Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lemon Linguine

Posted by: Maggie

I made this pasta dish for dinner back on Monday night, when DC temperatures soared to the mid-80s, and all I craved was something fresh and light tasting for dinner. I know it doesn't look like anything special from the picture, but trust me when I say that these simple ingredients come together to make something amazing.

Lemon is one of my favorite flavors for baked goods, but I haven't really used it much in savory dishes. After making this pasta, I can't wait to use it more.

Another great thing about this pasta is simply the speed with which it came together. I am a notoriously slow cook, and this literally took me about 20 minutes to throw together. It would probably take a normal person 10 minutes to make! I usually don't like eating leftovers, but since this only made two portions I'm going to see what it's like as a cold pasta salad tomorrow and report back!

One last thing - bufala mozzarella is insanely expensive. Since when I grocery shop I sometimes forget that my job doesn't pay me eleventy bajillion dollars a year to keep me in spendy cheeses, I paid $12.99 for a container of bufala mozzarella. Yeah, it's delicious, and I may try and convince myself that it's worth it, but you could probably use fresh mozzarella from a cow instead of a water buffalo and pay about half that price with equally tasty results.

Here's what you'll need:

1 9 ounce container fresh linguine
1 container fresh bufala mozzarella, torn into small pieces (or cow mozzarella if you're smart)
Juice from 2 lemons
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 handful fresh basil, chiffonaded (I used about 8 large leaves)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine olive oil and lemon juice in a bowl, and whisk to combine.

Cook linguine according to package directions (fresh pasta only takes about 2-3 minutes.)

Mix cooked pasta with all other ingredients, and garnish with more basil and lemon zest if desired.

Source: Ramshackle Glam


  1. This sounds divine! I also love lemon desserts! This lemon linguine sounds amazing. I love how it's so easy to make too! I'm ALL about easy dishes : )

  2. That does sound good! Fresh (lemon) and creamy (cheese) at the same time. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Made this over the weekend--with the less expensive cheese--and it was great and a big hit! (i.e. There were no leftovers for my lunch today, even though I made an obscene amount.) Thanks!


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