lemon, white bean & broccolini pasta

For some reason, every winter the cold weather never ceases to surprise me. And January so far has been no exception. All I crave on these cold winter nights are warm comforting dishes. I recently discovered this recipe thanks to Women’s Health Magazine and it definitely does the trick for cold winter nights! The best part is it takes less than 20 minutes to make AND only requires one pot (I love my one pot recipes!). Find out how to make this deliciously, unexpected combo below!

I never would’ve thought to try broccolini and lemon in pasta as I’m used to more traditional sauces (like tomato) BUT I’ve been branching out lately and decided to give it a try. I figured if I could make cashews work as a pasta sauce, I could at least give this one a try! It also incorporates white beans as the protein making it a great meatless option. If you are looking to branch out this year I encourage you to give this recipe from Women’s Health Magazine a try!

lemon, white bean & broccolini pasta

Ingredients for lemon, white bean & broccolini pasta

1 package of spelt pasta (The recipe calls for chiocciole but I used rigatoni. I think penne or spaghetti would work well too!)
2 bunches broccolini (whole or chopped – I prefer chopped)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lemon juiced & zested (I used my new Deiss grater, works like a charm)
1 tsp red chili flakes (or more if you like an extra kick)
freshly grated parmesan cheese (recipe didn’t call for this – but what’s pasta without cheese!)

lemon, white bean & broccolini pasta

How to make lemon, white bean & broccolini pasta

Remember you only need one pot for this!! With said pot, fill with water and bring to a boil. Pour in the pasta and cook according to instructions. In the mean time clean broccolini and roughly chop into threes. When the pasta has two minutes left, pop the broccolini into the water with pasta. Drain both ingredients and pour back into the pot. Stir in the olive oil, chili flakes, lemon juice zest and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serve immediately and enjoy!

lemon, white bean & broccolini pasta