Lemon Parmesan Spaghetti

by Mama Chocolate on January 6, 2012

This recipe comes from reader Melissa at SAPsMaMa!

Lemon Parmesan Spaghetti

makes 6 servings

  • 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

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until it is tender but still firm to the
bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Whisk the lemon juice, oil and Parmesan in a bowl to blend.

2. Drain the pasta and reserve approximately 1 c. of the pasta water. Toss the pasta with the
lemon sauce, and pasta water, adding 1/4 c. at a time as needed to moisten. Season with salt and
pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and chopped basil.

Tip: To make this dish more substantial, add in sliced pieces of grilled chicken.

This dish was delicious! I added some shredded chicken to it after the pic, (good thing too, ’cause it wasn’t pretty chicken by any means,) but next time I would love to grill some chicken and slice it, set alongside.

I loved the lemon flavor, but beware if you aren’t a lemon-lover: I didn’t even do the full 1/2 cup of lemon juice and it was super lemony. So just go easy until you find a good balance for your taste buds.

Melissa makes some alterations also, that you may be interested in! She says:

“I do make alterations to the recipe though, I use organic noodles, the same kind that you usually see with Alfredo sauces but I”m not sure what they’re called! I only use 2 lemons juice, no lemon zest (it gets too lemony!), I put a pound of chicken in it, add some garlic salt (about 2 ts) and 1 ts pepper. Also I only use 1/3c of oil not 2 and I use grapeseed oil not olive oil :-)”


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Nicole @ Some Call It Natural January 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Sounds very…. lemony… :)

Yes, that’s a word.
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Mary Beth Elderton January 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

This sounds wonderful! I’d add veggies (I add veggies to most things)–I’m gping to try it tomorrow.


Anna January 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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Bertha Brown January 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

Sounds like something I would love to try to make for my glade party. Bookmarked.
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Erinn Sluka January 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

That looks delicious!
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{Not Quite} Susie Homemaker January 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

That looks SO good! Pinning this for later! <3
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Zinedine January 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I done this recipe. You can putt an egg or two inside no problem ;) Try it.
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Mama Chocolate January 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

That actually sounds good! I have another pasta recipe that you put eggs in, Salerno Pasta, that you should check out!


Annette Golphin January 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Wow, that looks delicious! I never taste like this before, love to try this at home.
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