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April 14, 2010

Lemon Spaghetti


I love the fresh flavors of springtime and lemon is definitely one of my favorite.  A few years ago when I found this recipe for Lemon Spaghetti from Giada DeLaurentiis on Food Network I knew that I had to try it.  Ever since then I've made it numerous times, and many times a variation of it when I'm working from home and want a quick lunch that isn't my normal deli-sandwich.  Now that we're in full-on spring mode I knew this was the perfect time to make this dish again.  It's such a refreshing and light take on spaghetti with simple flavors: lemon, olive oil, Parmesan cheese and basil (though occasionally I make with parsley as you can see - it all depends what I have on hand).

Throw some grilled chicken on top and you've got a great main course as well.  I am not a seafood fan but I would imagine that this would be great with some seafood as well (salmon perhaps - some shrimp...)


Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (or Parsley if that's what you have)

Directions

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the oil, Parmesan, and lemon juice in a large bowl to blend.
Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Toss the pasta with the lemon sauce, and the reserved cooking liquid, adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed to moisten. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and chopped herbs.

Source: Giada DeLaurentiis, from Food Network



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