Lemon Pine Nut Pasta

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"So quick and easy to throw together. This is a perfect side dish, but is also great main dish - just add some grilled chicken and you have dinner. Pine nuts, fresh lemon, and parsley are key for this dish. Now, the picture I posted is with a spinach fettuccine, only because I wanted to use it up - but the whole wheat pasta is my favorite. However, it does show that you can use your favorite pasta for this recipe."

Original recipe yields 3-6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (430.3 g)
  • Calories 923.2
  • Total Fat - 48.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 21.1 mg
  • Sodium - 1062 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 109.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 17.9 g
  • Sugars - 4.9 g
  • Protein - 24.8 g
  • Calcium - 403.7 mg
  • Iron - 4.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 82.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step 1

Pine Nuts ... In a large pot (that you will use to boil the pasta), add the pine nuts and toast on medium heat for a couple of minutes until you can smell them, but also when they start to lightly brown. They go quickly, so keep an eye on them. Remove from the pot to a small bowl until later.

Step 2

Pasta ... Cook the pasta according to package directions in salted water. Once the pasta is done, remove 1 cup of the pasta water and reserve it for the sauce. Drain the rest of the pasta and set to the side in a serving bowl.

Step 3

Sauce ... In the same pot once again, add the olive oil and garlic and cook on medium heat just for a minute until the garlic starts to brown. Not too high of heat, you don't want the garlic to burn. Add the pasta back in, along with the lemon juice, lemon zest, pine nuts, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper and mix well to combine. Add a little of the pasta water to create a lighter creamier sauce. Add as much as you want.

Step 4

Garnish and Serve ... Extra parmesan, lemon slices or parsley for a garnish. Serve and ENJOY! And, as I mentioned, grilling a couple of chicken breasts, thin sliced and top the pasta would make a great main dish.

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I was searching for some type of pasta to have with lemon chicken and this one fit the bill. It was super delicious and was an excellent choice! There will be many repeats for it!

review by:
(6 Oct 2014)


More than 5 stars for this recipe!

review by:
(26 Aug 2012)