Spaghetti With Lemon Sauce

08 Jan
January 8, 2014 4.0 stars based on 24 reviews

Happy New Year Spicy Pear followers. Hope you are all enjoying the first week of 2014.

This month I am hosting the Pasta Please Challenge run by Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes and I am enjoying all the wonderful entries. The current theme is garlic and I hope you will join in too. The deadline is 28 January 2014.

I enjoy eating pasta. For me, it is the ultimate comfort food. You can be as simple or extravagant as you like with the ingredients and come up with something that is deliciously satisfying. Spaghetti with lemon sauce is one of my favourite pasta dishes. It uses up ingredients that are always in my house and is incredibly quick and easy to make. The parmesan and lemony flavours are heaven in a bowl. My only addition, to take this recipe to the next level, would be adding toasted pine nuts.

Serves 2


  • 120g spaghetti
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1/4tsp chilli flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley leaves


  1. Place a large saucepan with salted boiling water on medium heat. Add the spaghetti and cook for the amount of time stated on the packet. I boiled mine for 9 minutes until al dente.
  2. Drain the water once the spaghetti is ready but do keep a cup of the starchy water aside.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan. When the oil is hot, add the chilli flakes and finely chopped garlic and fry for about 30 seconds until the garlic has softened. Add the cooked spaghetti, lemon zest, juice and starchy water and ensure the pasta is fully coated in the sauce. Put the heat on high to let the sauce thicken. Add salt, pepper and as much parmesan as you wish.
  4. Garnish with chopped parsley, grated parmesan and freshly ground pepper.

I am linking this post to Simply.Food’s Flavours of Italy Grand Finale event.

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24 replies
  1. Eat Your Veg says:

    Oh this does sound very tasty, my favourite pasta dishes are always the more simple ones with just a select few ingredients that can be made in minutes. Love the zingy lemon in yours, nice and refreshing after all the heavy festive flavours.

    • Tina Anand says:

      I agree Lou, for me pasta dishes should be simple and quick to make. The lemon truly does take this spaghetti to a whole new level. That said, nothing beats a good old fashioned bowl of meatballs with pasta. And your version looks yummy!

  2. Liouaa says:

    Looks so good. My three boys are pasta obsessed so I am always looking for simple yet tasty recipes we can enjoy. A must try!

    • Tina Anand says:

      Thank you Liouaa. So nice of you to stop by and leave a comment. I’m sure your boys will love this. Do let me know how you get on.

  3. recipesfromapantry says:

    Yum. Love the idea of the lemon sauce. I normally do anchovies but want to try this.

  4. Sylvia says:

    This is going to be a big hit with my OH, he loves lemons! Thanks for inspiration Tina xx

  5. Nayna Kanabar (@SIMPLYF00D) says:

    Wow it looks delicious. Thanks for linking it to Flavours of the world grand Finale event at

  6. Choclette says:

    Sounds absolutely delicious and so quick too – all my favourite flavours (minus the chocolate of course).

    • Tina Anand says:

      Thank you Choclette. Hmm, now you’ve got me wondering how this would go if I grated some dark chocolate over it. Do I dare experiment?

  7. Rachel Cotterill says:

    I just came over to grab your link for my own post, and … well, let’s just say that lemon, garlic, and long thin pasta were also on my agenda! Great minds, eh? Thankfully my finished dish looks quite different ;)

  8. Deena Kakaya says:

    Lovely and classic recipes, think I will add this to next weeks menu xx

  9. recipesfromapantry says:

    I am still day dreaming about this one Tina

    • Tina Anand says:

      Aww glad to hear that Bintu. How are you enjoying your travels? I’m excited to hear all about it and what foodie inspirations you come back with.

  10. Karen Burns Booth says:

    SUCH a lovely bowl of pasta Tina and such a LOVELY photo too! I am all for classic recipes…..Karen

    • Tina Anand says:

      Thank you Karen. It truly was a delicious bowl of pasta. I agree about classic dishes, there are some recipes that just shouldn’t mess with. Glad you liked the photo. It was very tricky to take given the lack of natural lighting but I was pleased with the end result.

  11. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says:

    I am a pesto fiends so hoping I shouldn’t have too much trouble entering this! Lovely picture.


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