Wednesday, August 31, 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons...

When LIfe Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Pasta

This is one of our favorite pastas at Deep Acres Farm. So easy and so delicious.

Lemon Pasta

1 lb spaghetti
3 tblsp. kosher or sea salt
4 lemons
1/2 cup good parmesan
6 tblsp. olive oil
4 tblsp. butter

Zest and juice 2 lemons and set aside in a small bowl.

Carve the meat out of two additional lemons removing any pith and seams and place in a separate small bowl.

Combine olive oil, butter and lemon juice/zest mixture in a pan and heat just until the butter melts. Remove from heat.

In the meantime, cook spaghetti noodles. I use Barilla's whole wheat spaghetti. Cook in a pan of boiling water with 3 tablespoons of salt for 7 minutes.

Drain pasta, but first collect 1/2 cup of pasta water. Return drained pasta to its pan and add prepared lemon sauce and 1/4 cup of pasta water. Cook under medium heat until sauce coats pasta.

Transfer spaghetti to a large bowl and add lemon meat and parmesan and mix thoroughly. Add additional pasta water if needed to coat the pasta.

(Note: You may add lightly cooked peas or green beans if you like, but we like this pasta naked).

Serve with additional grated parmesan on the side.