Spaghetti With Fresh Lemon And Basil

Serves: 8 people
Cooking Time: 20 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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Spaghetti, lemon, and basil are your tickets to a simple and refreshing dish.
  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.