Spaghetti Limone

Spaghetti Limone is a buttery, lemony pasta dish drizzled with olive oil and topped with a bit of parmesan cheese, and is on the table in just a few minutes… This is about as easy and delicious as it gets!

Total time: 20 minutes


  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles (stick to this size noodle)
  • ½ medium lemon, juiced (approximately 2½ tablespoons)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pats, divided*
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (or less, just to taste)


  1. Bring a large pot filled with salted water to a boil.
  2. Add noodles and cook until al dente, according to package directions.
  3. Drain noodles and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.** Set the cooked noodles aside.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, add ¼ cup pasta water, lemon juice, and 4 tablespoons of the butter.
  5. Once butter is melted, add the cooked noodles and toss to coat.
  6. Add ½ teaspoon salt and the remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
  7. Once the butter has melted, divide noodles into warmed bowls.
  8. Top each bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and 2-3 tablespoons parmesan cheese per bowl. Serve immediately.

*You can cut the butter in half and add a bit of extra pasta water.

**Due to the starchy content, pasta water adds a salty flavor to the dish, as well as helps thicken the sauce and evenly coats each and every noodle. And, in a recipe like this, you want to enjoy the buttery, lemony flavors in every bite! Don’t skip this step!s