April 6, 2015

Creamy Garlic Lemon Pasta with Roasted Broccoli

Well, I found my new favorite pasta recipe right here. I'm not even kidding. This picture is making me drool as we speak! I've always loved lemon pastas, but this one is the real deal. It's insanely creamy and flavorful.
And the roasted broccoli on top?? I've been making this roasted broccoli for years, but I couldn't have imagined how good it would taste paired with this pasta. Apparently lemon and broccoli are made for each other. The saltiness of the broccoli compliments the sweetness of the lemon so well.
And I also couldn't believe how easy all of this was to make. Easy and delicious! And be sure to use angel hair pasta because for some reason it soaks up all of the glorious sauce so much better than other pasta!

Creamy Garlic Lemon Pasta
Slightly Adapted from Oh Sweet Basil
8 oz. angel hair pasta
3 Tbsp. butter
3 tsp. garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. flour
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper, to taste
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
shredded Parmesan, for topping

Roasted Broccoli
2-3 cups broccoli, cleaned and stems trimmed
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. Place broccoli on a parchment paper or foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle the broccoli with olive oil and then toss to combine to coat each piece. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until stems are golden brown and slightly crisp.
4. While broccoli is roasting, boil a pot of water and cook pasta according to package directions.
5. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and cook until melted and the butter begins to turn golden. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the flour, whisking quickly. Allow to cook for one minute and then add the broth, half and half and milk.
6. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally cook until slightly thickened. Add the lemon zest and juice and then season to taste with salt and pepper.
7. Once pasta is done, add the pasta directly to the sauce, adding a little pasta water if needed. Serve with roasted broccoli and parmesan on top and enjoy!

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