Lemon Garlic Broccoli Tortellini


Before school started, Kylie made a list of the snacks and lunch items she’d want for the school year. I told her we’d be happy to buy her a meal card, even though she’d decided to live at home.  Most important to her was keeping a healthy diet, so she did a lot of research on “good for you” lunches that she could enjoy.  It turns out, with her schedule, she is able to eat lunch at home every day, which is awesome, because Kylie and I get to sit down to lunch together either after school (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) or before school (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Three days a week Kylie gets home between 1:00 and 1:30 and I wait for her so that we can enjoy lunch together and talk about her day. Days like today, she will eat before she goes and we can chat about what’s to come for the rest of her day. I consider myself so lucky that even though my daughter is in college, we still get to share our meals together.

One of the lunch ideas that came up, as she was doing her research on healthy lunches and snacks, was tortellini. I thought I’d get her lunch prepared today for her today while she was upstairs getting ready. In the refrigerator, I noticed I had a package of tortellini so I decided to make that for her. I also had uncooked broccoli left over from yesterday’s stuffed potato recipe. I decided I’d boil the broccoli together with the tortellini and while that was cooking, I’d make a little lemon, garlic, and olive oil sauce for the pasta.


I added a lot of broccoli to the tortellini. I wanted it to be a vegetable heavy lunch. For my sauce, I cooked two cloves of garlic in a quarter cup of olive oil. After about 45 seconds, I added the juice of one lemon and continued to let my sauce simmer for about 3 minutes. To the sauce I added my drained, cooked tortellini and broccoli, as well as fresh grated parmesan and red pepper flakes.


This dish was very fresh tasting with the broccoli and lemon … it could even be served cold the next day for lunch. Our lunch was prepared in next to no time at all!



  • 1 10 ounce package of refrigerated tortellini
  • 1-2 cups cooked broccoli (I used 2)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/8 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Cook tortellini and broccoli in salted, boiling water.
  2. Heat olive oil in small saucepan, adding minced garlic. Cook for 45 seconds.
  3. Add juice of lemon and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add tortellini and broccoli to sauce.
  5. Sprinkle lemon zest and red pepper flakes over pasta and broccoli.
  6. Add shredded parmesan to pan and mix together.


Until next time, Kris




Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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