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Fresh and Easy Lemon Spaghetti in a bowl with a fork in focus with noodles swirled around it.

Lemon Spaghetti

This fresh Lemon Spaghetti is full of tangy, lemony flavor and is SO easy to make!  It's flavorfully sprinkled with sliced fresh basil and parmesan cheese.
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Spaghetti, lemon spaghetti
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 365kcal
Author Erica Walker



  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and drain the rest from the spaghetti.
  • While pasta is cooking, zest and juice the lemons. You should get about 1/2 cup of lemon juice. If not, fill up the rest of the 1/2 cup with bottled lemon juice.
  • In a small bowl, add lemon juice, olive oil, parmesan, salt, and pepper. Whisk until combined.
    Lemon sauce in a small bowl
  • Toss spaghetti with the lemon sauce until it is evenly coated. Add lemon zest and basil.
    Pasta topped with lemon sauce, basil, and lemon zest.
  • Add the reserved pasta water a little at a time until the sauce clings to the pasta and thickens a little.
    A measuring cup full of pasta water over a pot of pasta
  • Top with more fresh basil, lemon zest, parmesan, salt, and pepper. Serve hot.
    lemon spaghetti twirled into nests on a plate topped with basil, lemon zest, and parmesan cheese


Serving: 1g | Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg