Lemon Garlic Pasta is a simple and flavorful comfort food ready in less than 20 minutes. It doesn't get any easier than this pasta.
India celebrates 70th Independence day on 15th August 2016. It is during days of national importance like these that I become nostalgic, and remember my school days the most. Though my generation was not part of the freedom struggle, I have heard a lot of anecdotes and stories of that era from my grandparents that makes celebrating this day even more meaningful. I am sure it is the case with everyone of you. Days of national importance fills us with a lot of pride and responsibility towards this world (we are global citizens after all). When I look back, I realize I had the same feelings even during my school days. I remember Independence day celebration rehearsals in our school would begin as early as mid-July. Irrespective of the rehearsal timings, weather (it used to be peak rainy season in coastal Karnataka), or day of the week everyone used to participate with a lot of fervor. And on August 15th, the day would begin as early as 7 am in the morning, everyone would arrive is neat white uniforms with a special tri-color badge, and in an extremely disciplined manner assemble in the school ground. Joy and pride would be a common sight. Once the dignitaries arrive, the independence day events would begin with flag hoisting, singing of the national anthem 'Jana Gana Mana', followed by physical exercise, speech by the chief guest on Independence day, and then distribution of sweets. The entire school would then take part in the parade with the class and school representatives carrying the national flag and chanting Vande Mataram.
Of course after school days, my Independence day routine has changed. And now after coming to the US, I watch the Prime Minister of India addressing the nation and the march-past that is relayed live online. I also enjoy listening to a lot of old and new patriotic songs and watch movies on that day. I make sure I prepare all my food on this day with some patriotic element.
To all my friends who were requesting for a Independence day post, I present to you this simple tri-color lemon garlic pasta recipe. The highlight of this dish is the flavor of garlic and tanginess of the lemon. Sometimes, even with the simple ingredients you can have a good time. This pasta is packed with flavors, and is very easy to prepare. Do give this simple pasta recipe a try, and also do not forget to let me know how you generally celebrate your nation's important days! I would love to hear from all of you. Once again to all my readers from India, I wish you a peaceful and a very happy Independence day!
Preparation time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4
Ingredients for Lemon Garlic Pasta
Pasta of your choice - 350 g
Olive oil - 3 ½ tbsp
Garlic cloves finely chopped - 1 bulb (10 to 12 cloves)
Lemon zest - 1 ½ tsp
Lemon juice - ¼ cup
Red pepper flakes - 1 tsp
Basil leaves - 1 tsp
Parsley leaves - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Vegan cheese / Parmesan cheese grated - ⅓ cup
Steps to prepare Lemon Garlic Pasta
- Cook the pasta according to the package instructions and keep it aside.
- Heat olive oil in a pan. Add garlic cloves and saute it on medium to medium low flame till it turns golden brown in color.
- Now add the lemon zest and lemon juice, basil leaves, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and mix.
- Add the cooked pasta and toss till combined.
- Lemon Garlic Pasta is now ready. Garnish it with fresh grated cheese just before you serve and enjoy.
Also check out my mushroom cheese pasta recipe.
- The secret here is in sauteing the garlic. If you saute it on a high flame, it will become dark brown and bitter and if you do not cook until garlic turns golden brown, you will get its raw flavor in the dish.
- You can add shrimp or other sea food to the recipe if desired.
- I have used dried basil and parsley in the recipe. You can substitute with fresh herbs.
- Use any pasta of your choice.