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15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta
15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with dumping jarred marinara onto your plate of pasta. It takes two minutes. But sometimes we want something a little more…elegant. That’s where this 15-minute lemony broccolini pasta comes in. It’s gorgeous enough to serve at your next dinner party, but not too fancy for the kiddos.

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Makes 4 servings
Start to Finish: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 pound casarecce or other short pasta

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 pound broccolini, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

½ cup heavy cream

⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

½ cup pine nuts

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the instructions on the package until al dente.

2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the broccolini and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice; sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.

3. Stir in the heavy cream and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the Parmesan cheese.

4. Drain the pasta and then combine it with the sauce, tossing well to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with pine nuts and basil.

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