My mom and I went on a kitchen tour this past weekend. This is the second year in a row that we have gone together. It honestly features some of the nicest kitchens that I have ever seen in person. Nearly every kitchen has white marble countertops, white cabinets and stainless steel appliances- basically my dream kitchen. I only hope that I have a kitchen half as nice some day, with double ovens and miles of countertop space of course.
After the tour, I was inspired to get back into my own kitchen and try out some new recipes. I started with this Brown Butter Lemon Pasta. Sometimes simple is best. I find lemon to be so light and refreshing, especially in the spring and summer months. And it was only a matter of time before I incorporated brown butter into something other than desserts. I honestly think I could eat this pasta dish every night and not get sick of it. Since it comes together in only 30 minutes, there is no reason not to try it for yourself.
- ¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 2 tbsp italian seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 8 oz angel hair pasta or spaghetti
- ½ cup finely grated Romano cheese
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- Chopped basil or parsley to garnish
- Cook pasta according to directions on the package. While the pasta is cooking, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once butter is completely melted, continue to cook until bubbly and brown in color. Be careful not to burn the butter. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and lemon zest. Sauté until lightly golden in color. Add the bread crumbs and toast until just golden. Remove from heat.
- Add the brown butter and lemon juice to the garlic mixture. Whisk to combine. Once the pasta is cooked, drawn and return to the pot. Add the brown butter mixture and combine until well coated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Finally add the Romano cheese, chopped herbs and almonds to the pasta. Toss the entire mixture to evenly coat.