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Spaghetti al Limone

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Welcome to Food of the World – Italy! I’m sorry that I am late to the party, but I am having some major cyber attack issues. My site has been down for quite some time, while some horrible people try to gain control of it. Well I am disinclined to acquiesce to their request….so go away evil cyber bully!! Can you guess the movie reference? Okay, let’s talk about this Spaghetti al Limone…..

spaghetti noodles on a white plate garnished with a lemon wedge and chopped parsley

It is light, and tangy, and not what you would usually expect when someone suggests making Italian food. I assure you, that it is indeed a Classic Italian dish…but done my way. 😉

spaghetti noodles swirled on a white plate with a fork stuck in the middle and a wedge of parmesan in the background

How to make Spaghetti al Limone:

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of cooking water.

In a large skillet, heat cream, lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil over low heat. Add the cooked pasta, Parmesan cheese, and basil.

Toss together and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add cooking water as needed to thin sauce and coat the pasta.

Serve with additional Parmesan cheese and chopped basil.

a white plate filled with spaghetti with a fork on the side

There are several versions of this dish floating around the internet, mostly from celebrity chefs. I simplified it and of course used canned coconut milk in place of the heavy cream. I wanted it to remain light and simple, and still highlight the lemon. Yes, it was difficult for me to make a pasta dish that does not contain garlic!!

Why are there no step-by-step photos you ask? Because I accidental pressed the menu button while taking the photos and somehow managed to delete EVERYTHING! This is not my week! 😉

More easy and delicious pasta recipes:

Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Fusilli al Pomodoro

Pasta al Tonno

Linguine all Carbonara

Pasta for a Crowd

Enjoy!!

spaghetti noodles swirled on a white plate with a fork stuck in the middle and a wedge of parmesan in the background

Spaghetti al Limone

This quick and easy Spaghetti al Limone recipe is a lifesaver on busy nights and sure to become a family favorite!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, lemon, main course, italian, recipe, spaghetti, easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 626kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup coconut milk in a can (or heavy cream)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 pound spaghetti cooked
  • sea salt & fresh black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of cooking water.
  • In a large skillet, heat cream, lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil over low heat. Add the cooked pasta, Parmesan cheese, and basil.
  • Toss together and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add cooking water as needed to thin sauce and coat the pasta.
  • Serve with additional Parmesan cheese and chopped basil.

Nutrition

Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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37 Comments

  1. I could probably eat this dish every day and be 100% happy!!!
    Bummer on the cyber problems – I don’t understand why people feel the need to do that.

  2. Dear Lisa, This looks delicious and sounds heavenly with the coconut milk. I know I would thoroughly enjoy a plate of this…right up my alley! Blessings, Catherine xo

  3. This recipe sounds amazing and the pictures that did make it are absolutely stunning. I love the one with the fork standing in the pasta! Thanks for hosting this super cool link up up too!

  4. Hi Lisa,
    Your photo’s are just awesome, and your Spaghetti Al Limone looks so inviting. I just love simple dishes like this. Thanks so much for sharing and hope you are having a great day!
    Miz Helen

  5. Holy spaghetti, Batman! That Spaghetti al Limone looks fantastic, Lisa! 🙂 I’m so happy to be co-hosting with you! This has gone on the menu for next week; I can’t wait to make it. Pinned! Oh & good luck with the site stuff!

  6. i prefer to make Spaghetti when i am really lazy to cook .
    This coconut milk version is good .
    Must have been mild and rich with all the goodness of coconut milk .
    Happy to co-host the party with you

  7. Your photos are amazing, Lisa! Really beautiful. The coconut milk is an interesting addition that surely makes it extra rich and creamy. What is going on with your site being down?! I hope everything is resolved now. Have a good weekend!

  8. I love easy meals – and my husband could eat pasta in one form or another every single day! Pinning and stumbling!

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