Beautiful lemon spaghetti with parmesan and pea shoots

Sometimes the simplest of ingredients make the tastiest meals. Source: Getty

Sometimes, the simplest of ingredients can make the most unexpectedly tasty meals. This pasta dish features a simple sauce of lemon and olive oil, as well as pea shoots – arguably one of the most underrated fresh ingredients out, as they have the most lovely flavour – and is brought together with a generous sprinkling of parmesan, which not respectable pasta would be without. 

With its simple, fresh and light sauce, this pasta really hits the spot for a spring dinner, and is really quick and easy to make as well!


  • 2 heaped cups fresh pea shoots
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 200g spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup pasta water (reserved from the spaghetti)
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Cook spaghetti in a large pot of well-salted boiling water until al dente, then drain and set aside (reserving 1 cup of water). 
  2. While spaghetti is cooking, in a large bowl, combine lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, and fresh ground pepper.
  3. Add cooked spaghetti and reserved water to the bowl with the olive oil mixture and toss to combine. 
  4. Add pea shoots and toss until they’ve softened slightly, and the parmesan has melted into a smooth sauce. 
  5. Add salt to taste, and serve immediately with extra parmesan. 

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