Garden Lemon Basil Pappardelle

by simplylife on June 13, 2012

Pasta has always been our go-to meal.  It’s quick, easy and we always have an extra package or two three waiting to be used in the pantry.

Because of this, I don’t get too excited over a simple plate of pasta and jarred marinara sauce.  Been there.  Done that.

BUT!  Then I discovered this Lemon Pappardelle Pasta from Trader Joe’s a couple months ago and it adds a whole new dimension to “a quick pasta dinner.”

Sure, I wish I could say that I made my own pasta from scratch and infused fresh lemon and herbs for the flavor.  But, the one time I tried making homemade pasta was an epic fail (remember this Ogre Pasta?) and after throwing away 2 hours worth of work in the trash, I found a whole new appreciation for buying perfectly packaged pasta at the store.

Especially when it comes in fun flavors and is topped with fresh cheese, basil (from my plant that I now have kept alive for nearly 4 weeks- it’s a record!!), zucchini and edamame.

I am now excited all over again for those fall-back pasta dishes, knowing this is in the rotation!


Garden Lemon Basil Pappardelle

by Simply Life

Keywords: saute entree side vegetarian pasta beans cheese zucchini Italian summer

Tip: If you can’d find this pasta, you can prepare this with whole wheat pasta and adding fresh lemon juice and zest when tossing together.


  • 8 oz. lemon pappardelle pasta
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and halved
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup shelled edamame
  • Handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 4 oz. mozzarella, ripped into pieces


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add zucchini and cook about 3 minutes. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and cook 1 minutes. Stir in edamame to warm through and set aside.

2. Toss cooked pasta with zucchini, basil and mozzarella. Serve and enjoy!

Powered by Recipage

~What is your go-to meal?

Blog Widget by LinkWithin
  • Megan

    I think I found lemon-pepper pappardelle at Trader Joe’s once and paired it with swordfish and a lemon-caper sauce. It’s nice to be able to find flavorful pastas like that since most of us don’t have time to make our own every time a pasta craving strikes!

  • Julie

    flavorful with the basil tinge,yummy !!
    You can link this to EP Series-Basil or Cardamom,link is below:-)

    Ongoing Events at(Erivum Puliyum)-
    1. The Kerala Kitchen(June’12)

    2.EP Series-Basil OR Cardamom

  • Belinda

    Pasta is ALWAYS my go-to meal! There is always something about pappardelle that is so pleasing.

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    I love this pasta from TJs. Definitely brightens dinner!

  • Colleen

    Yummm! Your pasta dishes always look so good 🙂 My go-to meal in a time crunch is an easy salad or sandwich!

  • Hillary

    I had no idea TJ’s sold this. Gotta get some ASAP.

    Honestly, my go-to “meal” is a smoothie, especially in the summer. It’s just such an easy way for me to get in some fruit/veggie/protein in under 5 minutes—something that comes in handy more often than I’d like to admit!

    • Simply Life

      Oh I think a smoothie is such a great meal idea! So healthy and quick!

  • Lola Lobato

    Love this pasta, has wonderful combination of ingredients. Bon appetite!

  • RebeccaSubbiah RD

    lovely healthy and quick

  • Blackswan

    I just had pasta for lunch today. It’s Pesto Prawns Spaghetti but it’s loaded with lots of Basil in it too. These herbs make fabulous dishes 🙂

  • Angie

    I can have a light and tasty pasta like this every day! Yummy!

  • Kari

    If we had this pasta available for purchase here, I would definitely join you!

  • Joanne

    Pasta is my go-to also and I’ve been meaning to try that fun pasta flavor! This sounds like one tasty meal.

  • Savoryandsavage

    My friends have been raving about that TJ’s lemon pasta – Now I will have to try it – yours looks soo good!

  • Cookie Sleuth

    I’ll have to look for the pasta at Trader Joe’s! Pasta is definitely my go-to meal, too. I usually just do penne with jarred sauce and some frozen sausage or ground beef.

  • Yummychunklet

    This looks so fresh and green! Tasty!

  • em

    fresh basil is my fave herb! this looks delicious.

  • camille

    I just love pappardelle. Something about a really wide noodle just makes me happy.

    • Simply Life

      Me too! It’s like extra-comforting! 🙂

  • A Chow Life

    How funny. I was just looking at this pasta the other day. I must try it out now. You’re always inspiring me 🙂 xo

  • Molly @ HHR

    This dish screams summer! I love how light and fresh it is. Plus, anything with fresh mozzarella gets a gold star in my book!

  • Jolene (

    My go-to meal has changed a lot in the past few years. It used to be pasta, but now it is probably soup.

  • Beth Michelle

    Wow this looks like such a delicious pasta dish. And such great flavors for summer.

  • Decocinasytacones

    I love pasta with veggies of any kind.

  • Colleen

    Ohh I’ve seen that pasta at Trader Joe’s but haven’t bought it…looks seriously amazing in this dish you put together!

Previous post:

Next post: