Easy Lemon Parmesan Pasta

My BFF gave me this recipe several years ago after he made it for the first course of a birthday dinner he threw for me. It is great for nights when there is nothing left in the fridge or when you crave comfort food: it’s like mac and cheese with a citrus zing. Trust me, it sounds weird but it’s delicious.

This was my lunch today.

This was my lunch today.


  • pasta (I prefer bucatini but linguine also works)
  • a splash of olive oil
  • lemon juice (to taste)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • shredded Parmesan cheese (to taste, there is a theme here)

Boil the pasta according to the time listed on the box for al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving a small bit of the cooking water (1-2 teaspoons depending on how much pasta you have). Put pasta and water in a (non-metal) mixing bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Add the remaining ingredients and toss. Taste and add more of any of the last three ingredients as needed. Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan on top and serve. It really is that easy.

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