February 5, 2009

Lemon Flavored Fettuccine with Broccoli

I do love cooking elaborate meals. But, there are days when I don't even feel like lifting my little finger. All I would love to do is to snuggle under my blanket & settle down with a good book or just randomly blog hop for recipes. Fixing a meal on such days is such a pain. I am sure all of you must have gone through this phase. Sometimes I just end up eating a little bit of this - n - that, & when hunger strikes again with its full force, I do realise that those junkies weren't exactly a good idea.

Last week was one such day when I was at my laziest best. Having skipped breakfast, I was too hungry to have eaten those bits n bobs. I had some leftover broccoli florets lying in the refrigirator for nearly a week. With some sundried tomatoes & fettuccine pasta, I whipped up this quick meal.

Here's how I made it,

You Will Need:

  • Fettuccine Pasta - 300 gms
  • 1 cup Broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp - black pepper powder - coarsely ground
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest for garnish (optional)

Method:

  • Cook Pasta in a huge pot of heavily salted water as per package instructions for about 8 minutes or until cooked. Do Not overcook the pasta. Drain & keep aside
  • I added a pinch of turmeric to the boiling water for that bright yellow color. I know it sounds crazy to add turmeric in an Italian dish, but well, it did look bright
  • Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan & saute broccoli until tender. The florets must retain their cruch.
  • Add sundried tomatoes & pasta. Add in lemon juice & black pepper powder & toss well to combine. Adjust salt as per taste
  • Garnish with lemon zest & Serve HOT.

Can be served as Pasta Salad too at room temprature.

Enjoi !!

I made these on a whim & it turned out to be great. This time around, I experimented with lemons & I wasn't disappointed. The lemon juice & zest are the highlights add a nice flavor to the dish. The lemony flavor blends well with black pepper & give broccoli a nice spicy & lemony crunch. Sun dried tomatoes add a bit of flavor from their side & binds well with fettucine. Together, it made a great dish.

This did put a satisfying end to my hunger, without much effort. I will be making this again, probably on another lazy day.


NOTE: Since Iam not a big fan of cheese, I didn't add them. You could top it with grated cheese for that creamy texture. But, It tastes great without cheese

This goes to Vaishali's , Its a Vegan World: Italian !!

71 comments:

LG said...

It looks very tempting Deesha. Great entry for the event.

DEESHA said...

Thanks LG ..

Sathya Sankar said...

The dish looks yummy ! gr8 recipe to satisfy hunger during those lazy days ...

Vibaas said...

Lemon flavored?! I'm all for it. Yum!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

great picture as usual.doesn't look as if you were lazy to cook.. you have taken the picture with so much passion.. can see that :)

notyet100 said...

picture itself says how yummy salad looks,..;-)

Cham said...

Look like more confort food, doesn't seem u whip in minute. Yumm

Dershana said...

Deesha, adding that lemon zest in was indeed a unique idea. Looks fantastic, dear!

Indhu said...

nice recipe and the pictures are really good :)
one question on pasta... I never know how long to boil the pasta... is it ok to follow the instructions on the pack? I sometimes feel that it is too less and the pasta feels uncooked...

DEESHA said...


satya, Vibaas - Thanks

Mahimaa - Thanks a ton. it indeed is easy to whip up. Do give it a try

Notyet100 - Thanks girl

Cham - Thanks a ton, it definitely is comfort food

Dershana - Yes, the lemon zest was the highlight, gives a unique kick

DEESHA said...


Indhu - Thanks so much. Boiling time differs from one kind of pasta to another. like say, penne takes a longer time to cook than macaroni or shell pasta, which is why I always refer to the package instructions. It always takes a little longer to cook than mentiomed in the package. So I always boil it for a little extra time.
Like say, if its mentioned that penne pasta takes 11 minutes to cook, I boil it for abt 15 mins ..

Hope this cleared your concerns

rekhas kitchen said...

wow that is simply superb lemon zest gave this a special flavour ithink yummy

vidhas said...

