This is so simple it's hardly a recipe at all. My favorite home alone meals fall in two categories: Warm, creamy and in a large bowl or something I can gnaw at messily and with abandon. This is the former. —Aliwaks
big handful of high quality dried spaghetti or bucatini
or so lemon zest
big spoonfuls of mascarpone (or Creme fraiche if you are Merrill)
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
maldon or fleur du sel salt
Pecorino cheese grated
chopped chives or Italian parsley or both
In This Recipe
Bring pot of well salted water to a roiling boil.
Add pasta, cook until done (I find that usually happens when it comes back up to a boil).
Reserve a couple of tablespoons of pasta water.
Drain pasta & return to pot, add back in pasta water.
Drop lemon zest, twirl it around a bit.
Dollop in mascarpone or creme fraiche, swirl that about as well, till it melts and the water and cream absorb back in to the pasta.
Taste, season with salt and pepper, pour in to large bowl shower with chopped chives or parsley, grated pecorino, a bit more cracked pepper and a few flakes of salt.