Lemon-Parmesan Spaghetti and Meatballs

lemon-spaghettiI make this frequently. Would also be good with chicken or shrimp.

Ground Italian sausage formed into meatballs
Spaghetti (or your choice of pasta)
Salt and pepper
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil (dried will work)
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to directions listed on package, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add sausage meatballs, season with salt and pepper and brown.

Toss drained pasta in with browned meatballs along with 1/3 cup reserved water, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add more water 1 tbsp at a time as needed. Toss in 2 Tbsp of basil and then sprinkle top with parmesan cheese and remaining 1 Tbsp of basil. Serve warm.

Optional: I added cherry tomatoes to this once and it was great.


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