Lemon Spaghetti

Total Time
10 mins
10 mins

This recipe came from Giada de Laurentis on the Food Network. I saw her make this and I was amazed at how simple it was! It's like being a gourmet cook yet fooling everyone--!!! Tastes so light and fresh, but yet so satisfying for those pasta cravings we sometimes get! Very Italian...Yum!

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  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water according to package directions (until al-dente') Stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the olive oil, Parmesan cheese and lemon juice in a large bowl.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  4. Toss the pasta with the lemon sauce, and add the reserved cooking liquid and toss again. (Adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed to moisten.).
  5. Season with the salt & pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and chopped basil.
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4 5

This is also in one of her cookbooks. I've made it a few times. I like it but I don't love it (and yet I keep making it...says something). I often add asparagus and or avocado to this as well. Last time I used a whole avocado instead of any olive oil and blended all of the sauce together. Pretty tasty!

5 5

Really enjoyed this. I cut the olive oil down by half. Didn`t have basil so I used fresh thyme. Next few times I will try adding parsley, capets, sundried tomato, artichoke hearts, shrimp or chicken. I zested 1 large lemon

4 5

I made this for a side dish to go with some fish and the kids really liked this. I wasn't sure I liked the olive oil in this, I thought it overpowered the dish. However, I will continue to make this as my kids kept eating and eating....lol. Thank you for a kids favorite in my house.