Time: 25 minutes. Here's our definition of a perfect weeknight dish: just a few ingredients—most of which may already be on hand—that seem to magically add up to more than the sum of their parts.
3/4 pound whole-wheat pasta shells or penne pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to taste
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 pound broccoli florets, 1/3 of them chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
3/4 cup toasted chopped walnuts
Finely shredded zest of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus more to taste
Freshly shredded pecorino cheese
How to Make It
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add garlic, and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute. Add broccoli, 3/4 cup water, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cover; cook until broccoli is tender.
Stir in walnuts, zest, and juice of 1/2 lemon, then toss with drained pasta. Add more salt, lemon juice, and olive oil to taste. Serve with cheese.