Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Total Time
30 Mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings

Reinvent pasta night with Lemony Broccoli Rabe Pasta. Goat cheese accompanies Parmesan in this 30-minute dish made with your choice of filei, penne, or fusilli pasta.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 4 qt. water to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add 2 tsp. kosher salt, return to a boil, and stir in broccoli rabe. Cook 1 minute or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop cooking process; drain.

Step 2

Cook pasta in Dutch oven according to package directions; drain, reserving 1/2 cup hot pasta water.

Step 3

Melt butter with oil in Dutch oven over medium heat; add garlic, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes or until tender. Add red pepper and lemon zest; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in broccoli rabe; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in hot cooked pasta, reserved pasta water, Parmesan, and lemon juice; cook 1 to 2 minutes. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Top with cheese.

Step 4

The Power of Pasta Water Before you drain off your perfectly cooked pasta (al dente, of course!), scoop out at least 1 cup of that rich, starchy pasta water to make an easy pan sauce. We used 1/4 to 1/2 cup in most of the dishes here, but for most recipes save a little extra in case you want a looser sauce. The cloudy broth marries with butter or oil for silky, creamy results. And because you've cooked your pasta with a proper amount of salt (about 1 Tbsp. kosher salt per quart of water), the leftover liquid delivers flavor too. Use it whenever you feel saucy.

Ratings & Reviews

cathyjcj's Review

July 12, 2013
We absolutely love this. I did use more lemon zest and more lemon juice.

Ninon39's Review

March 03, 2013
I am prediabetic and I love pasta. I was looking for a recipe that would include only a small amount of pasta. This recipe fits my needs! The taste is great, all the ingredients mix very well together. I had chicken with it, and the combination was outstanding. I will do this again!