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This recipe is easy and fast! You can customize it by adding sauteed veggies, like asparagus or broccoli, or by adding protein, like cooked shrimp or chicken. Enjoy this delightfully simple dish!

8 Servings
Preparation time
7 minutes
Cooking time
3 minutes
Total time
10 minutes
2 qt water
1 tsp salt
1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
¼ C olive oil
3 clv garlic
3 fresh rosemary
1 C Parmesan cheese
1 tsp lemon zest
½ tsp ground black pepper

1. Bring water and 1 tsp of salt to a boil. Add pasta to boiling water and cook for 1 minute less than the directions on the package suggest, around 7 minutes. Reserve 1 ½ c pasta water, then drain the pasta thoroughly.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Then add the garlic and rosemary and cook until fragrant, around 2 minutes. Transfer the rosemary to a plate lined with paper towel to drain. Remove garlic from the oil with a slotted spoon and discard.

3. Add the drained pasta to the skillet and sprinkle the cheese, lemon zest, and pepper onto the pasta. Add ½ c reserved pasta water to the skillet and begin to toss the ingredients together. This will make a light cheese sauce for the pasta. Add more reserved pasta water, as needed, to create a creamy sauce. Toss ingredients until thoroughly combined and pasta is covered in the cheese sauce.

4. Season with crispy rosemary needles, taste, and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve warm.


Per Serving: Calories 133 kcal, Carbohydrates 21.6g, Protein 4g, Saturated Fat 0.4g, Sodium 220.1mg, Fiber 3.2g, Sugars 0.1g