Lemon Pepper Pappardelle with Tomatoes and Basil: Keep it Simple

by simplylife on August 29, 2012

Simple:  Easily understood or done; presenting no difficulty.  (source)

Translation:  Lemon Pepper Pappardelle with Tomatoes and Basil.

This dish is so utterly simple that you can definitely make it, even on your longest workday of the week when you just want to come home, sit on the couch, and have dinner magically appear.   I promise, you can put together this entire meal in less time than it would take you to open the refrigerator, pantry and freezer and declare “there’s nothing to eat.”

The Lemon Pepper Pappardelle (found at Trader Joe’s), is such a fun and flavorful pasta that the simpler the toppings, the better, and it completely lets of the flavors of the fresh tomatoes and basil shine.  It would also be excellent topped with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Sometimes simple is best, wouldn’t you agree?

Lemon Pepper Pappardelle with Tomatoes and Basil

by Simply Life

Keywords: saute entree side vegetarian vegan pasta tomato summer


  • 8 oz. lemon pepper pappardelle
  • About 4 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
  • Juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • Pinch red pepper flakes


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbs, olive oil in medium skillet. Saute onions for about 2 minutes, add tomatoes and cook about 2-3 minutes more. Add garlic, salt and pepper and cook 1 minute.

2. Drain pasta and toss with cooked tomatoes, basil, remaining olive oil, lemon juice and zest and red pepper flakes. Serve and enjoy!

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Another thing that shines due to its combination of simple ingredients?  Angie’s Kettle Corn.    I was sent a variety of their Kettle Corn to try in the following flavors:  Original, Caramel, White Cheddar, and BoomChickaPop (isn’t that fun to say?!) Sea Salt.

This has instantly become a new favorite household snack!  The Kettle Corn is light, fresh and I absolutely love how kettle corn is slightly sweeter, which pairs perfectly with the salty flavors!  The white cheddar is their newest flavor and I can honestly say, it didn’t even last 24 hours in our house.

I’m so impressed by their short ingredient list and ability to make such a healthy, tasty snack from just a few foods!  Angie’s Kettle Corn is made with all-natural ingredients and does not contain cholesterol, trans fats, corn syrup, artificial flavors or preservatives; it’s also gluten-free and kosher.   The company also supports local farmers, industry, and sustainable agriculture.

Oh, and their philosophy?  Keep it simple.

~What is your favorite simple pleasure?

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  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    It’s always great to have at least a few simple, go-to recipes like this that you know you can make in a flash! This looks super yummy!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    I didn’t know about this pasta! It sounds so good…
    My roommate and I both love the smell of toast. So we both often use it as our “simple pleasure”- with peanut butter, of course.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oooh I LOVE warm toast with pb!!!

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    Oh how I love TJ’s lemon pappardelle. I am reminded that I need more pasta in my life!!

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I love easy, simple pasta meals like that. I haven’t tried the lemon pappardelle from TJs yet though, it sounds amazing!

  • http://www.wearenotmartha.com wearenotmartha

    Simple, BUT delicious! I love the beauty of this!


  • yummychunklet

    I’m definitely in the mood for some pasta. I may have to make this recipe with eggless noodles.

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    I haven’t tried this lemon pepper pappardelle yet, but I’ve been all about simple pasta dishes this summer!

  • Choc Chip Uru

    Trust me in this case, it is definitely not keep it simple stupid, it is just keep it simple *smile* 😀
    Lovely dish!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • kylierh @ immaeatthat

    Your pictures are gorgeous! And now I can’t stop saying, “BoomChickaPop!” 🙂

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Haha, I know- it’s a great name! 🙂

  • DeliciousDish

    Such a perfect summer pasta dish!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    My favourite simple pleasure is probably a cup of black coffee.

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    Beautiful 🙂 I love the look of this dish.

  • Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    Looks amazing! I can always count on you to make me hungry 😀

  • bergamot

    simple dish and I just the flavour of the pasta – lemon pepper.

  • Mom

    I loved how you proved through the process that this is a fast, simple and any time meal! Also loved reading about the snacks simply made!

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