Spaghetti with lemon sauce
Spaghetti al limone
Spaghetti with lemon sauce is a traditional Italian recipe. It is mostly presented as ‘Spaghetti al limone’, and it is more a dressing than a sauce.
Spaghetti with lemon sauce is one of the classic Italian pasta dishes like Spaghetti alla Puttanesca and it has always been a great personal favourite. Still every attempt at making spaghetti with lemon sauce failed, until I discovered a small secret: The lemon is not a sauce but a dressing, and it does NOT improve from being cooked. This makes the preparation soooo much easier, not to mention cleaning up after the meal. And the taste is just right.
400 g spaghetti (should rightfully be linguine, but …)
200 g grated Parmesan
100 ml olive oil
50 ml lemon juice
Grated lemon zest
Fresh basil, salt, pepper
Boil the spaghetti in salted water until al dente.
Whisk grated Parmesan and lemon zest with olive oil and lemon juice.
Adjust the tartness with a little of the boiling water if necessary.
Drain the spaghetti and mix well with the dressing.
Spaghetti with lemon sauce should be sprinkled with pepper and fresh basil before serving.