Spaghetti with Rosemary & Lemon

This recipe, adapted from Eat Better, Feel Better, proves that pasta doesn't have to be complicated to be luscious. This dish is very simple but flavorful, so even a smaller portion makes a nice, light meal when paired with a big green salad. You could also add bits of cooked asparagus, broccoli, zucchini—even shrimp if you're not going for a meatless main. Recipe courtesy of EAT BETTER, FEEL BETTER by Giada De Laurentiis. Copyright © 2021. Published by Rodale Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Spaghetti with Rosemary & Lemon
Photo: Kristin Teig
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 quarts water

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1/2 teaspoon, divided

  • 1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti or gluten-free spaghetti

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs

  • 1 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for serving

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, plus more for serving


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Season the water with 1 tablespoon salt. Add pasta and cook for 1 minute less than directed on the package, usually 6 to 7 minutes. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta well.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat for another minute. Add garlic and rosemary and cook until the rosemary is fragrant and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the rosemary to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Continue to cook the garlic until golden brown, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, remove and discard the garlic.

  3. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and, before combining with the oil in the pan, sprinkle the bare pasta with cheese, lemon zest and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water and begin tossing to coat the pasta in the light cheese sauce. Continue to toss, adding more pasta water as needed, to create a creamy sauce. Season with pepper and serve topped with additional cheese, crispy rosemary needles and more pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
13g Fat
47g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 14g 28%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Vitamin A 80IU 2%
Sodium 439mg 19%
Potassium 163mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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