Lemon-Pepper Capellini

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons butter

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon coarse black pepper

2 lemons, zested and juiced


1/2 pound capellini

1/2 cup shredded or torn basil leaves

Grated cheese, to pass at table


  1. Place water on to boil for pasta.
  2. In a large skillet combine olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add garlic, pepper and the lemon zest.
  3. Salt water when it boils then cook capellini to al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Add a ladle of cooking water to lemon pepper butter and stir in the lemon juice. Drain pasta and toss with lemon-pepper butter and salt, to taste. Add the basil to the pasta and serve a small bundle alongside your entree or serve as a delicate first course.