One of my favorite ways to serve pasta is with olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic and lemons — and, of course, fresh parsley — which I put on just about everything!
Stock up on pasta when it goes on sale and buy all different shapes and sizes. Be sure to always have some olive oil on hand as well.
Start cooking your pasta according to the directions on the package.
While the pasta is cooking you need to do 5 things:
- Mince the garlic
- Grate the parmesan cheese
- Remove the zest from the lemon (see below)
- Juice the lemon (video)
- Chop the parsley
Grate about 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese.
Wash 2 lemons. Before juicing the lemons, we need to remove tiny shreds off the peel of the lemon. This is known as lemon zest. You can use a grater or a knife and just cut the zest into really tiny bits.
Be sure to only use the yellow part of the lemon peel. The white part tastes bitter.
Now juice the lemon. We actually need 4 Tablespoons of lemon juice.
Then chop about 1/2 cup of fresh parsley.
Once the pasta is cooked, remove one cup of the cooking water.
Then drain the pasta.
(After we add the other ingredients, the pasta may be too dry. You can add some of the cooking water to help moisten it.)
Using the pot you cooked the pasta in, heat 3 Tablespoons of olive oil.
Add the garlic to the oil and fry it, until you can smell it cooking, about 15 seconds.
Turn off the heat. Add the lemon juice and zest to the pot.
Then add the pasta to the garlic and oil.
Add the chopped parsley.
With a pair of tongs or two spoons toss everything together. If it seems too dry, pour on some of the reserved pasta water.
Serve with lots of parmesan cheese, salt and freshly ground pepper. And of course, garnish with fresh chopped parsley!
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