Giada De Laurentiis' Spaghetti with Lemon and Zucchini | Giada at Home | Food Network


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Spaghetti with Lemon and Zucchini
Level: Easy
Total: 40 min
Active: 35 min
Yield: 4 servings


1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for the pasta water
1 lemon, thinly sliced and seeds removed
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, sliced
2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
1/4 cup capers, drained
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 small zucchini (about 2 pounds total), halved and sliced 1/3-inch thick
1/2 pound spaghetti
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped or torn
1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
1 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese


Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Season it generously with salt. Add the sliced lemons and blanch for 30 seconds. Using tongs, remove the lemons to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Dry well.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and heat another 30 seconds. Add the shallots and garlic to the skillet and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until fragrant and beginning to brown slightly, about 2 minutes. Add the capers, anchovy paste, red pepper flakes and the blanched lemon slices and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to dissolve the anchovy paste and brown the lemons, for another 2 minutes. Add the zucchini and remaining teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until parts of the zucchini turn deep brown while some parts remain al dente, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes less than package directions, about 8 minutes. Add 1/3 cup pasta water to the skillet with the zucchini and stir to deglaze. Use a pair of tongs to remove the pasta directly to the skillet. Sprinkle the bare pasta with the Parmesan and toss well to coat the pasta with the zucchini sauce. (Some of the zucchini should have gotten rather soft, which helps to create a silky sauce.) Add another 1/2 cup pasta water if needed to maintain the sauce. Top the pasta with the herbs and feta and serve.

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  1. john mirbach says

    😁✌🖖👌👍 😎

  2. Cook with Sara batool sara says

    Very very nice 👍👍 didi 😊😍💕

  3. fern tucker says

    Giada,I just love to watch you cook! And you smile looks exactly as your Grandmothers. Only I wish… It would be really nice if you could do some vegan recipes.

  4. KrunkTina says

    Aww her daughter got so big !

  5. Jenny Animal says

    Ummmmmm..does anyone else have the subtitles on??

  6. barbara vollmert says

    WOW!! The little daughter got big! Thankyou for this recipe, can't wait!!

  7. chah elaine says


  8. ilovegoodsax says

    For all you asking (or wondering) the breed of the cat is Bengal. Cats that have alot of energy.🐱🐈🐱🐈🐱🐈🐱

  9. Gerard Gousman says

    I'm not eating that nastiness, who let's animals walk on the counter while they're cooking?!?

  10. Chelsea C says

    Love the cat!

  11. Trista Struhs says

    Looks good but I love the cat 🐈

  12. To Be Honest says

    Who is the "mystery" man !

  13. To Be Honest says

    YUCK!CARAMELIZE the veggies and lemon …save the fake italian accent YUM

  14. KatN Charge says

    Looks great minus the cat dander😖

  15. Francisco Villarreal says

    Beutifull Kitchen👍and The 🐱 Cat

  16. Kaydee Lowery says

    Anyone want to be my Boyfriend 😍💋 💝💖♥️❤️

  17. Rabia Kitchen says

    Wow yummy 😋

  18. Rickey Engle says

    hello beautiful,,,hungry for more

  19. Reeva Goff says

    Need lovely 😍💋 💝💖❤️

  20. Debbie Czarnota says

    She has a fake smile

  21. 소믹아이라 says

    Awful Camera Man

  22. Larry Richardson says

    But WHY is the cat on the kitchen counter though smh 🤔

  23. Eliot Blake says

    Woow woow 😍💋 💝💖❤️

  24. Jessicarenee36 says


  25. Peggie Green says

    Sorry, didn't look that good to me! And you never saw her truly eat any of the pasta! Which was to much of it anyways! Oh and that "kitty" cat wouldn't be allowed up on the counter! Lol

  26. T-Rex Panda E&T เที่ยวและกินโชว์ says

    Looks delish! ❤️

  27. Alixandra Hice says

    03:31 THAT CAT!!! Swoon. 😻

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