This recipe is a lovely adult version of pasta and cheese. Herbs and lemon combined with the parmesan cheese and pasta is a simple yet elegant meal. It is easy to make, so it is a weekday go-to-favorite!

Servings: 2


  • 6 oz angel hair or other thin pasta
  • 2-3 tablespoons of fresh herbs chopped; choose from what you have such as basil, thyme, parsley, sage, rosemary, or others)  If using dried herbs reduce the amount to a teaspoon.
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon; grate the lemon zest and add to the parmesan cheese; juice the lemon removing seeds)
  • Olive oil 
Spaghetti pasta

Step 1:  Bring a large pot of water with a generous amount of salt to a boil. Add pasta and cook at a rolling boil for 4-5 minutes.

Step 2:  In a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and heat on medium. Add the garlic and herbs and cook gently for a couple of minutes to release the fragrance.  Take the skillet off heat until pasta is ready. 

Step 3:  Keep ½ cup of the pasta water and put aside.  Then drain the pasta and using tongs place the pasta in the skillet with the garlic and herbs.  Turn on heat and toss pasta with herbs for 1-2 minutes. Add the ½ cup pasta water and the lemon juice.  Toss the pasta some more.  Turn off the heat.

Step 4:  Add the parmesan cheese and lemon zest to the pasta. (Note: you can retain some for topping the pasta before serving.) Toss the pasta with the cheese and zest until evenly combined. Add salt and pepper to taste; usually very little is needed. 

Step 5:  Using the tongs, evenly divide the pasta into two plates and top with parmesan

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Recipe compliments of Home Chef and OPL Community member Sam Shane


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