Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Spaghetti Limone Parmeggiano with Sugar Snap Peas

If you didn't already know I love all things Italian and all things pasta. This spaghetti recipe is super easy and quick which makes this the perfect weeknight meal. The fresh lemon and crisp sugar snap peas are a great combination with the al dente pasta and Parmesan cheese. For a weeknight meal under 30 minutes this recipe is a winner.

Spaghetti Limone Parmeggiano with Sugar Snap Peas (Adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow's recipe)
3/4 pound (3/4) box spaghetti
1 lemon
1 1/2 cups finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspon freshly grouond black pepper
2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3-5 tablespoons of pasta water, to thing
Sugar snap peas

Boil the spaghetti in salted boiling water, according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, using a Microplane, grate the zest from the lemon into a large mixing bowl. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl (I like to to use the grater as a strainer - one less thing to clean). Add the 1 1/2 cups Parmesan, pepper, and a pinch of salt and mix in the olive oil to form a wet paste.

Remove and discard the stem end and string from the sugar snap peas. Heat a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the sugar snap peas, salt and pepper and toss occasionally until the sugar snap peas are crisp tender. 

When the spaghetti is perfectly cooked, add 2 or 3 tablespoons of the cooking water to the lemon and cheese mixture. Add the spaghetti to the bowl and toss thoroughly, adding another tablespoon or 2 of pasta water if necessary so that the sauce coats each strand. Add the cooked sugar snap peas and serve each portion with a sprinkle of salt, a fresh grind of black pepper and a few gratings of extra Parmesan.




  1. I am a pasta addict as well. Sometimes I whip up buttered noodles with fresh parmesan, but I'm sure my boyfriend would love this updated version!

  2. OK, as averse as I am to all things cooking (not because I want to be, but because I always find a way to mess recipes up) this looks SO GOOD. Thanks for sharing such a simple & delish-looking recipe that even kitchen klutzes can handle :)


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