Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pasta with Meyer Lemon Sauce

Today marks a departure for my usual postings to the blog.  I am going to introduce many more elements of my being in the kitchen and some of these will be main course recipes, vegetable recipes, placesettings, flowers and general tips on entertaining.

Today I am posting about my Pasta with Meyer Lemon Sauce recipe.

Ziti with Meyer Lemon Sauce

Meyer Lemons are a citrus fruit native to China that is a cross between a lemon and either a mandarin orange or a common orange.  It's skin is much finer than a domestic lemon and its juice much sweeter than a regular lemon.  My friend Margie has Meyer Lemon trees in her garden from which we make Lemoncello from an old family recipe.  When I was at Costco in Montreal this week I found boxes of Meyer Lemons - they have now officially gone mainstream!

This dish is wonderfully simple, easy and elegant.  A great main course to be served with grilled crustini, a salad and a Chardonnay.

Pasta with Meyer Lemon Sauce

Serves 4 as a main course - 6 as a side dish

One pound of pasta - either Ziti or linguine (whichever you prefer)
3 Meyer Lemons
1 Cup of unsalted Chicken stock
1 Stick of Butter
One bunch of parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese

Boil large pot of water.  Roll the lemons to release the juice.  Zest the lemons into a large sauce pan.  Juice the lemons into the same saucepan adding the chicken stock and the butter and bring to a low boil.

When the pasta water comes to a boil, add salt and pasta.  While the pasta is cooking leave the sauce on a low simmer.  Remove the pasta when not quite al dente and add to the sauce pan using a slotted spoon.  (do not throw out pasta water yet)  Cook the pasta in the sauce for 2-3 minutes adding some of the pasta water if there does not seem to be enough liquid.

Plate pasta adding parmesan cheese and chopped parsely to taste.  Add a touch of freshly grated black pepper.

Pour the wine and enjoy!


  1. Oh my gosh, this looks delicious... Come October my last name will be Minicucci so I better learn some pasta dishes :) !! Cannot wait to try this one!

  2. you had me at "one stick of butter!"

  3. Hi Suzanne: Thank you for visiting my site! :) This looks like a tasty pasta sauce that I'll have to try for sure. I'm using a similar sauce and will be sharing about next week too(if I can get to it).

    Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend!