Lemon Broccoli Pasta + Exciting News!

Lemon Broccoli Pasta (vegan & gluten free) / loveandlemons.com

I’ll cut to the chase and just start with “exciting news” part – we’re writing a cookbook! I haven’t been overly secretive about it, but it’s official… 288 pages of never-been-blogged-before vegetable-ey goodness will be out next April! (I know, I know, a whole year away – I promise it’ll be worth the wait). It’s being published by Penguin US and Penguin Canada, the teams behind some of my favorite books including Oh She Glows and What Katie Ate.

We’ve been hard at work for months now and I can’t wait to show you how it’s coming together! I’ll be sharing updates and previews as we go – but I’d also love to hear if there’s a recipe you’ve been dying to see – I’m all ears if you have any special requests :).

Before I get on to the recipe, I just wanted to take a minute and say THANK YOU to all of you who have been reading and cooking along with us week after week, year after year. When I set out to start this blog, I honestly had no expectation of what would come of it. I knew I was passionate about food. I knew I wanted a project to work on with Jack, and I knew if nothing else, my mom would read it. Fast forward 3+ years and I’m just so darn grateful that I get to do what I love every day and share it with all of you.

Lemon Broccoli Pasta / loveandlemons.com

And now – pasta. I think this is a delicious winter-meets-spring meal. I had these gorgeous garlic scapes and some bright broccolini, but if your spring produce hasn’t sprung yet, broccoli and regular garlic will do the trick. Instead of grated cheese, I made a salty-cheese-ish topping using hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast. It doesn’t taste just like cheese, but it’s good, good for you, and also husband approved. If those ingredients are not in your pantry, just grate some fresh parmesan or pecorino.

Lemon Broccoli Pasta / loveandlemons.com

5.0 from 6 reviews

Lemon Broccoli Pasta + Exciting News!

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Serves: serves 2
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic scapes, chopped into 1 inch pieces (or 1 clove minced garlic)*
  • 2 cups broccolini or broccoli florets
  • 6 oz. brown rice spaghetti
  • squeeze of lemon + a bit of lemon zest
  • hemp seed topping (below), or freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • a few basil leaves, sliced
  • a pinch of red chile flakes
  • salt and pepper
"Cheesy" hemp seed topping: (this makes extra)
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
  • pinch of salt
  1. Make the hemp seed topping: In a food processor, pulse together hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, sunflower seeds and salt. Set aside
  2. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add garlic scapes, broccolini, salt and pepper. Let cook until broccolini is tender but still vibrant green, about 4-5 minutes. Scoop pasta out of the pot and directly into your skillet and toss. Add a squeeze of lemon, stir, remove from heat and serve.
  4. Top pasta bowls with basil leaves, a sprinkle of hemp seed topping (or grated cheese), red chile flakes and a little lemon zest. Taste and season with salt and pepper, as needed.
*If you're using minced garlic instead of garlic scapes, add it after the broccoli so it cooks for less time and doesn't burn.

For the brown rice pasta: I like the Jovial or Tinkyada brands.



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  1. Kasey from turntablekitchen.com

    Awesome news!! I can’t wait for this one 🙂 x

  2. Ahhh this is so exciting! I can’t wait to see the masterpiece that will be your book!! Congrats! xoxo

  3. Ahh!! I’m so RIDICULOUSLY excited for your cookbook. It’s your simple, healthful meals just like this one that make me love your site so much, and I can’t wait to have it in book form. I know it will be beautiful. Congrats!

  4. Jenn

    CONGRATS on the cookbook!! I am a long-time reader, though I’m fairly quiet on the comment front. This one will be hard to wait for! Your recipes are so clean, easy, and most importantly, delicious. Can’t wait to have a whole collection! <3

  5. Kathryn from londonbakes.com

    Yeah!! I’m so excited for your book, I know it’s going to be a real inspiration to me and to so many others. Huge congrats!!

  6. Allie

    Woohooo, can’t wait!!

  7. Joy

    Congratulations! I was hoping you guys would get a book deal. I really look forward to your book.

  8. kayla from realfoodhomemade.com

    congratulations! i will be buying it the day it comes out!

  9. PL

    Awesome news! Look forward to getting a copy in my hands.

  10. dana from minimalistbaker.com

    Congrats you two!!!

  11. Congrats on the cookbook! Such exciting news. I love your food photography and bet the book will be full of lots of new, wonderful images!

  12. Jade from endlesslyenraptured.com

    Wow! So thrilled for you!

  13. Heather from currentlycraving.wordpress.com

    Congratulations on the cookbook!! You absolutely deserve it and I know it will be just beautiful.

  14. Yay. Congrats! I cannot wait. I love coming to your little space here on the blog and I cannot wait to have your beautiful, inventive, and perfectly styled recipes on my book shelf!

  15. Diane

    I absolutely cannot wait to buy your cookbook. I cannot think of another blog that makes healthy food look and taste as wonderful as you do. I only hope that you remain true to what you do here and I cannot wait to see it.

  16. Christine from mynaturalkitchenblog.com

    Congratulations!! Such wonderful, happy news about your cookbook. I know it will be a hit, and I’m looking forward to it already! xo

  17. How exciting! Congratulations!! What a huge undertaking, and certainly life changing as well. You are so talented. Keep up your amazing recipes and unique style!

  18. steph from iamafoodblog.com

    yay!!!! cannot wait to get my hands on 288 pages of never before seen veggie recipes! biggest congrats lady!!!


  19. Ale from piloncilloyvainilla.com

    Congrats!!!! Such great news!

  20. Katie

    Nice! Please let us know when said book can be pre-ordered 🙂

  21. Trish Papadakos

    Congratulations!! How incredibly exciting!

  22. sissy lamerton

    So excited for you both.”hard work and flights of fancy” have brought you where you are! Hugs,sissy

  23. Congratulations!! Such exciting news. Can’t wait to see the book! In the meantime, I’ll just continue to drool over recipes like these! Simple and gorgeous!

  24. JEANINE! This is amazing news, congrats!! I’ll be one of the first in line to buy your cookbook! Seriously cannot wait to see the final product.

  25. Congratulations! I have a couple of your recipes on my “best ever” list (I’m thinking right now of your vegan ‘mac and cheese,’ and veggie burger with musrooms & shiro miso, but there are more), I will be ordering this book for sure!

  26. Congratulations! Well deserved, and I can’t wait to read and cook my way through your first cookbook!

  27. Congratulations! I will be buying it the day it comes out of the oven!

  28. Rachel from rachelcooks.com

    Congrats!!! Can’t wait to see what I know will be a beautiful book! And this pasta! Perfect weeknight meal.

  29. termet from termet-rzeszow.pl

    Congratulation about publication! 🙂

    I love pasta and this recipe looks so simply and tasty, I can’t wait to try this 🙂

  30. Meghan from megbollenback.com

    Congratulations – that’s a huge accomplishment and something to be very proud of! Lovely pasta recipe here, too — I love garlic scapes!

  31. Katie from fromshorestoskylines.com

    I love lemon and broccoli together, and this pasta seems so simple and quick! Congrats on the cookbook, can’t wait to check it out! 🙂

  32. Ceshini

    This is very exciting news! I honestly can’t wait, I love your website and your oh so yummy recepies! I have two favorites that you must include…please and thank you! 🙂 The first one is the Sweet Potato Curried Soup, it is so good, I have made it like three times already and have been thinking about it lately! The second is The Sweet Potato Tocas, with the super delicious Avacado Lime Sauce. I made these last night (again) and had some friends over and they loved them too! These tocas are like the best thing I ever ate! Truly! Anyway, I can’t wait for next April, I absolutely want a copy of your cookbook!

  33. Judy

    That’s wonderful news! Congratulations

  34. sissy

    please include some IRON skillet recipes in your new book.
    i am making the “spring onion fritatta” tonight with my 10 year old daughter and using her new lodge brand ron skillet! (: #bargainprice@worldmarketthx!

  35. cynthia from tworedbowls.com

    AHHHH the hugest congrats, Jeanine!!!!!!! I can’t wait for this — I can only imagine how gorgeous and full of veggie goodness it’s going to be. So, so, SO exciting. Yay!!! (And oh my goodness, this pasta — yes, the perfect winter-meets-spring dinner!)

  36. Great news! Please be sure to let us know when becomes available.

  37. Maria from twopeasandtheirpod.com

    Congrats! So happy for you! I can’t wait to get a copy! xo

  38. lucy from lucysways.com

    congrats on the book!

    and definitely going to try this – perfect spring pasta!

