Spaghetti With Fresh Lemon And Basil



Prep Time

10 minutes

Cooking Time

10 minutes

  • 1 pound spaghetti

  • 2/3 cup olive oil

  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

  • 2 fresh lemons

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped

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1) Juice the lemons to yield 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice

2) Grate lemon peels to yield 1 tablespoon lemon zest

3) Whisk the oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper in a large bowl to blend

4) Set the lemon sauce aside

5) Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil

6) Add the spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes

7) Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid

8) Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest

9) Toss the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten

10) Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste

11) Transfer to bowls and serve

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