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Spaghetti Al Limone (lemon Spaghetti)

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Spaghetti al Limone (Lemon Spaghetti)
2012-05-20 Other
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This delicious light summertime pasta dish, can be spiced up with the addition of prosciutto ham and the heat red pepper flakes.

  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


1 lb Spaghetti
⅔ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
⅔ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
½ cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tsp Kosher or Sea Salt
½ tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes or, to taste, optional
1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
⅓ cup Chopped Fresh Basil
¼ lb Thinly Sliced Prosciutto or Cut Into Chiffonade, optional


Bring a large quantity of heavily salted water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Once boiling, add the spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, according to package directions until al dente, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, if using red pepper flakes, heat the oil add flakes, then saute in a small saute pan for 1-2 minutes to allow the oil to absorb the spiciness. Allow the red pepper oil to cool. In a large bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil, Parmesan cheese and lemon juice. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Place the drained pasta in a large, high sided saute pan over medium heat. Add the lemon sauce and toss the pasta to distribute the sauce. If the pasta is too tight, add the reserved pasta cooking liquid, 1/4 at a time, then continue tossing until sauce loosens up. Add chiffonade prosciutto and continue to toss to distribute. Correct seasoning with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and chopped basil, then serve immediately.

Helpful Tips:

This recipe marries the sweet flavor of Amalfi lemons with fresh basil, to transport you back to the sunny hillsides of the Amalfi coast of Italy. If you've been there it will make you long for the warmth of the Southern Italian coast.