Heart Healthy Recipe: Lemon Angel Hair Pasta with Pine Nuts

Heart Healthy Recipe: Lemon Angel Hair Pasta with Pine Nuts

Lemons are known for their tart and sour flavor, but as an ingredient, this citrus fruit is the perfect complement to both sweet and savory dishes. Another source of the lemon essence is lemon extract, which is an easy way to keep the lemon flavor on hand in your pantry. And don’t discount the lemon rind in your recipe! A dash of rind goes a long way and adds that luscious lemon burst of flavor. Don’t limit lemon to only sweet treats – a touch of lemon adds the perfect accent to any recipe. Simply add lemon juice on your poultry and fish before cooking for healthy flavor in a flash. Sweet, savory, healthy and easy – lemons are the perfect ingredient to make your taste buds sing.

Lemon Angel Hair Pasta with Pine Nuts

Makes 4 servings


  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta, reserving
  • 1/4 cup cooking water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water; drain well and set aside.
  2. In small nonstick skillet, heat olive oil and sauté garlic, stirring, one minute. Transfer to large bowl and add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Season to taste.
  3. Add pasta with reserved cooking water to bowl and toss together until well combined. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 297 Calories from fat 29% Fat 10g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 9mg Carbohydrate 45g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars 3g Protein 8g Dietary Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 1/2 fat

Pine nuts are considered to be an aphrodisiac so make this lover’s lemon pasta side of choice with whatever you are serving! Watch toasting pine nuts carefully as they burn very quickly!

Spicy Advice: I recommend using fresh lemons and parsley- but if not in the mood, hit the bottle (of lemon juice).

Written by: Holly Clegg, Culinary Expert


About the Author

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy, healthy and practical recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more targeted health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Web MD and The Huffington Post. She also has a phone application, Mobile Rush-Hour Recipes. For more information, visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com for more recipes and tips.

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