Great recipe Deesha, easy and healthy recipe.

aquadaze said...

Pasta? Anytime, anywhere. I know I am going to make this one.

DEESHA said...


Rekha - Thank you. The lemon zest really did give it a yummy flavour

Vidhas - Thanks, It is really quite healthy

Aquadaze - Do try this & let me know if you liked it

Kitchen Flavours said...

Many a times i too feel lazy to post or cook or do anything.....I think this recipe suits me too.... Simple and yummy.

SMN said...

Thats a nice twist to teh regualr flavour. never had this before.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks great! As usual great clarity pictures!

Sushma said...

I tried something similar with Penne pasta, I added a lot of vegetables to it, but adding lemon never striked me :)
I'm going to prepare your version very soon, I'll publish my version sometimes.

Pictures are looking yum-yum.

sriharivatsan said...

Looks very tempting and colorful..Your clicks are awesome Deesha.

DEESHA said...


Kitchen Flavours - Do try this. Its very easy to make

Rak's Kitchen - Thank you

Sushma - Thanks so much. Do try it. Will look forward to your version

Sriharivatsan - Thanks a ton.

DEESHA said...


SMN - Thanks so much. Yes, adding lemon was defiitely a twist.

Asha said...

Beautiful dish and photograph. YUMMY! My girl loves Fettuccine with Alfredo sauce! :)

DEESHA said...


Asha - Thanks. My husband also loves Fettucine with Alfredo sauce, it tastes divine but I kinda avoid it cuz I find the sauce a lil heavy

Happy cook said...

I totaly agree i love making also elaborate meals , ut also simple meals too.
This bowl of pasta dish looks yummy.

Laavanya said...

Oh that looks pretty... I always lean towards pasta too when i want something with minimal effort. Haven't tried making a lemony pasta before.. sounds great. Bookmarking to try during one of those lazy days :)

Chris said...

Whenever I'm going through one of those lazy snacking days, I always regret it later because I realize how great a "put together" meal would have been. Looks like you did a great job with this one :) And very nice pictures.

Ashwini said...

Yummy salad with lovely photos..Love the lemony flavour to it..

Vaishali said...

Deesha, I adore this simple but delicious and healthy recipe. And I think adding turmeric to the boiling water's a great idea: it not only adds color, but turmeric's so good for you.
Thanks for sending this to It's A Vegan World.

DEESHA said...


Happy Cook - Thanks

Laavanya - Do try them. You will love the flavors

Chris - A 'put together' meal always tastes better. This one is awesome by itself, I didnt have to do much.

Ashwini - Thanks

Vaishali - Glad you liked it. Happy Hosting :)

Smitha said...

Deesha,
The pasta looks superb! I can almost smell the lemon zest... never quite tried adding lemon zest to pasta though it happens to be one of my favorite flavours!
By the way, yesterday was my lazy day. Came home, did nothing. Grabbed my P G Wodehouse,finished the book and then hit the sack! he he he
My Honey foraged the refrigerator for some left overs! I did not as much care to fetch my bottle of drinking water!

A_and_N said...

I love citrusy, lemony flavours. Will surely try :)

Yasmeen said...

I always love broccoli in pasta ,looks very appetizing:)

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks delicious! I love broccoli, I love broccoli with lemon, and I love pasta. You've mixed them all together into one delightful dish!

Valarmathi said...

Picture looks very tempting and nicely presented. Lovely color.

Navita said...

oh ur teasing me now!

thanks for stopping by my place..hope i will see u more often.:)

DEESHA said...



Smitha - Thanks. I like PG Wodehouse too

A_&_N - Do give it a try


Yasmeen, Fearless Kitchen, Valarmathi - Thanks a ton

Navita - yep, shall drop by at yr place

n33ma said...

Love the combination of colors going on here.Super Pic.I too love adding lemon juice and zest its simply kicks up the flavor.

