Easy Sunday Lemon Pasta


Sunday is special.

Sunday is my day for farmer’s market strolls, off-key church singing, and giant bowls of pasta.

Sunday is not my day for standing in long grocery store lines, trying terribly to sing on-key, and dainty salads.

I don’t take out my measuring cups.  I leave a few dirty dishes in the sink.  I try not to work too hard… excepts I end up working a bit anyway.

At least there’s pasta.


Easy Sunday Lemon Pasta

Cook pasta in boiling salted water.  When the pasta is almost cooked through, add a good handful of frozen peas to the boiling water.  When pasta is al dente, drain.  Return hot pasta and peas to the pan.  Douse liberally with olive oil and fresh lemon juice.  Add lemon zest if you’d like.  Sprinkle generously with red pepper flakes, salt, fresh chopped parsley and parmesan cheese.

For some added kick, saute some minced garlic and diced onions in olive oil and add to the hot pasta.  Add chicken.  Add grilled steak.  Add roasted cherry tomatoes.  Throw in a splash of cream.  Basil!  Oregano!  More cheese!  Live well.  It’s Sunday.

73 thoughts on “Easy Sunday Lemon Pasta

    1. Funny thing — the first thing I ever served to guests was lemon pasta too. Except I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe. But I greatly like this idea of adding roasted cherry tomatoes. And maybe some blanched spinach. And roasted asparagus chunks. To quote Joey Tribbiani … “That’s like summer in a bowl.”

  1. Mmmm. That looks marvelous. I L-O-V-E peas but I always forget about adding them to things like pasta! Perhaps there is some lovely lemon pasta in my Sunday future… Fingers crossed. Sunday is certainly not a day for salads, especially in the midst of a hurricane.


  2. …Should read: “Throw in a splash of cream. Basil! Oregano! More cheese! “Pour wine!” Live well. It’s Sunday.” ;o)

    …I love this! It does seem the more you spoke of adding a lil’ bit of ‘dis or a lil’ bit of ‘dat it started sounding more to my liking instead of the simple lemon & pasta. I know, I know, some days I can be so complex, why I ask? *sigh*eyeroll*

    …Thank you for the recipe Joy! Have an awesome Sunday!

    …Blessings :o)

  3. This looks awesome! I am making pasta tonight, the kind where you start adding stuff and then keep adding and adding. I used to call it fiesta macaroni until I decided that party pasta was catchier.

  4. Joy, you make simple sound so elegant. I love me some pasta and like using this general strategy of mixing in what I have on hand or found at the farmers market with some good cheese. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I think every day should be big bowl of pasta day! This idea of lemon pasta is wonderful. I like the idea of roasted cherry tomatoes and basil as you suggest with a little chicken perhaps to make a great dinner. Thanks.

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