Here is a basic yummy recipe for when you have nothing in the house except for some pasta, a lemon and some random herbs. Super easy and quick to prepare, you can do this Simple Lemon Herb Spaghetti while waiting for the pasta to cook. Just try to use fresh herbs instead of dry ones; it will make all the difference! To make this deliciously simple dish you will basically need some spaghetti, a lemon (with its juice and zest), some garlic and a bunch of parsley and thyme, as well as the usual extra virgin olive oil, marine salt and pepper -- we used red peppercorns to give the dish some vibrancy and because we love its sweet spicy edge. Cook the pasta al dente and then mix everything in a saucepan letting the ingredients soak up the zesty juice. Buon appetito!
1. Gather the ingredients
- Spaghetti (or any other pasta)
- 1 lemon
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 chilies
- a bunch of thyme
- a bunch of parsley
- red peppercorns (or black)
- extra virgin olive oil
2. Cook the pasta
Cook the pasta al dente in a generous amount of boiling, salted water for about 10 minutes. Drain and return to the saucepan.
3. Chop the garlic
Chop the garlic into small bits.
4. Chop the herbs
Wash, dry and chop your fresh herbs. Be creative and use what you have at hand or what you have growing in the garden or windowsill.
5. Chop the chili
Chop the chili using a knife and fork, or gloves, to prevent transferring the heat to your eyes. Keep or discard the seeds, it’s up to you based on how much heat you want to add to your dish.
6. Cook altogether
Bring the garlic, herbs and chili into the saucepan containing the (almost) cooked spaghetti, add the juice of one lemon and heat for a few minutes to let the ingredients soak up the juice. Serve with sprinkled lemon zest and enjoy with a glass of organic local red wine.
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