When it’s cold and snowy out, all I crave is warm and cozy meals. And this Baked Feta Broccoli Pasta with Lemon is an amazing cozy dinner that’s also very light. If you like my Baked Feta Pasta recipe, you will love this one too!
I created this simple lemon pasta recipe as I was gifted some lemons from a friend. I love getting fresh lemons during citrus season! And in this easy baked penne pasta recipe, I use a little lemon zest to give it a light zesty flavor!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
The lemon pairs so well with the broccoli and kale, making this simple lemon pasta recipe one that you’ll want to make over and over! This easy baked penne pasta recipe makes a good amount of pasta. So if you have a big family or are hosting guests, this is a great meal to make! I actually made this and gifted some to a friend who had a sick kid, so they had dinner, and Delaney and I were still able to enjoy some too!
Can I make this ahead of time?
This is a great meal to make ahead of time as it reheats very well. So, if you have to make it in advance, you can store it covered in the fridge and just warm it up for easy leftovers anytime!
Can I use another type of vegetable?
Of course, you can swap out the broccoli or kale for other veggies. For the broccoli, you could swap cherry tomatoes, zucchini, or mushrooms. And for the kale, you could use spinach instead.
Can I add meat?
If you want to add more protein to this meal you could add in chicken or my Homemade Italian Sausage. Or you could use the Organic Prairie Italian Ground Beef as it’s so quick and easy to cook up. Delaney and I made this simple lemon pasta recipe with this beef recently, and it’s so good!
Ingredients for Baked Feta Broccoli Pasta with Lemon
Organic Penne Noodles
Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you're making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don't need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.
Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it's already a healthy recipe, or you're already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn't mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Baked Feta Broccoli Pasta with LemonDifficulty: Easy
This easy baked penne pasta recipe makes dinner delicious and easy! Baked Feta Broccoli Pasta with Lemon is a simple lemon pasta recipe that everyone will love!
1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Fresh Jax Organic Lemon Pepper Spice
1 pound organic noodles
8 ounces organic Feta
3 cups organic kale
3 cups organic broccoli florets
3 cups organic kale
1 organic lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, add the olive oil and lemon pepper spice mix and whisk together.
- Add the block of feta in the middle of the baking pan. Add the broccoli around the feta and stir to coat completely in the olive oil.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the broccoli is cooked and cheese looks melty.
- While the feta is baking, cook noodles per the instructions on the box.
- Remove the feta from the oven and add in the cooked noodles and kale. Stir to combine completely, breaking the feta and letting it coat the noodles. Add salt and pepper to taste and zest with lemon.
- Serve immediately.
- Gluten Free — Use gluten free noodles.
- High Altitude — Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until tomatoes burst and the feta is melty. Follow the recipe of recipe as noted.
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