lemon pepper pappardelle

Prologue: This morning Manu's alarm went off bright and early (this week it's the theme song to Pirates of the Caribbean. Oh, Manu. A ten year old at heart.) He turned to me and asked, first thing, "What are you cooking on the blog today? And will you save me some?" When I told him it was the Trader Joe's pappardelle he said, "You never take me to the Joe's!"

A staple in our summer kitchen in Medfield is lemon pepper pappardelle from Trader Joe’s. Peppery with a great big lemon flavor, we eat it as a quick lunch with some olive oil and grated Parmigiano, or as the main event with a cream sauce and some veggies. I love the pappardelle, but since I live in Barletta and TJ’s sadly doesn’t exist, I needed to make my own. Plus, it felt like the perfect day for it - sunny and bright, just like a lemon itself.


Lemon Pepper Pappardelle
1/2 pound pappardelle or fettuccine
1 lemon
3 tablespoons olive oil
crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
1 tsp ground black pepper 
grated cheese
Boil plenty of salted water for the pasta. (Italian lady trick: taste the water, if it’s salty, it’s just right.) In the meantime, zest the lemon and squeeze its juice in a big bowl with the olive oil and two peppers. Drain the pasta reserving about a 1/4 cup of cooking liquid. Toss the pasta with the other ingredients in the bowl adding the reserved cooking liquid for moisture, you might not need it all. Serve immediately with more lemon zest on top and the grated cheese of your choice. Buon appetito!

Another gorgeous weekend is in store for us here in Barletta, so I want to savor every minute outside on our balcony and riding my bike. With a trip to Ikea squeezed in to buy supplies for my new endeavor. :) If you want to take a little virtual trip to Barletta today, check out my post on Elembee
Buon weekend! 

20 comments:

  1. Looks amazing and simple - the best! Anything with pasta involved is a winner in my book :)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  2. it's really that easy? omg. so making this! it looks utterly delicious!

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  3. Um this looks absolutely amazing! I love pasta recipes that don't have a very heavy sauce, I will definitely be trying this!

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  4. Yum this looks amazing! I'm trying this over the weekend!

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  5. Keep the recipes coming! Love them!

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  6. Oh wow this looks delicious and healthy! Keep 'em coming! :)

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  7. another easy-yet-drool-worthy recipe. :)

    ps - Roost is another one of my fave blogs for food photography.

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  8. beautiful photos, delicious recipe...you are going to be brilliant at this food thing :) XO brynn

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  9. That looks really yummy! :)

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  10. we JUST bought the pappardelle from Trader Joe's last night for the first time! How funny is that? We haven't made it yet, but this recipe is pushing me to make some tomorrow :)

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  11. That sounds phenomenal.

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  12. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum. Pinning it!! Making it!!

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  13. there's nothing like really simple pasta. and i always especially love the flat wide noodles.

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  14. this is making me so hungry! I make something similar with whole wheat spaghetti and zucchini, but this pappardelle looks delicious!

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  15. This looks divine. So happy you are sharing your kitchen more with us!

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  16. beautiful shot!! and lemon? yum!

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  17. Anonymous3/11/2012

    This is a great example of how Italians really let the pasta be center stage rather than the sauce. I make homemade papardelle quite often. I love it; biting into a nice thick al dente noodle. I'm gonna try this recipe. If you don't mind, I might try it with meyer lemons and pecorino romano (I love pecorino; right off the block sometimes). Ricotta might also make an appearance, who knows...?

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  18. Anonymous4/10/2012

    Made this for dinner tonight. Big hit! Added grilled chicken right before serving and a squeeze of the lemon...yum! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Elly984/22/2012

    Hi Marissa! I'm an Italian student and my name's Elena. I read your recipe and it seems very good (and the photo, also). I'll absolutely try your recipes because they have a good looking. They are also very easy to do. Your blog is fantastic, very interesting and full of very good recipes! Hope in your answer. Bye, see you soon! :)

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thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, i love reading them so much!

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