The EASY Spaghetti Recipe That Will Impress All Your Friends

Spaghetti, despite what the movies may tell you, is often best enjoyed at home, and alone — not on a first date. From the safe comfort of your couch, you can pile on the cheese, make a fool of yourself by twirl-splashing the noodles on your fork, and still head back to the kitchen for seconds.
Thus, we would humbly like to suggest the end-all-be-all at-home pasta recipe, spaghetti al limone with rosemary. Sure, it sounds fancy, but it's a ruse; this is nothing but a warm, simple plate of pecorino cheese, lemon, garlic, and grains. And, it's just five steps to make. Make it tonight for your solo date with the Gilmore girls — or, if you're really into someone, send an invite for some noodle-slurping à deux.
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Photographed by Davide Luciano.
Spaghetti Al Limone With Rosemary
Serves 2

Prep Time
20-30 minutes
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Photographed by Davide Luciano.
2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp and 1 tsp olive oil, divided
1 cup or 1 oz finely grated pecorino cheese, plus extra for serving
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary, divided
8 oz spaghetti
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Photographed by Davide Luciano.
1. In a large bowl, mix lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper, and salt.

2. Add 3 tablepoons olive oil in a very slow stream, whisking constantly so it emulsifies. Add pecorino and half the rosemary.

3. Heat a small skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat, and add 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently.

4. Add remaining rosemary and cook for another 30 seconds. Add to lemon mixture.

5. Cook spaghetti until al dente, drain, and add to bowl. Stir to coat completely. Serve with extra pecorino cheese and more black pepper.
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