Lemon Spaghetti

Recipe submitted by: Aimee Mendoza
Recipe courtesy of: Giada De Laurentiis

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lemon spaghetti

One of the easiest pasta dishes you'll ever make, all you have to do is boil the water for the past

Prep Time:
5 minutes
Cook Time:
20 minutes


⅔ cup olive oil
⅔ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
¾ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 pound spaghetti
⅓ cup chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and ¾ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper to blend. Set the lemon sauce aside. (The sauce can be made up to 8 hours ahead.
  2. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using).
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil
  4. Add the spaghetti and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
  5. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  6. Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest.
  7. Toss the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten.
  8. Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to bowls and serve.

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