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Barilla Lemon Spaghetti

Lemon spaghetti

Recipe from: Barilla – The Modern Family Pasta Cookbook

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Serves: 4-6


  • 1 lb Barilla Spaghetti
  • 2 fresh lemons
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped


Grate lemon peels and place lemon zest in a small bowl. Juice the lemons into a separate small bowl. Whisk the oil, lemon juice, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl and blend. Set the lemon sauce aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the spaghetti to the lemon sauce, and toss with the basil and lemon zest. Toss the pasta with enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten. Season the pasta with more salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer to bowls and serve.

This meal was served with Pear Parmigiano Reggiano Salad and Focaccia with dipping oils for a family dinner night. I loved that the salad also used lemon and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, so it was the perfect accompaniment for the pasta.

We eat dinner together as a family at least five nights a week, with at least two of those nights being a pasta night, which the twins’ absolutely love seeing as pasta is one of their favorite foods. One of the best parts of having pasta nights in our house is that I always make extra to give to the kids in a thermos the following day for their school lunch. 

Did you know that:

  • 88%
    of parents are reliant upon multi-tasking each day and more than half
    (58%) say their life is more hectic now, than a year ago.
  • Pasta
    is recognized by parents and non-parents as a tasty (88%) and easy
    (87%) meal option and one that can be prepared using on-hand ingredients
    from a pantry (82%).
  • Other
    benefits of pasta that help alleviate chaotic schedules include that it
    is versatile (52%), a quick go-to meal (51%) and allows for
    multitasking while it’s cooking (44%)
  • Leading contributors to a hectic lifestyle, making meal-planning and preparation a challenge are: work, household chores, errands, kids’ after school activities, and kids’ homework

(statistics and information provided by Barilla)

Barilla infographic


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Disclosure: I
participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for
Barilla. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a
promotional item as a thank-you for participating. #BarillaWPD

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