If you want your dinner to feel quite Italian you can prepare a lemon-butter pasta dish. It is delicious, smells amazing and it is super easy to cook. Absolutely anyone can do it! Read on to find out al the details!
If you want to surprise your family with a special homemade dinner this is a must-read recipe! Italian flavors and smell will give you an amazing dinner with your loved ones. This recipe is perfect for winter and feeling cozy at home.
This lemon-butter pasta recipe is a nod to classic fettuccine Alfredo, which does not contain cream. The richness comes from the simple emulsion of butter, Parmesan and starchy pasta water. It is a delicious meal super easy to achieve, that anyone can do it with simple ingredients that usually we all have on the fridge.
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
- Finely grated zest from 2 large lemons (2 tablespoons)
- Kosher salt
- 1 pound fettuccine, or another pasta
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for optional garnish
- Freshly ground black pepper
1- In a Dutch oven or skillet large enough to hold all the pasta, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the lemon zest and swirl to mix. Remove from heat.
2- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the pasta water.
3- Return the butter to medium heat, then whisk in the reserved pasta water until combined, about 2 minutes. Add the Parmesan in a couple of handfuls, whisking until emulsified, 3 to 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the pasta to the sauce; toss and stir until the noodles are glossed with sauce, 3 to 5 minutes.
4- Serve with more black pepper and Parmesan.