lemon herb pasta

Lemon Herb Pasta

I am aching for the fresh tastes of spring and summer. Perhaps because it is the end of February, or because I am anxious to get my garden going, but when I kind of went crazy when I ordered this week’s Bountiful Basket. I bought an organic basket with 4 different add ons, and received more produce and herbs than I could possibly cook!  But it feels great to have a fridge full of fresh produce. 

I ordered an herb basket and received sage, rosemary, oregano, basil, vanilla beans, dill, and a few others.  The whole bag smells like an herb melody, which I am pretty sure boosts my endorphin levels.  I wanted to use up all of the yummy herbs before they went bad, so I decided to throw some of them together, with good olive oil, garlic and fresh lemon juice, and toss it with some tortellini, to make a lemon herb pasta.

This is a quick recipe, and one that can be interchanged with many herbs you may have on hand, or any pasta in your pantry.  

Of the herbs I had, I decided to use parsley, basil and  thyme, since I think those pair especially well with pasta.  I thought the lemon would add a nice balance of acidity to give the sauce another dimension.  I also added garlic, because garlic makes everything taste better. 

This lemon herb pasta turned out delightfully!  It was quick and easy to prepare, but had the wonderful garden-fresh taste of summer.  

lemon herb pasta sauceLemon Herb Pasta 

  • 1 cup uncooked tortellini 
  • A few sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 10-20 leaves of fresh basil
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme, stems removed
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil 
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Bring a pot of water to a boil, and cook tortellini according to package directions. 

Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.  Transfer to a small pot, and warm lemon and herb sauce over medium-high heat for a minute or two, then remove from heat.

When tortellini is cooked, drain, and toss with lemon herb sauce until well coated.  Serve warm with a sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. 

Lemon Herb Pasta
 
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Recipe type: Lunch/Pasta
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked tortellini
  • A few sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 10-20 leaves of fresh basil
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme, stems removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup good olive oil
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and cook tortellini according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small pot, and warm lemon and herb sauce over medium-high heat for a minute or two, then remove from heat.
  3. When tortellini is cooked, drain, and toss with lemon herb sauce until well coated. Serve warm with a sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Lemon and herb pasta



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5 Responses to Lemon Herb Pasta

  1. Winnie says:

    This is such a great dish!!
    My husband can eat past almost every day, I’m more particular and you used a great combination of flavors. I looooooove basil and together with lemon – it’s perfect 🙂

  2. Cynthia L says:

    Perfect spring dish! My whole family loves tortellini and we find it to be a quick meal when we are busy. This light sauce will be perfect for the spring and summer!

  3. What a perfect dinner for Lent. My kids just started liking tortellini again.

  4. Susan says:

    Not only am I now hungry but I can smell the herb melody you described. My family adores tortellini, I’ll be trying your lemon herb recipe out soon.

  5. Corinne says:

    I love tortellini with pesto. The added tartness of the lemon sounds amazing. Pinning this to try! Thanks for sharing.

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