Lemony Spaghetti with Parmesan & Thyme


This simple lemony spaghetti with Parmesan and thyme is delicious on its own or jazzed up with leftover cooked chicken or veggies.

lemony spaghetti with parmesan and thyme
Photo: Brie Passano
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper, or more to taste

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water, then drain.

  2. Return the pot to medium heat. Add butter, oil, thyme, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper and the reserved 1/4 cup pasta water. Stir to combine. Return the spaghetti to the pot along with Parmesan. Toss well to coat. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

344 Calories
16g Fat
43g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Vitamin A 272IU 5%
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 41mcg 10%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 269mg 12%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 77mg 18%
Potassium 271mg 6%
Zinc 2mg 18%

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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