Saturday, July 11, 2009

Pioneer Woman's Baked Lemon Spaghetti

I was both intrigued and skeptical of the Pioneer Woman's Baked Lemon Pasta. It seemed an interesting combination of flavors, although I wasn't sure if that was good-interesting or bad-interesting.

I thought this was really delicious, and the fact that it was so fast and easy to prepare sure helped! I think I'd halve it next time; it just made a TON and I had to throw some out even after taking some for lunch a few days.

  • 1 pound thin spaghetti
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste if desired
  • Plenty of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Extra lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook spaghetti until al dente.

In a skillet, melt butter with olive oil over LOW HEAT. When butter is melted, add minced garlic. Squeeze lemon juice into the pan. Turn off heat.

Add sour cream and stir mixture together. Add lemon zest and salt. Taste, then add more salt if necessary.

Pour mixture over drained spaghetti and stir together, then pour spaghetti into an oven safe dish.

Bake, covered, for 15 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes. (Don’t bake too long or the pasta will dry out.)

When you remove it from the oven, squeeze a little more lemon juice over the top.

Top generously with Parmesan cheese, then chopped parsley.Give it a final squeeze of lemon juice at the end.

Serve with crusty French bread and a simple green salad.


  1. i would have overlooked this one but i have to say i applaud you for trying it out! and now i might make it too ; p

  2. Your food photos are beautiful! I like PW too, but haven't tried any of her recipes yet. You have inspired me to do so soon!

  3. It's like Fettuccine Alfredo.... only BETTER!!!! Not to mention healthier!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  4. Don't you just love PW? I haven't tried any of her recipes yet. She makes me want to find a cowboy and move to the country. Okay... well, not everyday.


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