20 Minute dinner: Broccoli and mushroom pasta


This recipe is inspired by the fresh taste of lemony broccoli but can sure can serve as a baseline recipe for whatever produce you have on hand. Pasta dishes are quick and easy to make and are actually a favorite go-to option for busy and active people. It’s a totally versatile food and you can use in both hot dishes and cold salads. 

This recipe involves nutrient-dense broccoli along with delicious mushrooms. They make the perfect transition combo for between season periods. They offer a variety of nutrients and are way better than some ready-made sauce from the market. I highly advise to try this recipe at home, your tastebuds will be delighted!

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The secret ingredients here is lemon. We use both the zest and juice of the lemon and it changes everything! Lemon is this flavor that brings everything to life in a dish. The zest is so fresh and energizing and the juice adds this pleasant kick to this otherwise simple dish.

The only things we use to spice things up is garlic but feel free to add onions, leeks or other spices of your own. We like this simple and easy recipe with no fuss in the kitchen.

You can also choose whatever kind of pasta you like and actually use a different one whenever you need a change. If you are gluten-intolerant or are trying to avoid it as a whole opt, for quinoa, brown rice or chickpea pasta. They are a great and healthy option and taste amazing, too!

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This dish is also convenient to make as a work lunch or travel food. Just put in a box, store in the fridge and just add some lemon juice just before serving. It also tastes great cold and can be served as a side dish for some meat or bean main dish. 

The best thing about pasta dishes is that they are so fast and easy that you have no excuse not to cook your own food! They require no special equipment or skills and can be made into endless varieties of tastes and combinations. Just follow the basic instructions below and start cooking!

Type: Vegan, Lunch, Dinner
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Serves: 2 portions


2 cups pasta
2 cups broccoli
2 cups mushrooms
3 cloves garlic
zest and juice of ½ lemon
parmesan cheese
salt, pepper, olive oil


1. Bring water to a boil and add the pasta.
2. Cook for 8 minutes and rinse.
3. Slice the garlic finely. Chop the broccoli and mushrooms into chunks.
4. In a cooking pan heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic.
5. Add the vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally.
6. Add the pasta, lemon zest and juice and stir everything together.
7. Slice parmesan on top until it melts.
8. Serve with some fresh herbs.

Notes: Different kinds of pasta vary in their cooking time. Follow package instructions for each type.