Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Spaghetti al Limone


A classic Italian flavor that you may not often associate with Italian cooking is lemon.  Lemon in cookies, in pastries, lemon cakes, lemon fish, if there is a place to use lemon, we Italians will use it.  Oddly, I do not care for a lemon meringue pie.  Perhaps I have just never had a really good one.  I am picky about my meringues, and my pies.

Trying to keep things light and having a pantry that is full, but nothing defrosted from the freezer I remembered the spaghetti al limone (Spaghetti with Lemon Sauce) I had loved years ago.  Most Italians that make this light and refreshing dish make the sauce in a bowl, using a no cook method.  I personally prefer the stove top to cook the garlic and help thicken the sauce.

I hope you enjoy it!  We did.  Em and I couldn't get enough.  Mr. W doesn't care for olive oil as much as Em and I do.

Spaghetti al Limone
1 pound spaghetti
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, ground on microplane or minced
2/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (2 large lemons juiced)
Salt
Fresh cracked black pepper
1 lemon zested (about 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally

In a medium pan add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 garlic cloves.  Cook garlic until starting to brown.  Add the remaining olive oil, lemon juice and parmesan to the pan.  Whisk until combined and thickened.


Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Add 1 cup of the pasta water to the pan with the olive oil and lemon.  Whisk until thickened.  Add the sauce to the pasta and toss well to combine.

 

Season with salt and pepper.  Add lemon zest and parsley and combine.

Serve immediately. 

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com

29 comments:

  1. awesome flavors...sounds especially tasty dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  2. Seriously WHY must you do this to me?!?! I love love lemon in my food. I actually hated lemon up until a year ago when I tried chicken piccata and I have been obsessed ever since. I think you just gave me my dinner idea tonight. Looks so DELICIOUS!

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  3. Donna, did you survive Haboob II? Yuck!
    I was just looking at a Giada cookbook last night and saw a lemon spaghetti recipe that intrigued me. Seeing that and your post are signs, I'm sure! Love lemon so will definitely have to give this a try. Maybe if I make my Lemon Meringue for you you'll be a convert. ;-)

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  4. Good luck with that, Lynne. Silly girl just doesn't love Lemon Meringue. However, if you make the pie for Donna, I'll happily come and take it off her hands.

    I love lemon pasta. It makes me incredibly happy. :)

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  5. This is perfect for summer! I love the refreshing flavor of lemon!

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  6. Your spaghetti with lemon looks delicious! My kids and myself love lemons but not my hubby!
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for following too! You have a lovely site here. I'm following you too. Will see you again, have a lovely day!

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  7. simple and delicious! look forward to learn more italian cooking here too and following you back. Cheers!

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  8. I know it's not thought of as tyically Italian but, you're right, lemon is essential in Italian cooking. I scrape a bit --just a little bit -- of zest in any ricotta filling, sweet or savory Makes a big difference!

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  9. Ghsoh...This looks too inviting...!! Im a huge fan of Italian recipes...pastas in particular & would love try this lemony version..:)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  10. This looks and sounds delicious! Even though you included a lot of lemon flavor, it wasn't as much as all the lemon Giada de Laurentiis adds in her fettucine alfredo! Looking forward to trying your recipe. Thanks for commenting on my blog! I've added yours to my Google Reader and look forward to reading your future Italian recipe posts!

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  11. Love this recipe. I have had something like it. This looks perfect for summer -- so light and lovely. Joni

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  12. I was just talking to my son about dinner plans.... I said, "How about cold pasta salad?"..... he said, "How about spaghetti?".... I think we found a compromise!!! I will make this tonight and let you know how it goes!! Thanks for the perfect timing!

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  13. Sounds wonderful! I've never had a pasta like this before but I definitely want to try it!

    I love lemon meringue pie by the way! You remind me it's been a long, long time since I've made it! :)

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  14. I cant wait to discover your blog! Everything looks insanely good!

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  15. A GREAT flavor combination! Wish I had fresh lemons to make this =(

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  16. Can't go wrong with lemon and garlic in my book. Quick, easy and DELICIOUS :) The best kind of recipe!

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  17. I love lemon but not a big lemon meringue pie fan either! Maybe I just haven't had a really good one? This pasta looks so light and refreshing!

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  18. I absolutely love lemon and cheese in pasta! it has a way for not making you feel as bad for eating all that cheese! its just so refreshing and hearty at the same time! :) Thanks for following me! Your blog is amazing...following you back!!! :)

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  19. Hopefully this link will take you to a photo of my dinner ! We made your lovely lemon pasta tonight and it was great! http://bit.ly/mT1OEK

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  20. I love lemon with pasta. I have a similar recipe to this one, but it also calls for shrimp. Delicious!

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  21. so simple, so light and so delicious. The perfect meal for a busy day! I love it

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  22. Thatz one yummy recipe:-)Simple, tangy and delicious..This one is a keeper recipe:-)

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  23. Love this! Just made it tonight with chicken breast. I want two more bowls...

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  24. I am so happy to hear that you loved it! Chicken sounds perfect with it too!

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  25. I love spaghetti since I was a child. My mom always cooks me, my brothers and my sister whenever it's our birthday or other special occasions that needs celebrating. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Now I can cook for my mom.

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  26. I grew up eating this pasta - I LOVE it!

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  27. Just made this for dinner with perch and veggies. Amazing!!

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  28. I'll be making this tonight, with shrimp! :) yummy!!

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