Sunday, January 11, 2009

Lemon Garlic Pasta--from Kris

Lemon Garlic Pasta

- 1 lb pasta of your choice (we use spaghetti)
- olive oil
- parmesan cheese
- lemon juice (usually 2 or 3 lemons)

Cook the pasta and set aside to drain. In the pan that the pasta was cooked in (I do this so that I don't dirty another pan), heat the oil over medium heat - important not to get it too hot or it will burn the garlic). When oil is hot, add minced garlic and cook for a minute or two - don't burn the garlic. The goal is to cook the garlic gently and allow it's flavors to infuse into the oil. Add the pasta back into the pan with the oil, add lemon juice and parmesan cheese and toss well.

There really isn't an "amount" to use of the above items. It all depends on how lemony, how garlic-y and how lubed you like your pasta. It took me a few tries and tweaking to get it to the point that I like it, but now - it is an awesome, easy and delicious side pasta dish. If I want to make it into a main dish, I'll throw some cooked shrimp into it (cooked in a little butter with salt & pepper) and *poof* Lemon garlic pasta with shrimp. You can also toss in some blanched broccoli or whatever. It's great!

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