Giada’s Lemon Spaghetti

Giada’s Lemon Spaghetti is a light and refreshing pasta dish with lots of lemon, cheese and basil.

Giada's Lemon Spaghetti - Confessions of a Cooking Diva

I have heard a lot of good things about Giada’s Lemon Spaghetti over the years (I guess it’s her most popular dish!), but it took me a long time to try it. I love lemon, but my husband is not as big of fan of it, and I was worried the lemon in this dish would be overwhelming. It’s not!

The lemon gives the spaghetti a light, tart taste and the mix of the Parmesan cheese and basil are the perfect compliment to the tartness. This was hands down a favorite in our house. We gobbled it up quickly.

I didn’t change anything from Giada’s original recipe. Next time I may add a bit more basil and double the recipe. It was that good!

Giada’s Lemon Spaghetti


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (It took 4 small lemons for me to get enough juice. Giada says 3 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonad


  1. Boil pasta in a large pot of salted water and cook according to package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water for later.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, Parmesan cheese and lemon juice.
  3. Toss the pasta with the sauce adding the pasta water 1/4 cup at a time as needed to moisten.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with the lemon zest and basil.
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Adapted from Food Network

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  1. I have never had a lemon spaghetti, but it sounds like an easy, fresh pasta dish to make. #HomeMattersParty

  2. I’m sure I would love this combo! #HomeMattersParty

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