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One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

Think of this one-pot pasta limone as dinner in your back pocket: Most of the ingredients are in your pantry and it’s ready in practically zero time (well, 15 minutes to be precise). Best of all, it’s completely hands-off, because all you do is throw all the ingredients into a pot and boil them. Um, is it OK if we make this every night of the week?

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4 servings

12 ounces spaghetti, linguine or bucatini

2 leeks, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus more lemon zest for serving

3 sprigs basil, plus more for serving

1 teaspoon kosher salt

¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Combine the pasta, 4½ cups water, leeks, garlic, lemon zest, basil, salt and pepper in a large skillet with 2-inch sides.

2. Bring the water to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the water is nearly gone and the pasta is fully cooked, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Add the lemon juice and Parmesan cheese and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with basil leaves and lemon zest.

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