Lemon Spaghetti

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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!

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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!
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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!
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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


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

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  • Priya
    March 25, 2011 at 12:27 PM

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

  • A little bit of everything
    A little bit of everything
    March 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM

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

  • yummychunklet
    March 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM

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

  • Krithi
    March 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM

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

    Herbs & Flowers in my Platter – Coriander/Cilantro

  • Nishi
    March 25, 2011 at 1:33 PM

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

  • Cakewhiz
    March 25, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    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
    March 25, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    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… 🙂 And I love your photography?? What kind of Camera and lens do you use??

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    March 25, 2011 at 6:19 PM

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

  • RS
    March 25, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Looks very yummy dear 🙂

  • Manu
    March 25, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    So simple yet so flavorsome… like most Italian cooking! 😉 Well done Kankana and great clicks (as always)! 🙂

  • Vimitha
    March 25, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Perfectly done spaghetti… yUM…

  • Priyanka
    March 25, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    looks absolutely yummy 🙂

  • Dimah
    March 26, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    This sounds scrumptious! What a fantastic combination of ingredients.

  • Kate @ Diethood.com
    Kate @ Diethood.com
    March 26, 2011 at 6:56 AM

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

  • Raji
    March 26, 2011 at 12:17 PM

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

  • Aruna
    March 27, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    First time here….

    U have a wonderful blog, with delicious recipes….
    gald to follow u 🙂

    spaghetti looks perfect and yummy…..

    nice clicks..

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen
    March 27, 2011 at 4:49 AM

    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 🙂 ♥- Katrina

  • Priya Mahadevan
    Priya Mahadevan
    March 27, 2011 at 7:05 AM

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

  • Karishma
    March 27, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    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
    March 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Love citrus with pasta!

  • Elyse @The Cultural Dish
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish
    March 27, 2011 at 2:10 PM

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

  • nisha
    March 27, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    hmm lemon pasta sounds good…never really experiment with lemon in my pastas 🙂

  • Deeba
    March 27, 2011 at 6:45 PM

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

  • tigerfish
    March 27, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    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
    March 28, 2011 at 3:19 AM

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

  • briarrose
    March 28, 2011 at 4:56 AM

    Beautiful dish….I do so love some cilantro.

  • Sadhana
    March 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Love the spaghetti and your fantastic clicks.

  • The Mistress of Spices
    The Mistress of Spices
    March 29, 2011 at 2:39 AM

    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
    March 29, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    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 🙂

  • torviewtoronto
    March 29, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    this looks delicious colourful

  • Anzelle @ Scrambledpancakes
    Anzelle @ Scrambledpancakes
    March 29, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    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!

  • Medeja
    March 30, 2011 at 2:35 AM

    It sounds tempting, I always wanted to try something like that 🙂

  • Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks
    Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks
    March 30, 2011 at 4:34 AM

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

  • Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com
    Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com
    March 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM

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

  • Shumaila
    April 1, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    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!