In My Kitchen: Cheesy Broccoli Tortellini with Fried Lemon

Earlier, I shared a light and yummy Lemon Broccoli Tortellini recipe. This recipe is similar, but it adds butter and Parmesan cheese to make a cheesy, decadent sauce. When you’re interested in being not so healthy, try out this version as well.

Which version do you like better?

You’ll need:

  • 20 oz cheese tortellini, fresh or frozen
  • 2 heads broccoli, florets chopped
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook tortellini until al dente.
  2. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and set aside. Drain tortellini and set aside.
  3. While the water boils for the pasta, steam broccoli with water in microwave until it’s as soft or as crispy as you want. Drain broccoli and set aside.
  4. In a large skillet, fry the garlic and lemon slices in olive oil until fragrant. Add broccoli and lemon juice. When the sauce has reduced, add in butter.
  5. Stir in tortellini, Parmesan cheese and as much reserved pasta water as needed until you all the pasta is coated. Top with chopped chives, if desired, and serve!

Source: Adapted from a recipe by Half Baked Harvest

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