Giada De Laurentiis's 20-Minute Lemon Spaghetti Recipe With Mushrooms by Donna John
Giada De Laurentiis's lemon spaghetti with shrimp was on the menu on a Las Vegas trip years ago. It was just as I expected: creamy, lemony and luscious. But sometimes you want a vegetarian lemon spaghetti (sorry, shrimp).
Giada De Laurentiis's quick lemon spaghetti recipe is amazing, but with my addition of sautéed mushrooms, it's over-the-top good.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 1 pound (16 ounces) spaghetti
- 1 tablespoon plus 2/3 cup olive oil (divided)
- 1 package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms
- 2/3 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (optional)
Here's how to make it:
- Put the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft and golden, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.
- While the pasta cooks, whisk together the 2/3 cup olive oil, Parmesan and lemon juice.
- Toss the pasta with the lemon sauce and the reserved cooking liquid, adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed to moisten. Stir in the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and chopped basil, if desired. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
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