almost blind both are special needs with diabetes, insulin dependent. They, especially Nando love their food, hang out in the kitchen hoping some of it will make it their way. Have to feed them restricted diet but still enjoy giving a bite or so of contraband every now and then. It makes their day.Happy to have found your blogs, thanks also for the follow and so glad to meet another pug lover.
Yum! I have reached a roadblock in my pasta-making creativity; as you can imagine, with a 3-year-old at home, I find myself making the same old boring varieties (“green sauce” or “red sauce” she will say), and the veggies get pushed to the side. I so want to make this for ME! I love broccoli and everything you have here – breadcrumbs, lemon zest? Yes. I’ll even see if it passes muster with the little one, but I’ll be happy to enjoy a big bowl of this! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, it’s delicious and a staple here in my home but sometimes I mix it up using different vegetables, kale, asparagus, broccoli rabe, it’s all good. Thanks again and I hope your sweet 3 year old eats it!
This sounds like such a wonderfully fragrant, bright pasta dish perfect for these warmer days! This bread crumbs are calling my name. I must make this very soon!
Thank you so much Kate, yes it’s really wonderful and quick to make, perfect for warmer weather when you don’t want to be standing over a stove for hours, Thanks so much,
Oh wow Suzanne! LOVE the look of this scrumptious dish!!
Thank you so much, it’s one of my favorites!
This looks and sounds delicious, Suzanne!
Thanks so much Stefano!