I've been on the search for pasta dishes that are different to the ones I go for which are normally heavily calorie overloaded cream based ones or the tried and true tomato based ones. Being that I'm trying to watch what I eat to fit into my bridesmaids dress for my sisters wedding, what better place to look for recipes than to scour the healthy food recipes on Pinterest?
And that, my friends, is where I found this little beauty of a recipe. I posted a photo of it last Friday for my Pinterest post, and I was determined to try it for myself. Not only did it have simple ingredients, it was quick, easy and made no reference to cream or tomato. Score! I traced the image and recipe back to the blog Cutesy Jingles. Nice work!
Introducing... Lemon Garlic Spaghetti
A handful of dried spaghetti
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic
4-5 fresh basil leaves, shredded
2 tbsp pine nuts
1/2 a lemon
Fresh diced chili (optional)
Chuck the spaghetti into a pot of water to boil. While boiling, place the olive oil in a pan and throw in the garlic. Fry the garlic until it starts to brown around the edges, then take off the heat and set aside. (You can also throw in the chili with the garlic if you want a little bit of heat in your pasta.)
In a bowl, place the parmesan, the juice of half a lemon, shredded basil leaves and pine nuts. Pour in the garlic oil- diced garlic and all- and the spaghetti. Toss to combine and serve immediately. Voila!
I absolutely loved this dish. I loved the easiness of it, the simple flavours coming together and just how light it all was. Normally after pasta and I feel incredibly full and heavy, but this was perfect. It's definitely another recipe that I'll be adding as a weekly dish!