Lemon Pasta

Adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow's "My Father's Daughter."

Yield: 4 servings
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  • 3/4 pound(s) spaghetti (or fettucine)
  • 1 whole(s) lemon
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) finely grated parmesan cheese (plus extra for serving)
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 3-5 tablespoon(s) pasta water
  • 1 bunch(es) basil


  1. 1. Boil the spaghetti in salted boiling water, according to package directions.

  2. 2. Meanwhile, using a microplane grater (if you have one, otherwise use a box grater), grate the zest from the lemon into a large mixing bowl. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl (GP suggests using the grater as a strainer to ensure the seeds don't get into the bowl). Add the 1 1/2 cups parmesan, pepper, pinch of kosher salt and mix in the olive oil to form a wet paste.

  3. 3. When the spaghetti is cooked, reserve some of the cooking water and add 2 or 3 tablespoons of it to the lemon mixture. Add the spaghetti to the bowl and toss to combine, adding another tablespoon or two of pasta water if needed. Roughly tear in a bunch of basil leaves to taste.

  4. 4. Serve each portion with a sprinkle of kosher salt, a touch of pepper and a few gratings of parmesan cheese
May 2013

This recipe is a personal recipe added by CKSchirmeier and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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