Pasta with Leeks and Lemon Recipe

This is the lighter side of pasta, a refreshing spring supper recipe that will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied but won’t pack on the pounds.

Leeks are bursting with vitamin and mineral nourishment, so this
light and lively recipe is a great way to support your body as we swing into spring.


3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups well-rinsed sliced leeks, white and pale green parts only
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped and lightly toasted
salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound dried linguine

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

2. In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the olive oil and add the leeks and a little salt. Cook, stirring, until leeks are coated with oil, then cover and continue to cook until tender but not browned, about 10 minutes.

3. Cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain pasta. Add pasta to the skillet, along with half of the reserved cooking water. Stir in the lemon zest and juice, then season abundantly with black pepper. Heat gently for a few minutes, adding more cooking water if needed to thin. Add walnuts, taste and add more salt or pepper if needed, and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

Adapted from Cooking New American, by the Editors of Fine Cooking (Taunton Press, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by the editors of Fine Cooking. Reprinted by permission of Taunton Press.
Adapted from Cooking New American, by the Editors of Fine Cooking (Taunton Press, 2004).


William C
William Cabout a year ago


W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Sonia M

Thanks for sharing

Jacklyn Walker
.2 years ago

I can hardly wait for me leeks to be ready - sounds delish - smile

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Olga Nycz-Shirley

Thanks for this recipe; I love all the ingredients mentioned .

Eva H.
Eva H3 years ago

Sounds delicious! I'll absolutely try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

Dale O.

A delicious and refreshing recipe. Leeks are marvellous with pasta.

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

J.L. A.
JL A6 years ago