Herbed Spaghetti With Butter

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

From Every Day Food.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • coarse salt and pepper
  • 12 lb thin whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 14 cup finely chopped fresh herb (such as parsley, tarragon, and chives)


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions.
  2. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
  3. Return pasta to pot.
  4. Stir in butter, lemon zest, juice, and herbs
  5. season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add some of the reserved pasta water to adjust consistency, if needed.
  7. Serve.


Most Helpful

I made a half batch of this to go alongside some steak & vegies using fresh parsley, basil, oregano & thyme. I love the subtleness of the lemon flavour with the herbs, very simple way to jazz up the humble spaghetti.

**Mandy** September 18, 2007

I made this with a little extra butter (about 1.5 tbsp) and only using fresh parsley for the herbs. I would not try this with dried herbs as I think the flavour would not be anywhere near as good. It was quite good with a subtle flavour. I will definitely be making this again.

Canadian_in_the_Bay March 06, 2007

I used a combo of whole-wheat, spinach and regular spaghetti. Used the herbs suggested, only dried. It was okay. It seemed like it needed some oil. I like my husband's recipe better. I might try it again with some added oil and see if it changes the flavor.

WI Cheesehead January 28, 2007

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