Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lemon Garlic Spaghetti

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Sundays are pretty great. Well, except for the whole "Sunday dinner" thing. I know a lot of families have this tradition, but I consider myself somewhat blessed to have a husband in the ministry. Don't get me wrong-I'm all about cooking. And family. But it's kinda' nice to have the place to myself on Sundays. I don't have to deal with anything in the afternoons and evenings. Except myself. And my bath tub. And the Notebook playing on my 42" HDTV.

These are surprisingly worldly things I'm listing, considering I just got back from worship. I think He gets it, though. He knows I need to soak in some suds and cry at a chick flick. It is, after all, my day of rest.

Speaking of rest, I think we need to rest more and cook less on Sundays. Yes, I just said you need to cook less on Sundays. That means fewer ingredients, less time, and consequently, less stress. I had a friend mention this recipe to me awhile back, but I never had the nerve to try it. Lemon? Gross. I envision myself making that nasty sucking face that little kids do. No thanks.

Consider my mind changed. This is light. Airy, almost. Very natural; almost as if I should be eating it in a vineyard while sipping white wine. Except I don't drink wine, so it would have to be 7Up, just to keep up appearances. Wanna know the cooking time for this?

13 minutes.

I can't do my hair in 13 minutes. I can't get to work in 13 minutes. I sure as heck can't normally make a meal in 13 minutes. Now I will warn you-this is one of my most "go with the flow" recipes I've ever posted. Because quite frankly, I didn't measure everything exactly. Go off of your preferences and tastes. Trust me-it's fun.

Consider it my birthday gift to you...just on my birthday.

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Salt/pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon
  • Cook noodles according to package.
  • In a separate pan, combine garlic and about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Turn heat on medium low and let the two get to know each other. Once the garlic starts to brown even a little bit, take it off the heat immediately. Garlic cooks quick.
  • Add a small splash of the balsamic vinegar. We're talking about a teaspoon. This stuff is strong, but it adds a nice kick to it.
  • Stir in some basil, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Drain noodles and put back in the pan they were boiled in.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over the noodles and mix well with 2 forks. 
  • Stir in olive oil mixture and mix well.
  • Add about 1/4 cup of parmesan. Mix again.
  • Place spaghetti on serving dish. Top with a dash more of the basil and thyme. Optional: Add a bit of lime zest to make it even sweeter.
Love and light,


  1. I just wanted to thank you for this recipe!!! I found your site through pinterest. I tried this recipe tonight because we wanted something a little different. Let me just say, we fell in love!!!!!!! It's delicious!!! My little boy (age 4) ate 4 big helpings, and my nephew (19) ate about half of the pot!! Thanks so much for the Birthday present (for your Birthday)!!!! :) I love your recipes - THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  2. Celeste, thank you so much for the sweet word and for stopping by! I don't have kids, but my husband LOVED this!!! I hope you enjoy looking around! :)

  3. This recipe looks marvelous. I love your banner at the top of the page. I found you through Tasty Kitchen and I was wondering if you would join my pasta meme. Here is the direct link -

  4. I want this right now! Is it acceptable to make pasta at 9 pm?

    1. I am planning to cook for the family. It sounds great. I am sure that my family will enjoy!!! Thanks Rachael for sharing your recipe.


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