Lemon Spaghetti


This is one of those dishes that hardly needs a recipe. It’s quick and it’s easy.

It’s my go-to-recipe when I want a simple summer meal.

Although this serves two generous portions, it is very good with polpette con limone. 

Lemon Spaghetti is light, refreshing and really satisfying when I need a pasta fix. This delightful dish leaves you full but not stuffed, saving plenty of room for dessert! Perhaps, some lemon sorbet with candied basil and a plate of lemon Biscotti.



  • 1/2 pound pasta
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (Delicate or lemon olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large saucepan, cook the pasta (I use spaghetti or angel hair) in salted water until tender.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk the olive oil, cheese, lemon juice and salt.
  3. When the pasta is done, drain and return to the saucepan.
  4. Give the lemon sauce a quick whisk to blend the ingredients, pour over the pasta in the pan.
  5. Toss in the basil, parsley and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


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