Food Friday | Lemon Pasta

It appears I am on a bit of a food photography kick lately. Two recipe/food related posts in a row?! Again, I am pulling this one from the archives per a recent request to share it again. This is such a perfect dish to make for the summer. The addition of lemon wakes up the pasta, making it less heavy and more heavenly.  I hope you enjoy it as much as my crew does.

Lemon Pasta


  • 3 tbls butter
  • 2 tlbs olive oil
  • 1-2 lemons (zest and juice)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 1/2-1 cup panchetta
  • 1/4 fresh or dried parsley
  • box of spaghetti or other pasta


  • Cook pasta
  • in a saute pan melt butter and heat oil.
  • add garlic and saute
  • add in zest of one lemon and juice of that same lemon
  • great cheese
  • great additional lemon’s zest and juice
  • chop parsley and basil
  • Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl ans serve with extra lemon juice/zest and parm on the side.


5 Comments Food Friday | Lemon Pasta

  1. Jess June 13, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    This looks so simple and so good. I’m betting this would be yummy with some white beans (as an alternative to pasta). Definitely adding this to our summer dinner menu.

    1. Vanessa Simpson June 13, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      ooh, that’s a great idea. I am always a fan of white beans. Let me know how it comes out!

    2. Vanessa Simpson December 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      ooh! I bet that would amazing. This is seriously one of my favorite dishes. Let me know how it turns out!

  2. Cathy June 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I am on a food kick too, taking lots of photos in the kitchen. I love those stacked up lemons and I will make this pasta! We need to cook together soon. xoxo

    1. Vanessa Simpson June 13, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! Hoping to have a little house warming party in mid july or early august… hope you will be on this isde of the state.


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