Monday, March 26, 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Lemon Fettuccine

I could not have been more excited for this month's Secret Recipe Club recipe. I've been bursting-at-the-seams ready for reveal day :)

This month my recipe comes from The Culinary Enthusiast. Kelley's blog is full of a ton of great looking recipes. I am excited to also make her Sweet and Sour Cocktail Meatballs and pretty much anything on her breakfast and dessert list. She is also one half of Seasonal Potluck, which is a very neat site dedicated to featuring seasonal fruits/veggies in the form of recipe link ups!

Now initially I wasn't planning on specifically trying to find a lemon recipe. However, when I saw lemon fettuccine, I immediately decided to make it. My husband is always asking for more lemon recipes and I am completely fine with that when pasta of any sort is involved. Plus, this recipe gave me the excuse to get the lemon juicer tool that I've been pining over for a year :)

I was also able to share this with a bunch of people via a Family Readiness Group meeting at the company (my husband is in the army). I put our leftovers into a square baking dish and topped it with my remaining Parmesan. I tossed it in the oven just to heat it back up. Those who tried it, loved it. I know one person who got at least seconds, if not more. I was kind of hoping that no one would eat it so I could have it all to myself. I love to eat spaghetti leftovers for literally 4 days. I was really looking forward to having tons of leftovers to eat. But I guess that no leftovers is a huge compliment as well because that means everyone loved it! I know we certainly did and it's definitely one I will make over and over.

What you need:
  • 1 lb. spaghetti or fettuccine (we used angel hair)
  • 3 lemons
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 oz. Parmesan, plus some (our shredded comes in 3 oz. pkgs)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh or Dry Basil
Cook pasta according to package directions - reserve 2 cups of pasta cooking water before draining.
 (Kelley said 1 1/2, I used all of that and next time I'm gonna save a little more)

Zest your lemons and then juice them (in separate bowls). 
 You will end up with roughly 1/3 to 1/2 cup lemon juice.
In the pot where your pasta just was, combine EVOO, cream, zest, and 1 cup of reserved pasta water. 
Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes.

Add pasta and stir to coat. Turn off heat.

Add cheese and lemon juice. Stir.
Add 1/4 cup of reserved water at a time until you reach your desired "sauciness" or "looseness".
Then add basil, salt, and pepper to desired amount.

Serve topped with extra Parmesan.

A peek at my past SRC recipes: Brisket & Veggies, Banana Custard Cream Pie, Chicken Egg Rolls, and Hamantaschen.

Other reveals from my fellow Group D-ers:


Lindsay Seal said...

I love lemon pasta! Yours looks great!

Sarah - The Home Cook said...

Looks like a great, simple pasta dish.

Jenni said...

Oh, Lemon Spaghetti! What a great recipe, it looks like it would be lots of fun to make and eat - and I bet the leftovers would be awesome, too! :)

Joanna said...

I am always on the lookout for lemon recipes, this pasta looks so good! And I am the same way, I would eat pasta for days and days!

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

This looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Mmmmm. This will be good for summer. Pasta tends to not be on our summer menus, but the lemon might make it refreshing. Thanks for linking to Must Try Monday.

Unknown said...

I'm salivating at the sound (and looks) of your completed dish! Well done! When's dinner? LOL

Chocolate & Chillies said...

So refreshing! Perfect for spring!

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

i love love love anything citrusy, so i know i'd love this dish! it reminds me a bit of a creamy avocado pasta dish i make that i love, too. glad to meet you through the SRC - i'm a fellow group D'er! =)

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I love a simple pasta like this! Lemon flavor is great!

Comfy cuisine said...

A great change of pace for pasta! Sounds delish!

Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes said...

I just love fettucine - I have never even thought about a lemon fettucine - sounds AMAZING!

Kristen said...

That sounds like such a bright sunshiny dish. I really need to use more lemons in savory dishes!

Diane Balch said...

I love this kind of simple comfy recipe. Please share it on my Foodie Friday linky today.

Kelley said...

Thank you for the nice write up Sarah! I am glad that you enjoyed the recipe. We would love it if you joined us over at April is peas month!

Jaime said...

This looks wonderful! So simple but yet I would imagine so flavorful! Thanks for linking up to Mom's Test Meal Mondays!