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Lemon Spaghetti

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Lemon Spaghetti is light, fresh and perfect for a nice hot day. This will soon become your new favorite pasta dish as it combines spaghetti, parmesan cheese, lemon, and basil to create one of the easiest pasta dishes to make!  

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I love light fresh pasta dishes! They are perfect to enjoy on nice hot days. If you are a lover of light pasta dishes then you are going to love this lemon spaghetti. It is bursting with so much flavor and perfect for those nights that you just want something easy. You will love that the sauce is literally ready in minutes while your water boils and doesn’t even need to be cooked. 

Add this pasta favorite to our others like Authentic Italian Carbonara and Easy Zoodles with homemade Alfredo Sauce so that you can put smiles on the pasta lovers faces every night of the week!

Ingredients:

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1 lb spaghetti, cooked – reserve 1 cup pasta water 

⅔ cup olive oil 

⅔ cup parmesan cheese + additional for garnish 

¾ cup fresh lemon juice 

1 tablespoon dry basil 

2 tablespoons lemon zest, divided 

Salt & pepper to taste 

Lemon slices for garnish 

How to make Lemon Spaghetti

  • Cook pasta per package directions, drain – reserve 1 cup pasta water, set aside
  • Whisk together all remaining ingredients except 1 tablespoon of lemon zest and lemon slices 
  • Toss into cooked spaghetti until well coated – use reserved pasta water to loosen sauce if needed 
  • Garnish with parmesan, lemon zest, and lemon slices 
  • Serve and enjoy!! 

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • This is a great vegetarian dish, but you can easily add a protein as well without losing the flavor of the dish. 
  • Another option is to add steamed vegetables to keep it nice and fresh. Try mushrooms, zucchini or even asparagus. 
  • Pasta water is the secret ingredient. This will help prevent your noodles from sticking to one another and it helps thicken the sauce and actually stick to the noodles. If you have not done this before, now is the time to start! 
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Storage

This dish is best enjoyed right away because of the freshness of it. If you choose you can refrigerate it for a day or two, but it will lose some of its flavor. 

What do you serve with lemon spaghetti?

Lemon spaghetti can easily be served as a main dish especially paired with a crusty bread, but if you want to serve it alongside a protein chicken, shrimp, fish, or crab would be a great fit. You can either mix it into the pasta or on the side. Really the possibilities are endless with this flavor. 

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Yield: 1 lb

Lemon Spaghetti

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Lemon Spaghetti is light, fresh and perfect for a nice hot day. This will soon become your new favorite pasta dish as it combines spaghetti, parmesan cheese, lemon, and basil to create one of the easiest pasta dishes to make!  

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb spaghetti, cooked - reserve 1 cup pasta water
  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  • ⅔ cup parmesan cheese + additional for garnish
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dry basil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest, divided
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Instructions

    Preparation Instructions:

    1. Cook pasta per package directions, drain - reserve 1 cup pasta water, set aside
    2. Whisk together all remaining ingredients except 1 tablespoon of lemon zest and lemon slices 
    3. Toss into cooked spaghetti until well coated - use reserved pasta water to loosen sauce if needed 
    4. Garnish with parmesan, lemon zest, and lemon slices 
    5. Serve and enjoy!! 

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    4

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 621Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 386mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 13g

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