This Lemon Garlic Spaghetti with Sundried Tomatoes is bursting and loaded with fresh and juicy flavors and textures thanks to the citruses, tomatoes, herbs and pine nuts. This makes a delicious, summery and easy vegan side or main dish to prepare for your entire family!

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 I’m in a summer-y kind of mood.

Do you know the mood? Where you genuinely look forward to the blazing heat of the sun, aren’t annoyed by the chirping of birds outside your window waking you up, and get excited when you aren’t obliged to leave the house wearing anything more than flip flops, your swimsuit and a coverup?

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It’s like, everything is in reverse mode. When it rains, I want the sun to shine. It’s weird, but it’s just so bright and pretty! I’ve been trying to spend as much time around mother nature as possible just to soak it all in. I know tourism ads for Jamaica are famous for their sun and surf, but it’s kind of been raining for the past month.

Oops. I mean, every day, rain, overcast, it’s just not okay. So when these pockets of sun come out, I’m running/hobbling on two crutches to go outside to catch it all. Reality does kick in once I realise it is 110 degrees outside, but thanks to my summer mood, that’s okay!

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It also means I have been a fruit addict and eating all things summer. All smoothies have switched to tropical ingredients such as yummy mango and strawberry, all hot salsas are now cool fruity salsas, I can’t stop eating oranges or putting limes or lemons in my foods and all creamy pastas have switched to bruschetta-sauce pastas or light pastas with bright fresh ingredients. Exhibit A-Z in this post. To say this pasta rocked my world would be an understatement.

I guest posted this on Julie’s Eats & Treats quite a while back, and it’s been a hit in my house since then. What’s funny is that how we validate meals sometimes is based off of others’ opinion rather than our own (I’m my harshest critic!). When I tasted this vegan lemon pasta I thought, yum! So summery and fresh and delicious. When Mr. Bakes tasted it it was what-is-this-delightful-sorcery-please-make-more which from the chef himself is quite the compliment. Before long I was right back into the leftovers and throwing two more sun dried tomatoes on top.

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So, this pasta. Spaghetti? Check. Light, easy to blend with flavours. Delicious citruses? Check. Adds a slight tanginess to go perfectly with the sun dried tomatoes, which is yes a check. I kind of love, love, love, sun dried tomatoes. Although, to this date I am unsure whether sundried, sun dried and sun-dried are all the same thing but I tend to change them per post so we will just say they are all allowed for now. The burst of flavour (clearly my new favourite word) from these adds even more summer-ness to this pasta. Topped with fresh herbs and in a light olive oil sauce, I’m pretty much sure this is now on my permanent list of recipes. It’s SO simple but so delicious and a must for you to try this summer.

I’m starting to sound like I’m selling you this vegan lemon pasta. Which, if it was possible for any to be leftover, I might actually be. Just, trust me, when your summer mood hits if it hasn’t already, take 30 minutes and whip this up. You might just start chirping with those birds.

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Vegan Lemon Garlic Spaghetti with Sundried Tomatoes

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 20 min Serves 4     adjust servings

This Lemon Garlic Spaghetti with Sundried Tomatoes is bursting and loaded with fresh and juicy flavors and textures thanks to the citruses, tomatoes, herbs and pine nuts. This makes a delicious, summery and easy vegan side or main dish to prepare for your entire family!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 4 sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil/Sundried Tomato Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped (or herb of your choice)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small lime squeezed over the top

Instructions

  1. Prepare pasta as per instructions on the box in a large pot of salty water. Drain pasta.
  2. Heat olive oil and garlic in a large pan over medium-high heat, until garlic is cooked slightly for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Ensure all your ingredients are nearby.
  4. Toss the pasta in the olive oil to coat, then immediately add the salt, pepper and lemon juice.
  5. Toss the pasta until all ingredients are mixed and turn off heat (you don't want to dry out the pasta).
  6. Add the sundried tomatoes in the pan and the pine nuts and toss again.
  7. Add the parsley or herb of your choice on top and squeeze a small lime over the top to bring out even more flavours.
  8. Serve immediately, or if reheating, microwave with a little bit of water in the bowl.

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23 comments

  1. Jessica, I love the freshness and simplicity of this recipe and the fact that you’ve added some extra lime-y ‘zing’! Glad the sun came out again there for you! I know how you feel because sometimes we don’t see the sun for weeks in England!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Helen! Ah yes, I have heard that about England! Hoping you are getting more sun in Australia! 🙂

  2. I love the simplicity and freshness of this dish. Beautiful!

  3. Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong says:

    Jessica! Lemon spaghetti looks fabulous.. Nothing can beat a zesty lemony pasta on a hot summer day.. 🙂

  4. We are on the same wavelength girl! On the menu tonight I am cooking spaghetti with some summer vegetables. The combination of lemon, garlic and sundried tomatoes sound simple yet amazing!

    • Jessica says:

      Awesome!! I can’t wait to see that recipe :D. Thanks Lauren!

  5. I love how summery this is…perfect so you don’t have to slave over the oven in this hot weather! =)

  6. I just love this recipe! The lemon and sun dried tomaotes sound wonderful together.
    Bummer about your weather. Ours is quite similar…everyday afternoon thunderstorms or threat of storms with really dark skies. I get so excited when the sun is out!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Cindy! Yes, I’m waiting for when the rainy season is behind us!

  7. marcie says:

    This sounds so great with all of that citrus pop, garlic, and sundried tomatoes! It’s light and fresh and perfect for summer. 🙂

  8. Ashley says:

    I love simple pasta dishes like this – especially during the summer! And I also love love love sun-dried tomatoes!

  9. Jessica the light in these photos is just stunning as is the food! Beautiful, what a great vegan recipe!

  10. ela@GrayApron says:

    That’s my idea of a Summer pasta dish…beautiful, Jessica!

    ela h.

  11. Scottie says:

    I love this and have made it before, but I’m thinking about making it tonight as a main dish – what do you think about chopping up some fresh spinach and adding it to the hot pasta with the salt, pepper, and lemon juice? It would wilt a bit then, before the heat was turned off, and would add some veg to the dish.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Scottie,

      So glad you enjoy my recipe! I think that’s a great idea, spinach tastes great sautéed. Some sautéed bell peppers would also taste great with the pasta. Good luck!

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