Summer Linguine with Lemon, Feta and Parmesan

October 20, 2011

For me, there’s nothing worse than having to take food photos before the light dies at 4:30, which is why daylight savings is my best friend. The problem is I haven’t adjusted to it yet and shamefully, I’ve been chilling out in the afternoon a little too much before realising that it’s actually 7pm and dinner hasn’t been done. Ugh, darn that lingering Pimms-perfect sunshine!

So that brings me to this gorgeously light and fresh linguine with lemon, feta and parmesan, which is going to be awesome for the warmer months. If you count half-eaten cheeses and limp herbs in the bottom of your crisper as staples like I do (holler) then chances are, you might have all have the ingredients on hand (not that it’s the end of the world if you don’t but geez I really hate emergency supermarket dashes!). In any case, this meal takes no time or effort, which means I can sneak away to prepare it quickly and get back to the porch without anybody noticing. Guilt to leisure in less than 25 minutes. Bless!

This pasta rocks. Plus it goes down so damn well with a crisp white (perhaps something citrusy like a Pinot Grigio?). I absolutely adore its citrusy zing and lemony fragrance, the punches of basil, the sharp feta and yes, even the parmesan. To those who know me, yes it’s true. Believe it and gasp. I like parmesan now.

Summer Linguine with Lemon, Feta and Parmesan
Serves 4
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Total Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 400g packet of dried linguine
  2. 80ml Extra Virgin olive oil
  3. 80ml of lemon juice (about 1.5-2 lemons)
  4. Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  5. 1/2 cup of finely grated parmesan, plus extra to serve
  6. 240g Greek feta, crumbled
  7. 1 bunch of fresh basil leaves
  8. Roasted pine nuts to serve (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook your pasta in plenty of boiled salted water according to packet’s instructions until al-dente. Drain and reserve about 2 tablespoons of the pasta water.
  2. Tip the drained pasta back into the pot then add the oil, lemon juice and rind and toss to coat.
  3. Add the parmesan and most of the feta (reserve some for serving) and toss well to combine, adding some of the pasta water little by little for lubrication as needed.
  4. Season with sea salt and black pepper to taste and check that it’s lemony or cheesy enough for you (personally I like mine extra sour with lemon zest).
  5. Grab whatever amount of basil leaves you like, tear into pieces then toss through the pasta.
  6. Pile onto plates and garnish with extra parmesan, crumbled feta and basil. Sprinkle over the roasted pine nuts if using and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Recipe adapted from Gordon Ramsay’s Cooking For Friends.
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/

 

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Tammi Tyson February 21, 2012 at 20:29

Mmmm looks yum! That pasta looks delicious – simple, easy, fast and like you say, all the ingredients you should have on hand. I’m with you Lisa, I need more lazy quick recipes! Hi Natashia, oooh zucchini would be a lovely addition to this!
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Ilene Parks December 10, 2011 at 20:50

Anyhoos, thanks for the easy recipe! I love how your photos now have a summery look. And I love your blue serving plate. This looks so so tasty!
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Judy December 3, 2011 at 18:25

How heavenly! I’m always missing daylight (being at work and all, and weekends, waking up late to cook a huge meal is kinda the last thing), but I do love those daylight shots, and yours are beautiful! That’s a good bit of pasta I would like to sink my fork into!
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sanfran 101 November 4, 2011 at 18:19

Seems like a good idea. Thanks for sharing it as you’ve given me a bright idea.

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Ayden @ Himalayan Salt November 2, 2011 at 13:25

Looks and reads like a perfectly balanced dish… would like to give this a go.
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penny aka jeroxie October 31, 2011 at 20:46

summer and sydney here I come
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shuvo October 29, 2011 at 09:02
Hotly Spiced October 29, 2011 at 07:29

That pasta looks delicious – simple, easy, fast and like you say, all the ingredients you should have on hand. Perfect! And I love your blue serving plate.
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Martyna@WholesomeCook October 26, 2011 at 22:50

Oh my gosh! All the flavours I really love in a dreamy delicious pasta! I want the heat and the sunshine back so that I can have this for din dins!
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Jennifer (Delicieux) October 26, 2011 at 19:40