  39. Kate from cookieandkate.com

    Hooray, it’s official! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of your cookbook. I know it will be an instant favorite!!!

  40. Congrats on plan of a new cookbook! Your work is amazing! Like this recipe, simple yet clean flavors! Loved it! I will look forward to your cookbook.

  41. A HUGE congrats! Such an incredibly exciting (& prob exhausting) time for you. You’re a real inspiration. Keep up the amazing & delicious work. Kate x

  42. You always have the best pasta recipes! I am in love with this cheesy hemp seed topping and am so excited for your cookbook. Congratulations!

  43. Elizabeth from travellingtabletales.com

    Congratulations. I absolutely love your site. I use so many of your recipes… I cannot wait to get the cookbook. xx

  44. Congrats, that’s so exciting! I can’t wait to see it, especially if it’s full of new recipes! Yay! And this recipe looks fantastic. We’re big broccoli fans in our house, so this is definitely going on the to-cook list 🙂

  45. Debra from tight-knit.net

    love the lemon pasta, looking forward to purchasing the cookbook!!!

  46. This is FANTASTIC news! A big congrats. And looking forward to hearing so much more about it. This pasta = simply heaven!

  47. katie

    Whaooo ,such a great news ! Your blog is the one blog that really need a cookbook ! Such exciting news ! But a whole year ,its too long , so many beautiful recipes from this blog ,I would love to c in the coming book … Good luck…can’t wait already ..

    • jeanine

      Ha, thanks! I know, the process is long!

  48. Andrea

    Always wishing for egg + wheat free baking recipes for my young daughter who lives with life threatening allergies.

  49. Sonia

    So happy to hear you will have a cookbook! Your blog is a favorite of mine! Would prefer not too many sweets and appetizers!

  50. Congrats, Jeanine! Such amazing news. Can’t wait to see the book!!

  51. AHHHH!!! A cookbook CAN. NOT. WAIT! Maybe I’ll make some pasta while I do wait. Congrats!

  52. Angie

    Can’t wait for the cookbook!!

    This recipe was phenomenal. Even the kids were begging for more broccoli – thanks!!

  53. Maegan

    As a long time follower, lover, maker and advocate of all things L&L, this makes me so excited!
    Following from Australia isn’t always easy due to the oppositional seasons, but I’ve made it work because you’re recipes manage to take all the ideas I have in my brain (and ingredients from the kitchen) and arrange them into plates of scrumptiousness! I’ve got so many favourites, (and adaptations of favourites) that feature in my kitchen that my husband, friends and I love eating (and I love cooking!)
    Can I put my name down for this cook book in advance? – I’m already waiting!
    Thanks guys, from the other side of the world and back!

    • jeanine

      aw, thank you Maegan – I’m glad you’re able to adapt things for the opposite season! Let me know what some of your favorites are!

  54. Angela from ohsheglows.com

    What fantastic news!!! Congrats! And welcome to the fam 🙂 I have no doubt you are going to produce one helluva good cookbook. Excited!

    • jeanine

      Thanks Angela!!!!

  55. Carol

    Hello, this is my first time reading your blog and my goodness the recipes that you have is amazing, especially the lemon broccoli pasta. The dish looks so healthy and I think it would be perfect for the people who are in diet. Also congratulations for the cook book! I would definitely look for them and try all the recipes. Thank you for the great blog!

  56. Jamie

    It looks delicious, and I can’t wait to make it! What other veggies would go well in this dish?

    • jeanine

      So many things – asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, kale…

  57. Fumi

    Congratulations on your book!
    I am Japanese and found this blog from the article about kitchen street Kappabashi. I am really looking forward your book next April.

  58. Songyul from songyul.weebly.com

    Hey Jeanine,
    Your blogs are amazing and this pasta looks amazing I want to try making this it looks delicious how long is the preparation time? Everything you blogged about looks and sounds great how do you know how to make all this? How long have you been cooking? I love trying new foods and this will definitely be something that I will try. I’m always looking for new things to cook and try out.

  59. Wow, this looks amazing! I love Lemon Broccoli Pasta so will have to try this. Thank you so much for sharing. The recipe is lovely.

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