Spaghetti with Lemon and Olive Oil

Simplicity at it's best, in a time of need :)
Today is only Monday, though it feels like a mid week already! It's always a dread to work through the weekend but I guess it's just part of the grind once in a while (hopefully just this once). The low point of working during weekend is that it robs me of precious sunlight to cook and photograph in merriment :)

I only manage a simple meal, which I admit I should have tried out this classically Southern Italian recipe a long time ago. I stumbled upon it again and this time I was sold by Smitten Kitchen purely based on Deb's words -- a tangled bowl of sunshine. How I long for more, but today it'll just have to come from this wonderfully simple meal, made at the last peek of dusk

A sprinkle of Parmesan tangled with lemon zest
  • 200g spaghetti 
  • 30g finely grated Parmesan cheese
  •  2 lemons
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Small handful of baby spinach (or any fresh leaves)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground blackpepper
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

  1. Cook pasta in a medium-sized pot with well-salted water to your al dente tastes
  2. While pasta is cooking, zest 1 lemon to set aside and squeeze juices from both lemons
  3. Once pasta is ready, drain water from pot but keep 1 cup of the pasta water and set pasta aside
  4. Using back the same pot, add olive oil, heavy cream, lemon zest and pasta water on high heat
  5. Stir for a couple of minutes and add in cooked pasta
  6. Pour in lemon juice and sprinkle cheese over it 
  7. Toss until it's evenly well coated
I top each bowl with fresh baby spinach but feel free to shred any other fresh leaves and toss in before serving. I love that it's light but full of flavour, even carnivorous Robin was munching happily :) 


  1. I also love that description--"a tangled bowl of sunshine." It looks lovely and simple!

  2. This looks lovely and simple that I would love for simple lunch.

  3. its just not the same without sunlight is it?

    your dish looks so bright and spring-y !
    very pretty~

    & HAHA ! im glad you found the post funny, i couldnt stop laughing myself!

  4. Such a simple recipe, but a good one! Have you tried the pasta with lemon, garlic and chilli? It's also easy and excellent =)

  5. I made a similar version from Cook's Illustrated recently, though that one has the addition of a little heavy cream. It's my new favorite pasta dish. So sunny tasting.

  6. I love fresh looking pasta. Beautiful clicks!

  7. Yes, I have seen Smitten Kitchen's version and absolutely love it too! You manage to make yours just as delicious looking!

  8. what a delicious and simple pasta dish!

  9. I made lemon pasta before and indeed, simple but flavorsome. I added a little red chili pepper flakes to jazz it up the other time.

    Love your sunshine in a bowl.

  10. This is a beautiful, simple dish. Everything I could wish for!

  11. Looks and sounds so fresh.

  12. Yummy!! Sounds so refreshing and looks gorgeous too!

  13. This certainly does look like a bowl of sunshine! I am such a sucker for lemon zest. Oh, and I am an advocate for simple pastas! Beautiful recipe and photos, as usual :)

  14. Oh! This pasta looks delicious, love the lemon and the baby spinach...simple and yet yummie. Have a great week :-)

  15. "a tangled bowl of sunshine." how appropriate! I hardly ever get sunlight here, it's always so gloomy!

  16. My favorite pasta dishes are always the 'simple' ones and this looks so very good! Light and sunny definitely!

  17. Love simple dish as such, fresh and healthy! What a beatuy....

  18. This looks fabulous Min! I bet it would be just as good on spaghetti squash. If I can I might try it tonight!

  19. I'm going to be picking up some lemons from my parents today...what a great way use them. This looks delicious.

  20. I love this recipe! It's so simple and I have everything for this in the fridge and pantry! :D I bet it would really work a treat as risotto too :)

  21. This is such a simple yet wonderful recipe! Very quick, perfect for weekday dinners. Love lemon in pasta!

  22. @Dawn
    Yums spaghetti squash!

    How lucky to have homegrown lemons!

    @Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    Mmm, that's an idea, lemon and olive oil risotto :)

    Thank you for coming back to let me know! :) This is definitely the best part of posting a recipe!