Spaghetti al Limone with Asparagus

May 10, 2023

Spaghetti al Limone with Asparagus

Recipe by Evan Funke

bonappetit.com

Ingredients

4 servings

1 lb. spaghetti

⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 large bunch asparagus, trimmed, thinly sliced on a deep diagonal

4 garlic cloves, smashed

4 3"-long strips lemon zest

½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

8 large basil leaves

2 lemons, halved

2 oz. Parmesan, finely grated (about 1 cup), plus more for serving

Preparation

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1½ cups pasta cooking liquid.
    Step 2
    Meanwhile, heat oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium-high until shimmering. Add asparagus, season with salt, and cook, stirring often, until just beginning to take on color, about 1 minute. Add garlic, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and let sit until pasta is done.
    Step 3
    Add pasta and basil to pot with asparagus mixture and return to medium-high heat. Squeeze juice from both lemons into pot and add 2 oz. Parmesan and 1 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid. Cook, tossing vigorously and adding more pasta cooking liquid if needed, until sauce is creamy and emulsified and pasta is coated, about 1 minute. Taste and season with more salt if needed. Remove and discard garlic.
    Step 4
    Divide pasta among bowls, placing a lemon strip in each, and top with more Parmesan.



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