It’s often difficult to think of quick and easy meals that are delicious, nutritious, and suitable for any time of year. However, we’re here to make the job a bit easier with our creamy lemon pasta with basil and citrus seasoning that offers a tangy festival of flavors.
What we’re talking about here is a satisfying, yet fresh meal that takes under 10 minutes to complete and can be put together with just a few basic ingredients. Tasty, quick to make and thrifty - there’s a lot to love about this versatile cuisine.
So, to that delicious recipe!
Now to the part you started reading for - the mouthwatering pasta recipe we promised you! As you can see, the ingredients necessary are easily found and easy on the pocket.
The ingredients you’ll need include:
Dried pasta (ideally penne or rotini)
Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
1 x cup of heavy cream
With all of your ingredients in front of you, put around 12 oz of dried pasta into a large pan of water that’s recently been brought to a boil. Then add a liberal amount of salt before cooking the pasta becomes al dente i.e. it’s firm when bitten.
Keep a Cup of Pasta Water & Drain
Before draining the water away from your cooked pasta, we keep a cup of it to the side. Sure, this might sound a bit strange, but it’s what the Italians do - and they know a thing or two about pasta! Bear with us, as we’ll be using it shortly to add an extra dimension to the sauce!
It’s able to do so because your pasta water is full of starch that both coats the pasta and ensures that your sauce has a nice consistency.
What to Do While Cooking the Pasta
When the pasta is almost finished cooking, you should get out a pan and pour in your heavy cream, along with your citrus seasoning, salt, and pepper. Then add your reserved pasta water before cooking over medium heat for just a couple of minutes until it begins to simmer.
Next, you’ll be pouring the mixture over the pasta and giving everything a good stir - until you’re sure that you’ve covered everything evenly. Then, continue to cook over medium-low heat until the mixture reaches the point where everything looks succulent and glossy.
Once dished up, adding some extra basil and parmesan cheese will add even more depth to the available flavors and have your mouth watering as you prepare to dine.
Serving Ideas For Your Citrus-Seasoned Pasta
This amazingly tasty snack or meal option goes wonderfully with a range of complementing sides and beverages. For instance, creamy pasta with citrus seasoning goes rather well with:
- A simple green salad dressed with olive oil
- Warm focaccia bread straight out of the oven
- Bruschetta with garlic and chopped cherry tomatoes
- Whole roasted carrots
- Cheesy breadsticks
In terms of accompanying beverages, a nice long iced tea will sit very well, or perhaps a drop of red wine if you’re after something a little stronger! We’d avoid a white wine on this occasion, as the lemon zestiness of the dish can leave your sauvignon blanc feeling a little tasteless.
A Taste Explosion that’s Ready In 10 Minutes!
We sincerely hope that you enjoy this delightful dish that’s so easy and quick to make. There aren’t many other dishes that offer a taste explosion with so few ingredients and take so little time to put together. However, when you taste our pasta with citrus for yourself, you’ll see it’s time well spent.
One of the key ingredients for this dish is the citrus seasoning that you use and it’s easy to get hold of high-quality herbs like this for your own cooking. Simply head over to the Little Istanbul Gifts shop today, where you’ll discover an array of spices from all over the world.
We have everything you could possibly need to add life and new dimensions to your cuisine, so why not take a look today? You might just find something that tickles your fancy!