This looks fantastic!! It reminds me of a lemon pasta dish I make, but the addition of feta is new. I will have to try this as I love anything lemon.
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Miss Piggy October 26, 2011 at 14:15

This looks easy enough for even moi to make…recipe printed and in handbag. Pimms to be bought asap.
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mademoiselle délicieuse October 26, 2011 at 14:09

Woohoo, you’ve been converted to parmesan! But if you’;re anything like me, then you’ll still steer clear of blue vein… *shudder*
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Vivian - vxdollface October 23, 2011 at 18:21

Delicious combination! I love your aquamarine plate, the colour is so pretty ^^

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mykitchenstories October 21, 2011 at 23:39

Very light and summery, The only way I like pasta. Delicious and lovely daylight saving photos
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shaz October 21, 2011 at 20:59

Bring on summer, yee ha! Bookmarking this for the days I don’t feel like slaving in the kitchen :)
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catty October 21, 2011 at 15:25

How could you have NOT liked parmesan??? YUMMMMMM!!! Well, I’ve always liked parmesan but didn’t use to always like all cheeses but NOW. I LOVE. ALL CHEESES. Anyhoos, thanks for the easy recipe!
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Sara (Belly Rumbles) October 21, 2011 at 00:06

Oh yummy, simple fresh lovely flavours.
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:19

Thank you! It’s amazing how great it tastes with so few ingredients.

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muppy October 20, 2011 at 22:10

This sounds and looks heavenly, it is sooooo nice that the weather is warming up, i will definitely try this.
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 16:02

I really can’t wait till summer! Beach and wine! :P

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gummi baby October 20, 2011 at 21:45

Oooooh, yum! Love the lightness of this, will have to give it a go! Thank you! :D
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:20

You’re welcome! :D

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Lisa October 20, 2011 at 17:05

I totally need more easy recipes like this in my repertoire for when I’m hungry and lazy! This looks so so tasty!
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:21

I’m with you Lisa, I need more lazy quick recipes! Especially since stew season is over :(

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OohLookBel October 20, 2011 at 15:47

I love how your photos now have a summery look. I wish I could do the same, but I never realise it’s too late for light pics till it’s too dark.
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:22

It’s definitely why I love daylight savings. If I actually make dinner early and on time (lol) then there’s still enough light for photos :)

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Megan October 20, 2011 at 15:32

This looks absolutely delicious! I love the addition of pine nuts and the torn up basil. It adds such a fresh element to the whole meal! Yum :)
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:23

Hi Megan, it’s why I love herbs so much. I just add them to everything :)

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Rachel @ Bakerita October 20, 2011 at 12:41

This looks amazing! I love the simplicity of the ingredients. I can only imagine how fresh this would taste!
I’m not a fan of feta, but I’m sure some extra parm would be perfect. Can’t wait to try this in depths of winter when I want a quick summer-y meal :)
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:28

Hi Rachel! This recipe is totally flexible so feel free to add your favourite cheeses if you don’t like feta. Ricotta would be amazing or perhaps pecorino to complement the parmesan? Or for something different, diced haloumi which will go so well with the lemon (and I’d prob add less sea salt and more citrus to balance the saltiness of the haloumi). Hope this helps :D

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Nic@diningwithastud October 20, 2011 at 12:13

What a great pasta dish! So light and really easy for the inghts when you forget and its too late to cook haha
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:29

Hi Nic, I definitely need more lazy recipes like this lol

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Natashia@foodonpaper October 20, 2011 at 11:41

Mmmm looks yum! I make a pasta similar to this with grated zucchini and pine nuts – love summer pastas.
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:30

Hi Natashia, oooh zucchini would be a lovely addition to this! I’m def gonna try that next time :)

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leaf (the indolent cook) October 20, 2011 at 11:38

Well, your food photos do look gorgeous! And this is such a perfect summer pasta.
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:31

Awww thanks so much :D

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chocolatesuze October 20, 2011 at 09:38

YEEEEES! welcome to the parmesan fan club!

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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:31

Hee hee, baby steps but I’m getting there

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Steph October 20, 2011 at 09:22

*weeps* I think I’m going to have sexy dreams about eating this pasta. I need this pasta, it looks so good!
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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2011 at 15:31

*blush*

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