If you're looking for a lighter spaghetti dinner this might be the one for you. It's a great option for a summer pasta with a fresh pop of lemon, sauteed asparagus, fresh basil and cheese. It takes only a handful of ingredients to make this delicious lemony spaghetti with asparagus and basil.
Lemony Spaghetti is a Great Lighter Dinner Option
In the cooler months, I will definitely go for a heartier pasta dish like my ultimate spaghetti lasagna. That is one of my all-time favorite winter comfort foods. However, when the warmer weather hits, I still crave my pasta, but I like it a little lighter. You can certainly make this dish with penne pasta if you like, but I prefer it with spaghetti. When I'm working with fewer ingredients I find they toss well with spaghetti. With heartier ingredients, they toss well with penne, in my opinion.
I love the freshness of this dish. The lemons, asparagus and fresh basil are a winning combo for sure. The pasta water is going to give us the creamy, salty component and the parmesan cheese lends us that cheesy flavor we're craving without feeling like a gut buster.
Cooking with Leftovers in Mind: Lemony Spaghetti Lunches
The recipe serves 4-6 and you can certainly stretch it a bit if you serve this with a side salad too. If you're cooking for fewer people, not to worry. Remember, I love cooking with leftovers in mind so I have built-in lunches for a couple of days. If you start to plan your meals and allow yourself to make more than you need, you will save money. Take your leftovers and do your meal prep. Pack 2-3 lunches in containers. When you're ready to reheat, add a splash of water, cover with plastic wrap and heat in the microwave.
Once your leftovers are heated, toss the pasta with a fork to re-constitute that sauce and you're good to go. Save you hard-earned money and don't waste it eating out lunch every day.
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