Archy said...

Nice color combination, bet tasted yum !! Nice entry !!

Suma Rajesh said...

lemony flavour looks awsome..would have tasted fresh...

Sara said...

This looks like the perfect pasta dish, I like the addition of turmeric!

Nithya Praveen said...

Wow,looks amazing.Great one...very easy too.

DEESHA said...


n33ma - Thanks. I loved the flavor too

Archy - Thanks

Suma Rajesh - Thanks a lot. yes, the lemon flavor did taste fresh

Sara, Nithya - Thanks

Raaga said...

Would you believe me if I told you my mom always made mac and cheese with sambar powder? This looks lovely.

Dibs said...

haha I liked the idea of adding turmeric to give it that lovely yellow colour!!

Premyscakes said...

wow looks great and it reminds me of khandvi a gujarati dish which is my fav.

DEESHA said...


Raaga - Sambar Powder in a Mac & Cheese,Wow, I need to try it

Dibs - I loved the hue after adding turmeric

Premyscakes - Hey, you are right, it does look a bit like Khandvi

Usha said...

I love lemony pasta, this one looks delicious...loved the idea of adding a pinch of turmeric..the color is so pretty :-)

DEESHA said...


Usha - Thanks so much. I loved the bright color too.

Gita's Kitchen said...

The pasta looks so delicious Deesha...a different one for me...I should try this one soon :)

Shri said...

Great and easy..

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. thats a quick fix meal... Looks Gorgeous!

Deepa said...
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Deepa Hari said...

Lemony pasta looks great and lovely Deesha....Very simple too...i love pasta with alfredo sauce....like the idea of adding turmeric.

Vidhya said...

looks perfect and the bowl is inviting Deesha.

Vibaas said...

Deesha, have something for you here http://vibaas-world.blogspot.com/2008/02/morkuzhambu-south-indian-kadhi.html

sra said...

Deesha, haven't been here in a while, but I realise I've missed out on a lot in your beautiful pix and neat design.
Your fettucine looks wonderful!

PG said...

never tried this lemony flavour with pata. A very creative one. wonderful!
Lovely picture too!

suparna said...

Deesha,I am a digger for easy dishes. Will surely try it on a lazy day ;)pics look very appetising.

TC,

SriLekha said...

looks yummy1

Sharmila said...

I know what you are saying .. and this quick pasta sounds just perfect. :-)

DEESHA said...


Gita - Thanks so much. Do try it

Shri, Anu Sriram - Thank You

Deepa - Yep, Alfredo Sauce is just divine.

Vidhya - Thanks

Vibaas - Thank you for the award

Sra, PG, Suparna, Srilekha, Sharmila - Thanks Girls

Ramya Bala said...

never touched sun dried tomates..ur recipe is so very tempting,as usual the picture rocks..very delicious deepthi

Adlak's tiny world said...

lovely combo with beautiful colors dheesha... such a nice entry to the event.

Uj said...

Looks so tempting that I feel like picking up the fork and start eating.. I have my own share of those days where I would literally refuse to cook. It feels a pain to even make rice and Daal..Call them my lazy days..Though there are few days when I can go on with cooking one after the other :D

Madhoo.S.Gargya said...

Hi Dheesha!
Yummy looking Pasta....and thanks for ur comments on my blog!

Curry Leaf said...

Superb Pasta.Love it.Yes,I too go through the lazy phase.

Food Fanatic said...

wow wht a coincidence tht i posted abt pasta too recently. only ur picture looks better than mine! thanks for the recipe and i learn something here :)

p.s. i totally agree with the loving to cook elaborate meals but having your days and wanting to stay in bed part!!

Swapna Pravin said...

Yum! My hubby love pasta dishes. will try this...

meeso said...

That dish is really pretty, a nice looking bowl!

Maria said...

looks so perfect! can't wait to try this at home and hopefully i can make it as perfect as yours.