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 😀
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 🙂 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!
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated plus extra for garnish)
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ½ pound spaghetti
- ½ 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.
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!
Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com
Delicious! Perfect for Spring(if it ever gets here!)
Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks
Your pictures are seriously amazing today! I love this recipe, it's so easy and delicious.
It sounds tempting, I always wanted to try something like that 🙂
Anzelle @ Scrambledpancakes
Wow, this looks delicious, and so simple! And fairly cheap too, which is always a good thing 🙂
Your photos keep looking better with every post, keep it up!
this looks delicious colourful
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 🙂
The Mistress of Spices
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!
Love the spaghetti and your fantastic clicks.
Beautiful dish....I do so love some cilantro.
Beautiful blog - thank byou for visiting me at KO Rasoi. I love Giada too! This recipe is so simple and perfect for summer.
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.
Whats not to love about this? Absolutely gorgeous! Bookmarked to try soon. Love the light refreshing flavours. Your photographs are beautiful!
hmm lemon pasta sounds good...never really experiment with lemon in my pastas 🙂
Elyse @The Cultural Dish
Great way to start off Spring! Love this recipe... I always like to use lemon in my dishes!