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Lemon Spaghetti is a quick and easy meal idea. Spaghetti is tossed with lemon, parmesan and simple seasoning in about 15 minutes to serve on a busy weeknight.

Lemon Spaghetti in a bowl topped with fresh lemon wedges
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This lemon spaghetti is the perfect pasta dish to be served as a side dish, on a pasta bar or a main dish recipe. This light and refreshing sauce is loaded with lemon flavor. You will love the way this pasta taste and how your family cleans their plate.

Spaghetti is on our menu weekly. Make sure to also check out this Easy Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti Recipe or this Taco Spaghetti Recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe

This lemon spaghetti cooks tender and so delicious. Serve with your favorite side dish recipes such as Homemade Garlic Bread or these Cheesy Breadsticks.

I also like to serve a side of roasted asparagus or a side salad with this spaghetti which makes for the perfect Meatless Monday Meal.

Ingredients

Lemon Spaghetti Ingredients - spaghetti noodles, lemons, olive oil, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, fresh basil, fresh parsley
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Large Lemons (zested and juiced) 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Salt 
  • Black Pepper 
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese 
  • Chopped Fresh Basil 
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley 

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Choice of Pasta – Feel free to use different types of pasta. Combine the ingredients together with linguine, angel hair pasta, and even fettuccine.
  • Add Meat – If you prefer you can add in your favorite meats to this pasta dish. Shrimp, salmon, or shredded chicken would be a delicious addition.

Step by Step Instructions

Placing spaghetti noodles in a large pot of water

Step 1 – In a large stockpot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil; salt generously. Add the spaghetti and cook according to package instructions until al dente. 

Combining the lemon mixture in a bowl

Step 2 – While the spaghetti is cooking, prepare the sauce. In a bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. 

Drained spaghetti in a bowl

Step 3 – Drain the spaghetti, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking water. Place the drained spaghetti back into the pot or into a large mixing bowl. Pour the lemon sauce over the spaghetti. 

Cooked spaghetti in a large pot topped with parmesan cheese

Step 4 – Add the grated Parmesan cheese to the spaghetti and toss to combine, making sure the spaghetti is well coated with the sauce.

Topping the spaghetti with fresh basil and parsley

Step 5 – If the mixture is too dry, add some of the reserved pasta cooking water, a tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Stir in the chopped basil and parsley. 

Tossed spaghetti with the lemon mixture and fresh herbs

Step 6 – Garnish the lemon spaghetti with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs, if desired, and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Salted Water – Make sure the pasta water is well salted; it should be very salty. This helps flavor the pasta itself. 
  • Cooking Pasta – Ensure pasta is cooked to al dente for the best texture. Overcooked pasta can become mushy. 
  • No Rinse Pasta – After draining, do not rinse the pasta. The starch that clings to the cooked pasta helps the sauce adhere better. 
  • Sauce Consistency – The sauce should coat the spaghetti evenly. If it’s too thick, you can thin it out with reserved pasta cooking water. 
Lemon spaghetti on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5-6 days. 

How to Reheat

Reheat the leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Lemon spaghetti on a plate with a serving on the fork

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Lemon Spaghetti

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Lemon Spaghetti is a quick and easy meal idea. Spaghetti is tossed with lemon, parmesan and simple seasoning in about 15 minutes to serve on a busy weeknight.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Italian
Course Main Course
Calories 416

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large stockpot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil; salt generously. Add the spaghetti and cook according to package instructions until al dente.
  • While the spaghetti is cooking, prepare the sauce. In a bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Drain the spaghetti, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking water.
  • Place the drained spaghetti back into the pot or into a large mixing bowl. Pour the lemon sauce over the spaghetti.
  • Add the grated Parmesan cheese to the spaghetti and toss to combine, making sure the spaghetti is well coated with the sauce.
  • If the mixture is too dry, add some of the reserved pasta cooking water, a tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Stir in the chopped basil and parsley.
  • Garnish the lemon spaghetti with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs, if desired, and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Salted Water: Make sure the pasta water is well salted; it should be very salty. This helps flavor the pasta itself. 
Ensure pasta is cooked to al dente for the best texture. Overcooked pasta can become mushy. 
After draining, do not rinse the pasta. The starch that clings to the cooked pasta helps the sauce adhere better. 
Sauce Consistency: The sauce should coat the spaghetti evenly. If it’s too thick, you can thin it out with reserved pasta cooking water. 
Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5-6 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 416kcal, Carbohydrates 47g, Protein 10g, Fat 21g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 14g, Cholesterol 7mg, Sodium 345mg, Potassium 200mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 2g, Vitamin A 193IU, Vitamin C 21mg, Calcium 97mg, Iron 1mg

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