Aug 20

Lemon Pasta for Pennies

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Looking for a delicious, but cheap and easy pasta meal? Why not try this simple and tasty Lemon Pasta recipe.

500g tagliatelle costs 70p in Waitrose, and you can probably find pasta even cheaper in Lidl or Aldi. Each person needs 75g-100g dry pasta for a main course, so this pack will feed 5-7 people. Of course, you need a few more ingredients but you get the message – it makes a filling and economical meal, plus who doesn’t love pasta? Kids especially.

Lemon Pasta Recipe

Ingredients: (serves: 5-7 people)

  • 500g pasta
  • 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 100g grated parmesan
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 100g pitted olives (black or green)

1. Cook the pasta in salted water until al dente.
2. Drain, reserving about a mugful of water.
3. Add the lemon juice, oil, parmesan, torn basil leaves, olives, salt, and pepper and stir.
4. Add in enough reserved pasta water to give nice, not-too-sloppy mix.
5. Serve with more parmesan, or mature cheddar if you’re economising.


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