Spaghetti Pasta with Lemon and Basil
Perfect summertime pasta with fresh lemon and basil leaves. This delightful spaghetti is light, refreshing and absolutely delicious.
It’s August and summer is still in full gear. When the days are hot, you might not have a lot of appetite for food.
This Lemon-Basil spaghetti is a perfect summer dish as it’s utterly appetizing, made with the freshest ingredients and delightful.
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This recipe is loosely adapted from Ruth Roger’s cookbook, which I found on People magazine. This dish is quick to make with a few ingredients.
The only cooking part is boiling the spaghetti. The dressing is made with olive oil, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, basil and fresh tomatoes.
Mix the cooked spaghetti with the lemon sauce and you will have a serving of this delicious Lemon-Basil spaghetti.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 320 calories per serving.
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- 1/2 lb. spaghetti
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 4 oz. cherry tomatoes, quartered
- Cook the spaghetti until al dente, according to the package instruction, about 9 minutes. Drain the spaghetti, set aside.
- Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper.
- Add the lemon oil to the spaghetti in a pot; toss until pasta is evenly coated with the lemon oil mixture. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, basil, lemon zest and diced cherry tomatoes, mix gently. Serve immediately.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
Oh this lovely dish was delish! I did not have any fresh tomatoes so I used sun dried tomatoes in the oil what a nice Summertime dish this would be thank you!
Being from New Jersey and the peak of tomatoe season just arriving any and all tomatoes from the garden would make this absolutely a delish dish all summer.
This looks good, but no way is the calorie count per serving only 320. Eight ounces of dried spaghetti alone is over 800 calories, divided by 2 over 400 calories. Add the olive oil and parm—this is not a low calorie dish.
Hi Laurie, I am not a nutritionist. The label is generated by a program based on the ingredients in the recipe card.
I love the colors in this!
It’s yummy! Girls love it!