Here is the first of my dishes made from the gift of lemons we received:(see previous post). Lemon Spaghetti, an outstandingly delicious and simple recipe from Giada De Laurentiis' new cook book "Everyday Italian". Warm drained pasta is dressed with olive oil, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, basil, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Season with salt, pepper and the lemon zest and be prepared to watch the stunned faces of the diners who might have underestimated this dish. We served it as a side to a sauteeed chicken, and it was perfection. This recipe has already made an encore and is in the permanent file, as a refreshing and lively change for a summery evening.
To make the lemon pasta dressing, mix two thirds' cu of olive oil with the same amount of grated Parmesan and half a cup of lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste, add a spoon of lemon zest and chopped basil to round it out. The sauce can be made up to eight hours ahead of time. Reserve a little of the pasta water to loosen the sauce if desired.