Lemon and Basil Spaghetti

I wanted to serve a nice and light pasta to pair with the Chicken Thigh Piccata that I was making for dinner. I cooked up some simple spaghetti and drizzled it with fresh lemon juice and olive oil and tossed in some fresh basil then seasoned it with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. I finished it by topping it with fresh parmesan cheese. It was light, delicious, and it paired perfectly with the chicken. I liked how quick and simple it was to make and that it made the dinner a little extra special. We all loved the pasta.

Heat a large pot of water until boiling. Season with the water well with sea salt then cook the pasta per instructions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of pasta water, then place into a serving bowl. Drizzle the pasta with the lemon juice,  olive oil, and freshly chopped basil then season well with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; add a few tablespoons of reserved pasta water if needed.  Top with fresh Parmesan then serve immediately. Enjoy.

 

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Lemon and Basil Spaghetti

Yield: 4

Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb spaghetti noodles, cooked per instructions
Juice from two small lemons
2-3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat a large pot of water until boiling. Season with the water well with sea salt then cook the pasta per instructions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of pasta water, then place into a serving bowl. Drizzle the pasta with the lemon juice, olive oil, and freshly chopped basil then season well with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; add a few tablespoons of reserved pasta water if needed. Top with fresh Parmesan then serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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20 Responses to “Lemon and Basil Spaghetti”

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    Sarah Toasty — January 12, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    simple done right is always the best! my favorite is pasta tossed in olive oil steeped with smashed garlic and red pepper flake while the pasta cooks. it’s always in the pantry and it’s always good. always need that reminder every now and then, thanks for sharing!

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    mia xara — January 12, 2014 @ 10:37 pm

    Very light and simple side dish, Pam! It really is well paired with your previously posted chicken recipe!

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    recipesask — January 12, 2014 @ 11:38 pm

    Great Recipe!!! It really looks fabulous and delicious…Thanks for this Post!!!

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    lenia — January 13, 2014 @ 12:54 am

    Simplicity at its best!
    Love it!Have a lovely week,dear!

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    Joyce — January 13, 2014 @ 2:01 am

    great post! I like the pictures.
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    Wow this looks so good!

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    Lia — January 13, 2014 @ 2:25 am

    Simple but delicious combination and that will be my dinner for tonight.
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Jamie Sarner — January 13, 2014 @ 3:22 am

    Great choice! I use to combine lemons with basil quite regularly and putting it onto light pasta is one of my favourite moves. Glad I’m not alone!

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    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) — January 13, 2014 @ 4:59 am

    So simple and so perfect in flavor. This will be on our dinner table this week. Thanks for the reminder that I have all these ingredients in my kitchen. :)

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    Kim in MD — January 13, 2014 @ 5:03 am

    Yum! Sometimes the most simple recipes are the most delicious! I imagine this pasta was perfect with the chicken piccata, and that your children loved it!

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    Joanne — January 13, 2014 @ 5:18 am

    Lemon makes me so happy these days! This is such a great side dish.

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    gloria — January 13, 2014 @ 7:25 am

    this look absolutely delicious Pam I love basil always!
    I have to buy spaguetti my kids will love this!! xx

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    Peggy Recker — January 13, 2014 @ 7:53 am

    Oh that sounds wonderful!

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    michael — January 13, 2014 @ 9:10 am

    I love lemon and basil pasta, looks delicious! I make it with angel hair pasta, :-)

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — January 13, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    This spaghetti will go with anything!

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    Caroline Taylor — January 13, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    This sounds great, so nice and simple.

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — January 13, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    I used to make a very similar pasta dish a lot several years ago. But somehow it doesn’t turn out the same with gluten-free pasta…

    Anyway, sounds delicious!

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    Marjie — January 13, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    Perfect side dish!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — January 13, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

    All my favorite flavors, this looks fantastic. it would go with just about anything!

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    Blond Duck — January 13, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

    Simple and easy!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — January 13, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

    A simple and very flavourful pasta recipe, Pam.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Angie

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