Wednesdays Unplugged – Lemon Angel Hair with tomatoes, pine nuts and fresh herbs

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!


"There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil." ~ Alfred North Whitehead

What glorious days we have been having! …supposed to rain today but we need the moisture and it is easier to be back in school on rainy days…another good day…


This recipe takes advantage of the delicious fresh tomatoes of the season. Light and delicious at any temperature, I think this one is destined to become a favorite. You can use any combination of herbs to your taste…I combined basil, parsley and mint…gave a very fresh taste.

LEMON ANGEL HAIR with tomatoes, pine nuts and fresh herbs

inspired by Disney Family Fun

  • Angelhair 12 ounces angel hair pasta (capellini)
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon zest
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon of table salt
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs – basil, parsley, mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts over medium-high heat in a large skillet stirring often until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.

Reduce the heat and pour in olive oil. Add garlic and stir until it softens and becomes fragrant, about 45-60 seconds. Remove the skillet from the heat, add lemon zest and juice. Set the pan aside.

When the water boils, add 1 tablespoon of salt and bring it back to a rolling boil. Add the pasta and cook it al dente, about 4-5 minutes.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of the cooking water and add it to the the skillet mixture. Then drain the pasta, put it back into the pot, pour the skillet mixture over the pasta and toss well. Add the tomatoes, pine nuts and fresh herbs and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results –


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