Recipe: Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon Zest

Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon Zest, Courtesy:
Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon Zest, Courtesy:

Angel hair pasta is a very light pasta, which is often (but not always) sold in a nest-like shape. Thinner than traditional spaghetti, it works well in soups and seafood or with light sauces.  This very simple, yet elegant, recipe features angel hair pasta, with a delicate lemon-infused olive oil “sauce.”

1 pound angel hair pasta
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lemon, zested
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. Cook the angel hair pasta according to the package instructions.
  2. When the pasta is nearly done, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the lemon zest, salt, and pepper and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water, if needed.
  4. Remove the infused oil from the heat, add the pasta, and toss to coat, adding pasta cooking water, if needed.
  5. Grate just a hint of Parmesan on the pasta before serving.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • I used more than just a little bit of Parmesan cheese! I sprinkled grated Parmesan cheese over the entire dish – yum!
  • If you really like a lot of lemon flavor, you can squeeze the juice from the lemon into the olive oil, before adding the pasta to it.
  • A dash of garlic also added some depth to the dish.
  • Consider garnishing this dish with a sprig of parsley and/or lemon wedges, to add some color.

Yield: 4 servings




2 thoughts on “Recipe: Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon Zest

  1. Mandi September 2, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    This looks yummy. Would probably serve with some rocket salad leaves … Thanks!


    • Nancy at Food Mingle Blog September 8, 2014 / 4:58 pm

      That sounds great, Mandi – I love arugula! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.


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