Linguine al Limone - low-calorie sauce & healthy!

Linguine al limone - low calories!

Linguine are the pasta that everyone likes. Less common, perhaps, than their thinner cousins, Spaghetti but loved by Italians because they are able to keep the sauce better.

A typical Sunday meal, linguine can however be a bit naughty - depending on the accompanying sauce we choose. A great choice with a lower calorie count, are the Linguine al Limone. This sauce based on lemons promotes digestion and purifies the liver.

This has become a popular primo piatto in southern Italy, especially in the summer. 


180 grams of linguine;  a large lemon; salted butter; thyme; marjoram; extra virgin olive oil.


First, we have to grate an organic lemon to get the zest. The important thing is to take the zest before squeezing the lemon for obvious practical reasons.

Afterwards, we must go to squeeze the lemon being careful not to include the seeds . We let the juice rest in a small bowl and in the meantime we focus on the pasta. Large pot and plenty of water; once it boils, add the salt and linguine. Now let's take a pot and let us melt a generous and generous knob of butter. We flavor it with thyme and marjoram, being careful not to let the butter burn. The right color of melted butter is light yellow, if we see that it turns orange we have to do it again.

When the butter melts well, we go to remove the aromatic herbs and pour in the lemon juice. Let the two compounds mix and add the pasta and sauté them with the sauce and then they are ready to be served. Buon Appetito!

It is extremely popular on the Sorrentine peninsula, Campania, the “lemon of Sorrento or Amalfi” have become famous not just for its fragrance and taste, but for its sustainability in the region. Mention Amalfi to anyone and only one thing comes to mind – lemons. Known as ‘sfusato Amalfitano’ in Italy – sfusato is Italian for ‘spindle’, presumably an old reference to the lemons’ pivotal shape – Amalfi lemons are an iconic symbol of Italy’s rich agricultural produce and have been craved for over a thousand years for their sweet flavor and powerful citrus aroma. Any ancient Roman settlements like Pompeii and Herculaneum, will have colorful mosaics depicting the pivotal lemons in the Roman villas.

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