This pasta was an effort to use up the rest of the veggies on hand, and turned out to be kind of amazing. Roasting the veggies in the oven makes all the difference for the pesto.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
20 mins
45 mins
2 servings


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook linguine at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Combine broccoli and pine nuts in a baking dish. Add Parmesan cheese, garlic, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and lemon-pepper seasoning; toss to coat.

  • Bake in the preheated oven, removing every 5 minutes to stir, until broccoli is tender but still firm, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Drain pasta, reserving 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Mix cooking liquid with soup base in a small bowl; set aside. Return pasta to the pot.

  • Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and salt. Cook, stirring often until some of the liquid has reduced, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add broccoli mixture, 2 tablespoons olive oil, butter, and balsamic vinegar; stir to combine.

  • Transfer the entire vegetable mixture to the pasta pot. Add bouillon water, stir thoroughly, and serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

You can use any Italian cheese, such as Romano, in place of the Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts

1121 calories; protein 33.8g; carbohydrates 108.3g; fat 65.9g; cholesterol 24.4mg; sodium 1923.3mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
This is really good, although I did not use five cloves of garlic. I used one. Albeit, this is not a pesto (nothing gets “pestato”) it is a true dish you’d find in most Italian homes. Fresh ingredients cooked healthily served with pasta. This Italian household loved it and will definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
It was pretty good. I only used one clove of garlic (5 cloves seems way too much!). I messed up a little by making too much pasta - closer to 16 oz instead of 8 oz, so I did not have enough broccoli and tomatoes to keep it interesting. Taste was good, but I might pull back a little on the amount of lemon and pepper seasoning next time. Maybe 1 tablespoon instead of 2. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I also roasted peppers with broccoli. Came out great. Will make again. Read More