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Easy Lemon Pasta Recipe

  • Author: Mortadella Head
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This easy lemon pasta recipe uses a special cooking method that turns the pasta starch into a zesty cream. It’s perfect to refresh your mouth on a hot summer day.



5 oz spaghetti

1 lemon

1 garlic clove

2 tbspExtra-virgin olive oil

a pinch of coarse salt

2 oz grated parmesan cheese (optional)

grated lime zest (optional)

fresh chopped parsley leaves (optional)


  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add salt. In the meantime, peel the lemon.
  2. Oil a saucepan and add the lemon peel along with a chopped clove of garlic, and sauté on low heat until the garlic becomes golden brown. Then, turn off the heat and wait for the water to boil.
  3. Remove the lemon peels from the saucepan and add the spaghetti, spreading them over the oil. Turn the heat back on, and add two ladlefuls of the boiling water, spreading them well over the pasta. Stir with wooden chopsticks.
  4. When the water will be completely absorbed into the pasta, add 2 more ladles. Keed doing so until the pasta is cooked al dente.
  5. Take the saucepan away from the heat and add any of the optional ingredients. If you choose to add parmesan cheese, cover with a lid and let anything rest for 5 minutes, then stir again. This way, the cheese will mix with the pasta starch and the oil to give your dish a creamier texture.
  6. Enjoy.


You can use butter instead of oil.

You can also grate the lemon peels instead of just adding them to the pan. This way, they’ll incorporate in the final dish, making it more citrusy.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: lemon pasta, pasta al limone