Sophia Loren famously said, “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti” Coming from one of the most desirable women the world has ever known, this pasta argument was sound.
In perusing Loren’s own culinary secrets, one recipe immediately stood out: her lemon spaghetti. Not only is it a major nod to the dish that Loren said was responsible for her great beauty, it’s an amalgamation of a variety of wonderful things: garlic, lemon, cream.
Amped-up Pasta al Limone inspired by Sophia Loren
8 oz. spaghetti (half a package)
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
Zest from 2 lemons
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup heavy cream, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan, with extra for serving
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (not dried)
Salt a large pot of water and turn your heat to high. When the water is boiling, cook the pasta until al dente. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté lightly. Add 1/4 cup of the cream. Add salt and pepper and stir until smooth.
When the pasta is finished cooking, drain and add to the saucepan along with the remaining cream. Add in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Toss well, making sure that all the spaghetti gets covered. Add parmesan, chopped fresh basil, plus salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Top with more lemon zest if desired.
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