Spring is here. Kind of. It’s supposed to snow tonight so you never really know in Michigan. But we have had a few warmer days lately which gets me excited. I love seeing the food switch over in the grocery store when the season changes. I love seeing the fresh asparagus, ramps, artichokes, rhubarb and fresh berries displayed. Lemons are another fruit that tends to be plentiful in the spring/early summer months. I wanted to incorporate lemons into a meal so I whipped up a batch of this herb lemon pasta with breadcrumbs to satisfy my fix.
Lemon everything makes me smile. My husband and I were married in Sorrento, Italy which is famous for their lemons. There are groves everywhere in town. All of the souvenir shops have lemon everything on display. From shot glasses to tiles to ceramics. Everyone that is close with us always says how lemons remind them of our wedding. People even buy our daughter lemon clothes because of the symbolism behind them.
Lemon goes so well with pasta. We typically reserve weekends for our cheat eats as we eat pretty healthy Monday thru Thursday. Most of our meals are vegan so by the time the weekend comes around I am ready for my two favorite food groups – cheese and carbs!
I wanted to make a quick lemon pasta for us. My husband was craving garlic bread but I didn’t want double carbs at dinner (shocker!). So I decided to keep it light(er) by replacing garlic bread with bread crumbs. Bread crumbs really change a pasta dish. They give your pasta a nice little buttery crunch that you don’t get with a standard pasta. This pasta reminds me of a baked mac and cheese because of the breadcrumbs. Except you save the oven cook time!
One cheese you don’t see in recipes much that is a personal favorite of mine is Boursin. Boursin is a soft spreadable cheese with garlic and fresh herbs. We toast baguettes and spread it on them, sometimes I add it to the inside of a grilled cheese, it makes a creamy soup delicious and I have even added it to mashed potatoes. So I decided to add it to my pasta to try something different.
This herb lemon pasta with breadcrumbs is so easy to make. The white wine garlic sauce can come together in the time it takes you to boil and cook your pasta. We ate this pasta as our main dish but would be perfect as a side paired with chicken or beef as well. It’s comfort food but not super heavy. The lemon keeps everything light and refreshing.
Even though this is nothing like anything we had in Italy as I juiced and zested the lemon it brought a smile to my face. Food is a way to bring your travel memories back with you. And I am happy to share our adventures with you through your dinner plate.