Linguine with Garlic, Herbs and Lemon

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

A simple pasta dish made with fresh ingredients. Herbs that work well with this dish are basil, tarragon, marjoram, oregano, parsley, dill, thyme, chives, cilantro, chervil and mint. I like to go heavy on the basil(about a cup) and then combine one or two other herbs.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Meanwhile, warm oil and garlic in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, being careful not to brown or burn.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and salt to taste.
  5. The water should be close to boiling.
  6. At this point, add salt and the linguine.
  7. Cook until pasta is al dente (follow the directions on the package since cooking times vary product to product).
  8. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water in a small bowl.
  9. When pasta is cooked, drain and toss with garlic mixture, herbs and lemon juice.
  10. Add the reserved pasta water as needed to keep the pasta moist and a little saucy.
  11. Serve immediately.


Most Helpful

Light, delicious and easy. I used a combination of basil, cilantro and a tiny bit of mint. I cut down the oil to just a teaspoon, as we are watching our fat intake.

Sueie February 20, 2003

We had this last night for dinner. (I used basil alone since that was all that I had in the house) It was extremely easy to make. It was also very refreshing and not at all heavy. I ate 2 servings! With a salad and garlic bread, this makes a quick, summery meal. Thanks for the recipe.

Malriah October 23, 2002

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