Lemon Spaghetti #SundaySupper

July 28, 2013 No Comments by Champagne Girl

Lemons have always been one of my favorite ingredients and I use them in everything from desserts and entrees to cocktails and more. I begin each day with a cup of hot water and lemon and love how it energizes me and get me ready for the challenges ahead. There are a few local markets where I visit on a regular basis to pick up produce and of course, lemons. One of my favorite dishes is lemon spaghetti and I use only the best local produce to make this dish that is perfect for a main course or as a side with grilled fish. I discovered this particular recipe about 7 years ago while I was home with my newborn son and watching the Food Network. Rachel Ray made lemon spaghetti and after watching the episode, I raced to the market and picked up the ingredients to make this dish. It came out fantastic and this has remained one of my favorite go-to dishes. I often prefer to use whole wheat pasta and sometimes will add shrimp if I am serving this as a main course. There are so many ways to enjoy this dish and I encourage you to give it your own personal touch. Meyer lemons, when in season, are great in this dish and I love how they enhance the flavor. While visiting your local produce stand, seek out the juiciest lemons and biggest garlic heads you can find. I grow my own basil so I just grab a bunch from my basil pot when I make this dish. Italian parsley can be omitted, as my kids do not like it. Here is the basic recipe, I hope you enjoy it. Mangia!

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Lemon Spaghetti #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • **Recipe Courtesy of Rachael Ray
  • Ingredients
  • Salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 3 turns of the pan
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (10 or 12 leaves) fresh basil, very thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and drop the spaghetti into the pot.
  2. Heat a large deep skillet over low heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and garlic and crushed red pepper flakes.
  3. When the pasta has been cooking about 5 minutes, add lemon juice, a ladle of the cooking water from the pasta and the cream to the garlic and oil. Raise heat a bit to bring sauce to a bubble.
  4. Drain pasta when it still has a good bite to it, al dente. Add lemon zest and half of the cheese to the cream sauce. Season the sauce with salt, to taste. Add pasta to pan and turn off heat. Toss the pasta with sauce a minute or 2, allowing it time to soak up the sauce.
  5. Top the plates of pasta or platter with remaining cheese, parsley and basil.
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