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Quick and Easy Lemon Spaghetti

Lemon Spaghetti is an easy dish that is bursting with fresh, vibrant flavors. Light and delicious, this recipe is perfect for a quick and easy dinner tonight!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon spaghetti
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 547kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 1 lb Barilla Spaghetti
  • 2 fresh lemons
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese freshly grated
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil chopped


  • Grate lemon peels and place lemon zest in a small bowl. Juice the lemons into a separate bowl. Whisk the oil, lemon juice, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and blend.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally until tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid.
  • Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest. Toss the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten.
  • Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 1mg