You know my rule with pasta, if you eat it, load it with vegetables. Colorful, filling, antioxidant rich vegetables. This Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini is a perfect example of a quick and easy veggie loaded one pot meal pasta meal!
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A pink platter overflowing with Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini

A 20 Minute Vegetarian Meal!

This meal may look fancy, because it kind of is, but fancy doesn’t have to be time consuming. In fact this meal can be made in about 20 minutes! Here is how you do it…

A platter of Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini with turquoise serving utensils

How to:

To make this meal in a flash, I blanche the rainbow carrots and broccolini right in the pot with the pasta. Who doesn’t love a one pot meal? In fact the most time consuming part of this recipe is waiting for the pasta water to boil.

Broccolini, garlic and Rainbow Carrots on a white background

The Fresh and Easy Sauce:

This pasta is tossed with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and lemon. All good things that add a lot of flavor as well as antioxidants and healthy fats!

A white bowl with olive oil and lemon juice, a whisk, microplane and slice of lemon rest on a white background


Look at the color of those carrots! And I am sure you have noticed that platter by now, it is lovingly handmade by Nikki at . Swoon right? You can check out her Etsy Shop here.

Ingredients for Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini on a round cutting board

Toss all ingredients together with little sea salt and parmesan, garnish with pine nuts and parsley and you have yourself one amazingly beautiful, delicious meal with very little work!

A platter with Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini: Another 15 Minute Meal!


If you live without gluten you don’t have to miss out on exceptional pasta! Jovial Foods makes the best gluten free pasta around. I am lucky enough to live by a store that carries it, but if you aren’t you can order it here!

The Recipe: Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini

Tips and what you will need:  (contains affiliate links) make sure you slice the carrots VERY thinly so they will blanche quickly. You will need a microplane for zesting citrus, grating parmesan and garlic. A good knife is always a must!

Casual Friday: Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

A colorful and easy to make pasta!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, easy pasta recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
  • 16 oz linguini cooked to package instructions ( my favorite gluten free recommended above)
  • 1 bunch broccolini, trimmed
  • 8 small rainbow carrots, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 2 small cloves garlic, peeled and grated with microplane
  • juice and zest of one small lemon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley 
  • 1/2 -1 cup parmesan cheese (omit for vegan option)
  1. Place large stock pot filled with water and some 2 tsp sea salt on high heat.
  2. While waiting for water to boil peel, chop and slice veggies and herbs
  3. When water boils add pasta and set timer for three minutes less than advised cooking time on pasta box. When timer goes off add vegetables to pasta water. Set timer for three more minutes,
  4. Place olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and lemon zest in a bowl and whisk.
  5. When timer goes off, strain pasta and veggies in colander. Do not rinse.
  6. Pour onto a platter. Pour olive oil mixture over pasta and toss.
  7. If more oil is needed feel free to add it
  8. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste and toss. Add parmesan (optional) toss.
  9. Garnish with pine nuts and parsley. Serve.

My oh my….

Linguini with Rainbow Carrots and Broccolini: Another 20 Minute Meal!

Simple and glorious! Please share if you feel so inclined ~ Linda Spiker



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