Recipe: Spaghetti al Limone with Toasted Almonds

Light, authentic and perfect for Sunday supper.

By: Rossella Rago, Cooking with Nonna


  • 1 Pound spaghetti
  • 1 Cup Basil Leaves packed, finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of 2 Lemons
  • 1 Cup Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • 1 Cup Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1/2 Cup Toasted Almonds, coarsely chopped


  1. Bring a pot of generously salted water to a boil and drop in the spaghetti.
  2. While the pasta is cooking combine the basil, zest, juice, cheese and oil. mix together until combined. Cook the spaghetti until al dente.
  3. Before draining scoop out a cup of the pasta water and reserve.
  4. Drain the spaghetti and add to the mixing bowl. Toss together until all the ingredients are fully incorporated. If the mixture is dry, add some of the pasta water to loosen.
  5. Portion into bowls and sprinkle with toasted almonds.

Yield: Serves 4-6

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