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Cracked Pepper Lemon Pasta

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“I made this up one day as an easy lunch. I like penne but you could use just about any type of short pasta or even spaghetti would probably work.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the pasta according to the packet directions.
  2. Put in a strainer to drain and then use the pot to make the dressing.
  3. Heat the olive oil and then throw in the garlic to cook for 15-20 seconds.
  4. Put in the lemon juice and then take the pan off the heat.
  5. Add in half the parmesan cheese and half the pepper, followed by half the pasta.
  6. Stir well.
  7. Add in the rest of the pasta, cheese and pepper as well as salt if desired.
  8. Mix well again and serve immediately, topping with extra cheese and pepper if you want it.
  9. Some chopped parsley or chives over top would be nice as well.

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