Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Lemony Linguine with Creamy Mascarpone

Ah.... I think I like the name more than the dish - lemony linguine with creamy mascarpone - makes me want to keep saying it all the time!

When I saw a packet of whole grain linguine in the store, the first thought that came to my mind was lemony linguine. And when I saw this recipe in Chefinyou, which also added mascarpone, the name lemony linguine with creamy mascarpone rang so hard in my head that I had to give it top priority, slyly ignoring all the other bookmarked recipes which I wonder if I'll ever make.

So it was decided. I would make lemony linguine with creamy mascarpone because -
a) I wanted to try lemon zest in my pasta. b) I wanted to use mascarpone cheese in my pasta. c) I wanted to use linguine in my cooking.  d) I like the sound of lemony linguine with creamy mascarpone.

Did I also say I like the sound of lemony linguine with creamy mascarpone? Come on, admit it, you like it too.

Before I move on, let me admit that I did not exactly become a fan of the dish the first time I had it. That was probably because I was having a citrusy pasta for the first time. But when I had it the next day, I liked it a lot more; my taste buds had gotten used to the lemony taste by then, looks like.

I used the whole packet of linguine, which comes to more than three times the linguine used in the original recipe (which is a lot, btw). However, since I was using the juice and zest of lemon for the first time in a pasta dish, I increased it by just a few tsps. I also added some spice to it. More importantly, I changed the name of the dish slightly to lemony linguine with creamy mascarpone. Check the original recipe here.

1 packet linguine (13 oz, 375 g)
3 carrots, chopped
2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
zest of 1 and 1/2 lemon
juice of 1 and 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 tbsp oil (optional)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
Chopped parsley (I used coriander leaves)

(Note: Zest the lemon first and then juice it. Also, remove only the thin outer skin and not the bitter white pith. If you are using lime, you may have to increase the quantity).

Method :
I followed this tip from the original recipe. When you keep the water to boil the pasta, place a steamer basket on top with the chopped vegetables in it. That way they get steamed in one shot. Alternatively you can either cook them separately with water or roast them in oil.

Boil the pasta in salted boiling water as per package instructions.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl/ pan, pour the lemon juice, zest and mascarpone, and mix well with a manual whisk. Add oil or water to thicken the sauce, beating well with the whisk. [I used a pan and also brought the sauce to a slight boil].

Add the vegetables and mix well. Add salt, garlic powder and pepper powder. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce, tossing well till the pasta and the veggies are coated with sauce. Top with more cheese if you want a creamier linguine. Add more lemon juice if you prefer a more lemony linguine. I did not, because I wasn't sure if my husband would like too much of the citrus flavour. Add more salt if needed. Garnish with parsley.

Relish the lemony linguine with creamy mascarpone.

Sending this to bookmarked recipes and Presto Pasta Night started by Ruth.



  1. Looks great..couple of weeks back I had mascarpone ice cream..delicious
    Wondering how would this taste.....tempting

  2. Reminds me of 'pollo limone rustica' I had at macaroni grill. I love the flavor of lemon zest. Will surely try this one . Very appealing looking, and yes, the name IS the highlight :).

  3. I can almost feel lemony taste just by looking at lemon zest...Very tempting

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. very yummy looking linguine..I like the first line of your post...LOL

  5. That looks really nice, am sure very tasty with that lemony flavour in it...

  6. I love the name.. And Linguine reminds me of Ratatouille! :D Now what wouldn't Pixar give to have heard this name before.. Lemony Linguine with Creamy Mascarpone! :D

    The pasta looks great. Time for me to ditch penne and rigatoni, me thinks.

  7. Hi,

    Looks real yumm..beautifully done...

    love the pasta..



  8. Hi,

    Lovely dish and I feel like saying that too many times...looks yummy!!!


  9. looking beautiful tasty and delicious

  10. I love the name too!!!The lemon flavor in it makes it extra tempting!!

  11. Nice pasta recipe..thanx for sharing

  12. what a lovely linguine.... superb clicks dear...



  13. I love the flavor of lemon. I am sure I am going to like this as well.

  14. Mmmmmm looks delicious...love mascarpone cheese...

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

  15. Lemon flavored dish sounds so good..sure must have tasted great.

  16. wow, wow, wow, seriously mouth watering, thanks for linking it to my event :)

  17. tempting and delicious can very happily have a bowl of it :)

  18. It does have a catchy rhythm to it. I can imagine a tune to go along. Besides, there's creamy mascarpone, and lemons, two of my favorite foods.

  19. The dish certainly sounds right out of the menu of a chic Italian restaurant:-)) I haven't tasted pasta with a zesty flavor. Very true, some dishes we just don't like initially go on to become favs years down the line..

  20. hmmm nice- am going to try this and will let you know how i get on

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