Lemon Feta Pasta
It’s 9:30 AM and all I can think about is this pasta.
That has to say something.
That something is… Make this.
One night we were out of groceries, the humid weather made the oven off limits, and I was slowly reaching hanger. I put a pot of water to boil and tried to figure out what kind of sauce to make with some pasta.
Lemons, I thought to myself, would be so refreshing and lovely. Then I remembered that lemon juice would give me heartburn as bad as crushed tomatoes would and nixed it. A few minutes later I looked at that lemon again and I swear a lightbulb went off in my head… lemon ZEST!
The zest of the lemon has such nice flavor without adding all the acidity of the juice. I pulled some basil off my plant, cut up some feta, mixed it all together and a new favorite recipe was born. If you want a light and refreshing summer dish, this is it.
Lemon Feta Pasta
Serves 4-6 depending on what else you serve
1 lb thin spaghetti
about 8-10 oz feta packed in water or brine
zest from 3 lemons
2 tbs olive oil
kosher salt and pepper to taste
1 good handful fresh basil (about 20 medium leaves)
Cook pasta according to (al dente) directions. Meanwhile, cut your feta into small pieces and place at bottom of bowl. Add lemon zest, olive oil, and a few good cranks of freshly cracked pepper. Add about 1 ladle pasta water (it’s fine to remove a little while the pasta is cooking) and whisk the whole mixture together. Add the spaghetti and toss with tongs immediately. Rip the basil with your hands and toss into the pasta. If it needs a bit more moistening add a touch more pasta water. Enjoy hot or room temperature.
*Note 1: We like a lot of feta in our pasta and add even a bit more than I specify in the directions. If you’re like us feel free to add more!
*Note 2: This pasta is equally as tasty the next day. When heating in the microwave just be sure to add a few drops of water and cover with a plate.
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What’s your favorite summer dish these days? I could always use some inspiration so I don’t eat this every night for the next two months… although I might anyway.