For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been making meals for my family based on recipes I read about/found on the Internet. Gotta tell you, not a one of them has been bad! I’ll start with my favorite one this week: Baked Lemon Pasta. I love lemon pasta/lemon chicken. So this was right up my alley.
The recipe is from Ree Drummond, knowns as The Pioneer Woman. Fantastic website and she has a fantastic cookbook out. Four stars to The Pioneer Woman in our house! Hope you try it and enjoy it just as much as we did. (I will admit, I did cut the butter down some.) I can’t wait to make it again.
Basic recipe is below, but her website has great step by step photography that makes cooking her meals so easy!
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- 1 pound Thin Spaghetti
- 4 Tablespoons Salted Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1 whole Lemon, Juiced And Zested
- 2 cups Sour Cream
- ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt, Or More To Taste
- Plenty Of Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Flat-leaf Parsley, Chopped
- Extra Lemon Juice
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook spaghetti until al dente.
In a skillet, melt butter with olive oil over LOW HEAT. When butter is melted, add minced garlic. Squeeze lemon juice into the pan. Turn off heat.
Add sour cream and stir mixture together. Add lemon zest and salt. Taste, then add more salt if necessary. Pour mixture over drained spaghetti and stir together, then pour spaghetti into an oven safe dish.
Bake, covered, for 15 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes. (Donâ€™t bake too long or the pasta will dry out.)
When you remove it from the oven, squeeze a little more lemon juice over the top. Top generously with Parmesan cheese, then chopped parsley. Give it a final squeeze of lemon juice at the end.
Serve with crusty French bread and a simple green salad.