Browned Butter Lemon Spaghetti

Lately I’ve been in sort of a food rut. I also work a lot of hours, and don’t always have time to cook a really elaborate meal. This recipe was the perfect solution to my food blues–it’s easy, fast, and super delicious. So without further ado…


Browned Butter Lemon Spaghetti

From: The Way To His Heart


1/4 cup unsalted butter

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 tsp lemon zest

2 Tbsp seasoned bread crumbs

2 Tbsp lemon juice

8 oz spaghetti, uncooked

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

2 oz fresh, finely grated Romano cheese

8 basil leaves, chopped


Cook pasta according to directions.

Brown butter in a small sauce pan and set aside. Heat olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add garlic and lemon zest and saute until lightly golden. Add breadcrumbs and toast until golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Pour the breadcrumb mixture into the browned butter and add the lemon juice. Whisk the mixture until well combined.

Once pasta has cooked, drain and return to the pot. Pour the browned butter mixture over the pasta and toss. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add Romano cheese and basil and toss to evenly coat.


I didn’t have any Romano cheese on hand, but I thought this was still super delicious without it!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maeghan
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 18:13:17

    So glad you enjoyed it!


  2. thelittleblackraincloudblog
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 19:37:37

    Yum….that sounds right up my alley! I prefer spaghetti with butter and parm vs. spaghetti sauce. You can’t go wrong with garlic and lemon in something…I’ll have to try this out pretty soon!


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