Dinner Ideas for Two – Broccoli, Brie, and Walnut Rotini

I’m always on the lookout for great dinner ideas for two. It’s just Keith and I and so many recipes are geared for at least four, which is great for next day lunches and near zero effort dinners, but sometimes I want to cook just enough for a single meal.

broccoli brie and walnut rotini

For a special occasion dinner, like an anniversary or birthday, I’m happy to spend a lot of time planning and preparing a meal even when it’s just for two. But for weeknights and lazy weekend days, I want delicious dishes that come together quickly. It’s funny, as I looked back over past posts, I realized that I’ve been unintentionally building a repertoire of recipes for two. So I’ve added a Dinner Ideas For Two category. Of course the recipes are easily scaled up, but they’re my little nod to the two-person family.

broccoli brie and walnuts

This dish will fit right in. It’s a nice mixture of fresh and rich flavor and you can prepare it in the time it takes to boil pasta. You’ll find it’s a versatile dish; experiment with different nuts, veggies, cheeses, and pasta shapes.

Looking for more dinner for two ideas? How about these:

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Broccoli, Brie, and Walnut Rotini
Do your prep work while you heat your water. You'll have dinner made in 15 minutes flat. If you like your broccoli well done, add it to the pasta water 5 to 7 minutes before the pasta is done.
  • 4 ounces whole wheat rotini
  • 1 medium head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 ounces brie, cut into bite size chunks
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ounce toasted walnuts, chopped
  1. Heat a large pot of salted water to boil. Once water boils, add rotini and cook according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, divide the chunks of brie between 2 bowls and set aside.
  3. When pasta is 4 minutes from being done, add broccoli florets to boiling water.
  4. Once pasta is al dente and broccoli is crisp-tender, drain them together in a colander, reserving ½ cup or more of the cooking water.
  5. Divide the hot broccoli and pasta between the two bowls, tossing it with the brie chunks so that they begin to melt.
  6. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over each bowl and toss again. If pasta seems dry, add some of the reserved cooking liquid and toss.
  7. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Top each bowl with ½ ounce of chopped walnuts and serve.
Serves 2

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  1. says

    Quick hearty pastas like this are definitely some of my favorite weeknight dinners! We’d probably end up using grated parmesan instead of brie at our house, though. Hard salty cheeses for life! :)

  2. Angie R. says

    So, this recipe…so YUMMY! Great combination of flavors. I made it two nights ago for dinner and had it yesterday and today for lunch. It is even better the next day. I don’t know how to cook without using garlic or garlic powder, so I added a little, which worked well with all the flavors. Thank you for a keeper recipe! My husband and I love it.


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