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Spaghetti with Lemon and Toasted Walnuts

This simple Italian combination is tasty on its own, or it can be filled out with roasted or steamed vegetables.



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1 cup walnut halves
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½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
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¼ cup olive oil
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¼ cup lemon juice
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2 tsp. grated organic lemon zest
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1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
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¾ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
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1 lb. spaghetti
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1 cup Italian parsley, coarsely chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast walnuts on baking sheet 
10 minutes. Cool, and coarsely chop.

2. Whisk together cheese, oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and pepper in large bowl.

3. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, and reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Add drained pasta to cheese mixture, and toss to combine, adding some pasta water if mixture seems too thick. Stir in parsley and walnuts, and season with salt and more pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Information: 

12 g
Total Fat: 
18 g
Saturated Fat: 
3 g
46 g
4 mg
83 mg
4 g
1 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe



Great recipe. I accidentally discovered that the walnuts take on an even better flavor if they're toasted almost to the point of burnt. I've also mixed left over kale and roasted tomatoes in with it. A very flexible and tasty recipe.

Wonderful, tastey !


Loved this! Light, fresh, with a bit of crunch.



Very simple but very tasty dish

This pasta recipe was one of the best i ever tasted, no need for xtra veggies, the combination of all the ingredients where a perfect balance...

Cherie, Parmasean is vegetarian but it's not vegan, that's the difference

Actually, Parmesan contains rennet and is therefore not vegetarian at all.

Delicious. Simple. Easy life. Easy cooking.

I just tried this dish and let me tell you... It is so GOOD. Love it!!! Thank you.

Think i'll make this tonight with some roasted brussels sprouts...mmm!

Good veggie recipe

Wonderful recipe.

Elise you can buy parm without the retin I do it all the time from Sams Club. Most all cheese has it in there unless you look for it. And most cheeses that do not have it are imported.

That pasta looks delicious and healthy. Can't wait to try it.

has anyone tried it cold? Perhaps with a different pasta?

I'm ready to try this recipe. Sounds really good an.d fresh


Parmesan is not vegetarian!!! It contains tennett which Is derived from a cow's stomach.... shame on vegetarian times for not sharing this information & for sharing a non vegetarian recipe again!


I will try to veganise that recipe, it looks delicious !

Sounds delicious!!!!!!! Thank you. I'll try it . ;)

Try this

Sounds delicious, but 1 lb. of spaghetti does not serve 8, unless they are eating antipasti and a second course!

love it :)

Can"t wait to try it. Thanks.

We make this with whole wheat angel hair, which suits the delicate sauce perfectly. Delicious!

Thanks again. This sounds absolutely delicious

Can a different nut be used that won't over power the lemon?

You can get vegetarian Parmesan. Also to veganise it, pop some ground almonds and nutritional yeast into a food processor. Sounds nice, i`m going t give it a try.

Great! Send us more veggies recipe thank you. God bless.<3 :)

To Michelle from back in 2014 - would be better if you tried to educate rather than merely chastise. A substitute for parmesan could be nutritional food yeast to keep it vegetarian.

unfortunately parmesan is made with calf rennet

Cheaper parmesan is usually vegetarian, always check the ingredients.

You can easily veganise this recipe by leaving out the olive oil and using some pasta water, and toasting cashews, then finely chopping as your parmesan. I do this all the time :)

I'm confused ... I always understood that Parmesan cheese was made with animal rennet and therefore not suitable for vegetarians, yet it is listed as an ingredient! Has someone discovered a veggie Parmesan?????????

I love this dishom made it every Christmas. Cut out a lot of ingredients. But, fried the nuts with bread crumbs so good