Doesnt it look good? I LOVE pasta. I really could eat it every day of the week, but due to the fact that I need some protein in my life, (which I could easily forget to eat), I don't make it often.
This was Bo's request. He loves pasta!
I know there are many great Italian artists out there. And I have several Italian cookbooks by different authors. But I usually reach first for Giada. Many of her recipes pull from her California heritage as well as her Italian roots. They are light on ingredients and calories, but heavy on flavor.
That is how I try to cook.
So the recipe I chose was from "Giada's Kitchen". I used the recipe Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil as inspiration only, making numerous changes.
Linguine with Lemon Sauce (Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb linguine
1 lb linguine
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1 lemon, zested
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 red bell peppers, diced (roasted peppers work great here!)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
fresh grated parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 6-7 minutes. Drain pasta, over the peppers if they are not roasted, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the cooked linguine, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine. Turn off the heat and add the peas. If needed, add another tablespoon of olive oil. Add some of the cooking water to desired consistency. Add the grated parmesan cheese to the pasta and toss to combine.