April 27, 2022

Lemon Spaghetti

This is my very favorite go-to quick weeknight meal that the whole family loves! 

I love a meal that can come together deliciously with very few ingredients, or with things you most likely aleady have in your pantry and fridge. This lemon spaghetti definitely falls into that category.

I first saw this recipe on the Food Network being made by Giada De Laurentis and I’ve been making it ever since.  My love for anything lemon drew me right in and I had to make it.  I’m so glad I did, because this pasta dish is in regular rotation at my house now!

It comes together really quickly…you can prep the sauce while the pasta is cooking for 10 minutes.  So, if you’re in a time crunch, this is a winner.  Try it as a side dish along side grilled/sauteed fish or chicken as well. 

Bon Appetit!!

Recipe from giadzy.com.

Lemon Spaghetti

One of the easiest pasta dishes you'll ever make, great as a light meal or as a side dish, especially for grilled fish.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2/3 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice from about 2 lemons
  • 3/4 tsp salt plus more to taste
  • 1 lb dried spaghetti or any long pasta
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon zest from about 2 lemons


  • In a large bowl, whisk the oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, 3/4 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp pepper to blend. Set the lemon sauce aside. (The sauce can be made up to 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving.)
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  • Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest. Toss the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time to moisten. Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to bowls and serve.

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