Zesty Spaghetti Aglio E Olio with Lemon and Spinach: A Fresh Twist on a Classic Italian Recipe

Elevate your pasta night with our Zesty Spaghetti Aglio E Olio with Lemon and Spinach, a refreshing twist on the classic Italian favorite. This vibrant dish combines the traditional flavors of garlic and olive oil with the bright zing of fresh lemon and the nutritious goodness of spinach.

Pooja Thakur
Zesty Spaghetti Aglio E Olio with Lemon and Spinach: A Fresh Twist on a Classic Italian Recipe
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Elevate your pasta night with our Zesty Spaghetti Aglio E Olio with Lemon and Spinach, a refreshing twist on the classic Italian favorite. This vibrant dish combines the traditional flavors of garlic and olive oil with the bright zing of fresh lemon and the nutritious goodness of spinach. Originating from Naples, Spaghetti Aglio E Olio, meaning "spaghetti with garlic and oil," is known for its simplicity and depth of flavor.

In this version, the addition of lemon juice and zest adds a citrusy burst that perfectly complements the rich garlic-infused olive oil, while fresh spinach leaves provide a delightful pop of color and a boost of vitamins. The subtle heat from red pepper flakes ties all the flavors together, making every bite a tantalizing blend of tangy, savory, and slightly spicy notes.

Perfect for a quick and healthy dinner, this dish pairs wonderfully with a side of Fruit & Vegetable Salad With Thousand Island Dressing and some Garlic Bread and a glass of chilled white wine. It’s an ideal choice for those looking to enjoy a light yet satisfying meal that celebrates the essence of Italian cuisine with a modern, healthy twist.

You can also try other similar recipes such as

  1. Pasta Aglio Olio
  2. Burnt Garlic Pasta With Mushroom
  3. Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta with Spinach

Cuisine: Italian Recipes
Course: Dinner
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

60 M

Total in

70 M

Makes:

4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 300 grams Durum Wheat Spaghetti Pasta
  • 200 grams Spinach , roughly chopped
  • 10 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli flakes
  • Lemon zest , a pinch
  • 1 Lemon , juice extracted
  • Salt , to taste
  • 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil , adjustable
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese , grated or powdered

How to make Zesty Spaghetti Aglio E Olio with Lemon and Spinach: A Fresh Twist on a Classic Italian Recipe

  1. To begin Spaghetti Aglio E Olio With Spinach and Lemon, prepare all the ingredients and keep them ready.

  2. Bring water to boil in a large cooking pot large enough to hold a pasta or simply a Multi purpose pasting cooking pot and steamer

  3. Add salt to the boiling water and the Spaghetti pasta. Gently allow the spaghetti to soften and keep dipping the spagheti in the boiling water until it is completely immersed. Once immersed, allow the spaghetti pasta to cook until it has an al dente texture  -the texture of the pasta should be tender but firm and chewy — it's a happy medium between hard.

  4. Once done, drain the pasta from the water and reserve 2 to 3 ladles of the pasta water. This water will help in attaining the silkiness of the pasta.

  5. In a stir fry pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red chillies. Saute for a minute and toss in the chopped spinach and the lemon zest along with juice from one lemon. Saute on high heat until the spinach wilts down.

  6. Add the cooked spaghetti, some pasta water, salt to taste and toss all the ingredients together until well combined for about 2 to 3 minutes. Check the salt and adjust to suit your taste.

  7. Spaghetti Aglio E Olio pasta has to be served fresh and hot off the stove. Gently transfer the pasta into serving plates, grate a little more parmesan cheese and serve hot.

  8. Serve Lemony Spinach Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pasta along with Fruit & Vegetable Salad With Thousand Island Dressing and some Garlic Bread and a glass of chilled white wine.