Meatless Mondays: Lemon Spaghetti
Meatless Mondays are back with a vegetarian pasta recipe. (And, I ACTUALLY did make this on a Monday!)
This simple dish — requiring only a few ingredients — is packed with lemony flavor. Because I had some fresh asparagus and Italian parsley in the fridge, I added both to the recipe. I cooked the asparagus in the pasta pot for the last 3 to 4 minutes that spaghetti cooked. And, I topped the pasta with the lemon zest and a combo of fresh basil and parsley.
- The ingredients
This fresh tasting dish was perfect for a summer night!
- Lemony goodness!
Giada De Laurentiis
- 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
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 basil.
6 thoughts on “Meatless Mondays: Lemon Spaghetti”
<![CDATA[I love the addition of photos! I would say that I see a (hardbound) cookbook in your future, but this online cookbook is so much better!]]>
<![CDATA[Thanks, Stacy!! Working on improving the photos...food is hard to photograph!]]>
<![CDATA[I was following up what people were saying about Bittman's 101 salads... when I came across this blog - - is not this spaghetti Lovely? I even served it New Years Eve because it's so easy and foolproof.]]>
I made this recipe a long time ago and loved it, but it somehow fell out of my repertoire. Thanks so much for the reminder–I can’t wait to make it again soon.
Thanks for the comment, Dana! I hadn’t made it since last summer but then my sister-in-law reminded me about it. Such a simple recipe but so delicious!