Meyer Lemon & Tahini Spaghetti

by Kiran on May 4, 2012 · 24 comments

in Lunch/Dinner, Noodles, Vegetarian

Good morning from the West coast. It still sounds surreal to be in this time-zone. Believe it or not, we are usually up by 5:30am and out by 9pm.

Gosh, I sound like a grandmother. No pun intended, of course 😉

Anyhoo, before the move last week, I had a couple of chores on my to-do list that included a major craving for spaghetti and cleaning out the refrigerator. Best part of all, I only had to feed me.

One person.

So I ventured into the kitchen, peeking my head through the refrigerator for inspirations. It didn’t hurt at all, I promise.

Grabbed a meyer lemon, garlic, some italian parsley, tahini, broccoli florets, leftover vegetable broth and a sprig of fresh thyme. From the pantry, I had some sad spaghetti waiting to be utilize.

I am a sucker for anything and everything spaghetti so this is one of those perfect “one person” meal that you can whip up in no time. Or all the time.

Carbs are good, don’t judge.

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  • 5 oz spaghetti
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp tahini oil
  • 1 garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 heaping tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 meyer lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth.
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

Garnish: 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped.


  1. Cook spaghetti (al-dente) in hot boiling & salted water as per manufacturer’s instruction.
  2. Add broccoli florets in a colander. Drain spaghetti over broccoli florets to steam. Set aside.
  3. Heat a medium non-stick skillet on low. Once the pan is heated, add tahini oil.
  4. Sprinkle in minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Fry on very low heat until perfumed.
  5. Add spaghetti, steamed broccoli florets, salt, black pepper & tahini. Stir to combine.
  6. Increase heat to medium, drizzle some meyer lemon juice and vegetable broth. Cook for 1 minute and sprinkle some fresh thyme just before plating.
  7. Remove from heat and serve immediately with some meyer lemon wedges and finely chopped flat leaf parsley.


Off to tackle more on my to-do lists, that unfortunately doesn’t include this easy and yummy spaghetti. Happy Cinco de Mayo & have a great weekend, friends 🙂

Anything delicious on your to-do list today? 🙂


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1 kankana May 4, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I can eat spaghetti every single day and never get bored of it! Next up , i have to try tahini on it 🙂
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2 Liz May 4, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Mmmmm….this flavor combination sounds wonderful! Lovely pasta dish!
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3 Rosa May 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Scrumptious! That is exactly the kind of dish I make at home. I am such a big fan of tahini.



4 Margarita May 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I love how simple and lovely this recipe is! 🙂 You’re up at 5:30? You have got to be kidding me! I have to be at work by 7:10 but I always get up at 6:30. LOL!
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5 Poornima May 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Delicious spaghetti, love the flavors!

6 Zee May 5, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Thats an interesting combo, have never tried tahini with any thing other than hummus and shwarma.. This spaghetti dish sounds good!
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7 chinmayie @ love food eat May 5, 2012 at 1:42 AM

I have a creamy Tahini sauce recipe on my blog which is tahini with coconut milk served with pasta and broccoli! I love your idea of adding bit of tangyness to it 🙂

8 Jill | Dulce Dough May 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Looks amazing! What a fantastic combination of flavors!
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9 Kim Bee May 5, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Carbs rule. I love carbs more than life itself. This is a wonderful recipe Kiran. So fresh and pretty.
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10 Jennifer (Delicieux) May 6, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Gorgeous spaghetti Kiran! Lemon spaghetti is a popular dish in our house, and I love your twist using tahini. What a great idea.
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11 VeggieZest May 6, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I love how simple that preparation is. I am a big fan of simple flavors…and tahini is definitely up my alley. Will surely give it a try…thanks fro sharing!

12 Asmita May 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM

This looks so yum!

13 Yummy Morsel May 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Tahini and spaghetti…that is a nice combination. Very pretty pics.
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14 Cass @foodmyfriend May 6, 2012 at 7:23 PM

That broccoli looks seriously vibrant. I love it! What a yummy combination!
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15 Deeps @ Naughty Curry May 7, 2012 at 5:18 AM

tahini in pasta… now thats a combo i have never tried, sounds interesting!
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16 Richa@HobbyandMore May 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM

that is one gorgeous and fresh spaghetti! simple and delicious!
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17 Alyssa @ Everyday Maven May 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Kiran, I have never had tahini sauce on spaghetti. I want some of this – looks amazing!
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18 Baker Street May 8, 2012 at 1:41 AM

I could eat spagetti for every meal! I’m loving your tahini and lemon verison! Love the first picture.
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19 the wicked noodle May 8, 2012 at 8:14 AM

This sounds soooo delish! Love the freshness of lemon and tahini in pasta!!
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20 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc May 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

This is so super creative! Love it!
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21 Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} May 8, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Mmmmm, l just adore lemon pasta!! This sounds like my perfect meal!!
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22 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} May 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I’m one of those people that could live on spaghetti all their life!
Your spaghetti sounds so good! Love the lemon touch and the addition of the veggies. Yum!
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23 tania@mykitchenstories May 16, 2012 at 4:03 AM

I really never thought of adding tahini to spaghetti!!, Seems that we are also parallel shopping as I used tabouleh and tahini in a recipe!! Lovely shot
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24 Jamie July 21, 2012 at 3:05 AM

I love lemon pasta and have been craving it lately. But I love the idea of adding tachini to the mix. Perfect summer dish. Lovely!

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