Watch this video and be amazed:
Okay, now you probably didn't really understand what you just saw. It was this: Fresh pasta tossed with butter and lemon zest before it met tomato sauce. This simple dusting of lemon zest adds a touch of brightness without any additional acid, Kristen Miglore—who got the tip from David Mawhinney, Culinary Director and Executive Chef at Haven's Kitchen, and showcased it in her Genius Recipes column—points out.
And while the fresh tomato sauce shown above is wonderful, tomatoes aren't in season just yet—and this trick is too good to wait until summer for. So, unless you think a bit of lemon and butter will drastically alter the flavor profile of a pasta dish, you can use this tip to make any pasta a bit brighter-tasting. Here's what to do:
If you don't already have a pasta in mind (or 10), here are some ideas to try the tip with first:
Do you have a pasta pick-me-up trick? Tell us about it in the comments.