Lemon Spaghetti

As a kid, one of my hobbies was reading novels and I could keep myself busy the whole day with that. I always enjoyed reading light novels which involves a little romance, a little drama with a little suspense. Back at home, I have a good collection of novels and they are like my assets and I get little possessive about them at times πŸ˜€
With the work load getting on top of my head, this hobby started dying but I still enjoyed buying books. One book that I never thought of buying is Cook Book! It never fascinated me or even attracted my attention. No point for guessing that it changed recently. Since the time I got interested in cooking and started my blog, I have always thought of buying my first cook book but could never think of which one to pick!


And then on my Birthday, Arvind gave me two surprises πŸ™‚ He baked my birthday cake and gifted me 2 cook books of my favorite chefs. One was of Nigella’s and the other one was that of Giada’s. I was SO SO happy. Finally, I have a cook book.. Oh no no .. 2 cook books. I used to think that reading cook books could be boring, but I was wrong.. really really wrong. I spent the whole afternoon reading page after page, drooling on the pics and understanding recipes. It was not boring at all!

Today’s recipe is from Giada’s ‘Everyday Italian’. If you have been reading my blog, you would know that I secretly wish I was an Italian and I completely enjoy Italian food! This Pasta dish is so light and so easy to make. It’s a perfect dish to welcome Spring! We had it as a main course, but it can be even served as a side dish with some roasted chicken or grilled fish. I wish I could have followed the recipe to the T. Unfortunately, I didn’t have basil at home and so, I replaced that with cilantro. It was amazing and we both enjoyed it a lot!


Lemon Spaghetti

Serving Size: 2 as main course or 4 as sides

Lemon Spaghetti


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 pound spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (use fresh basil, if you have an option)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest


  • In a large bowl, whisk oil, cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper to blend.
  • In a large deep pot, boil some water with salt.
  • Add Spaghetti to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender. It should take about 8 to 10 mins.
  • Drain the Spaghetti once it is cooked and save the pasta water. You can add this later to moisten the Spaghetti.
  • Add the Spaghetti to the lemon sauce. Then, add chopped cilantro and lemon zest.
  • If it's too dry, you can add some pasta water.
  • Garnish with some more grated Parmesan cheese and serve hot.



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Priya says:

Wat an inviting spaghetti,super irresistible..feel like having some..

I love Giada’s recipes. you can’t go wrong with them.
your spaghetti look delicious. i’d ask for seconds.
thanks for sharing

Your dish looks amazing! And, when I was a kid, I could get lost for days reading books! Great post!

Krithi says:

Simply refreshing.. love the lemon bursts in the spaghetti… Awesome clicks…

Herbs & Flowers in my Platter – Coriander/Cilantro

Nishi says:

This is a different spaghetti for me. Would love to try this!!! Great shots Kankana πŸ™‚

Cakewhiz says:

I have never made spaghettis which look so light…. it looks very tempting!
And just like you, i used to love reading novels but now i have really gotten into baking and books related to cake decorating. It’s a nice change…hehe.

Meghna says:

I make similar lemon pasta in which I use little bit of cream… but this is a healthier recipe. l am a big fan of Giada… πŸ™‚ And I love your photography?? What kind of Camera and lens do you use??

Beautiful and delicious!! Your photos are gorgeous..making the dish even more tempting! Yummmy

RS says:

Looks very yummy dear πŸ™‚

Manu says:

So simple yet so flavorsome… like most Italian cooking! πŸ˜‰ Well done Kankana and great clicks (as always)! πŸ™‚

Vimitha says:

Perfectly done spaghetti… yUM…

Priyanka says:

looks absolutely yummy πŸ™‚

Dimah says:

This sounds scrumptious! What a fantastic combination of ingredients.

Oh, this sounds delicious! Gotta love Giada… she does have some incredible recipes!
I have a huge collection of cookbooks and zero romance novels. πŸ™‚

Raji says:

Looks delicious..you are doing great job with your cookbook…hoping to see many more lovely dishes.

Aruna says:

First time here….

U have a wonderful blog, with delicious recipes….
gald to follow u πŸ™‚

spaghetti looks perfect and yummy…..

nice clicks..

I have this cook book and have been wanting to try this recipe. I’m SO happy to see it here!! Gives me the oomph I need to try it out πŸ™‚ β™₯- Katrina

What a brilliant idea to use lemon zest – am totally doing that the next time! Wonderful pics and post πŸ™‚

Karishma says:

After cooking with so many many spices and powders in Indian cooking, it always amazes and refreshes me when I get such wonderful tasting dishes with so few ingredients in foreign cuisines…I think that way the taste of each ingredient stands out…this dish is a perfect example of that…I can almost smell the lemoniness from your pics! Lovely…

Kimberley says:

Love citrus with pasta!

Great way to start off Spring! Love this recipe… I always like to use lemon in my dishes!

nisha says:

hmm lemon pasta sounds good…never really experiment with lemon in my pastas πŸ™‚

Deeba says:

Whats not to love about this? Absolutely gorgeous! Bookmarked to try soon. Love the light refreshing flavours. Your photographs are beautiful!

tigerfish says:

You reminded me of a few summers ago cos that was when I made lemon spaghetti! I want to make it this summer again. Thanks for reminding me.

Sanjana says:

Beautiful blog – thank byou for visiting me at KO Rasoi. I love Giada too! This recipe is so simple and perfect for summer.

briarrose says:

Beautiful dish….I do so love some cilantro.

Sadhana says:

Love the spaghetti and your fantastic clicks.

Beautiful photos, and the recipe sounds light, refreshing and delicious! I love just about everything that Giada makes, so I’m sure that I should try this recipe!

Delishhh says:

Goregous photos!!! But what a refreshing dish, i never thought of making it like this but i know i would love it. Going to try this! Love your site πŸ™‚

this looks delicious colourful

Wow, this looks delicious, and so simple! And fairly cheap too, which is always a good thing πŸ™‚

Your photos keep looking better with every post, keep it up!

Medeja says:

It sounds tempting, I always wanted to try something like that πŸ™‚

Your pictures are seriously amazing today! I love this recipe, it’s so easy and delicious.

Delicious! Perfect for Spring(if it ever gets here!)

Shumaila says:

I recently had this most perfectly cooked spaghetti at Tonino’s, a restaurant in Delhi and your picture transports me back to it! Really good job with the photos! I am a huge cookbook fan too- and like you, its quite a recent revelation. A lot many times cookbooks have been my bedside read- not a good thing, since all the yummy photos make you hungry in the middle of the night!