Rigatoni in Lemon Pepper Sauce

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I certainly apologize for my unexpected absence & I am sorry to make all of you lose sleep over my whereabouts.

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You see, life happens. & I hate when it does that. Makes me rearrange my schedule without warning. Like, I need some sort of heads up, life. I don’t like having to jet set without some notice to buy mini shampoo.

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Yes, another weekend, another airport. Which I do not mind at all because I truly feel most alive drinking $12 airport mimosas. I am a gorgeous, mysterious journalist traveling to Prague to cover something very important. That’s what everyone thinks of me. I am sure of it.

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But I am a bit perturbed that they keep stealing my toiletries. They had the audacity to take my dry shampoo. I was all, “you really don’t know what a mistake you’re making here…” I went back with Polaroids of my greasy hair to show them the monster they created. (I did not do this.)

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But I DID finally step foot in California. Well, LAX. & I had an organic salad & a lemonade & I was Miley Cyrus circa 2009 with my dream & a cardigan.

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4


  • 1 lb. of rigatoni
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • S+P, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

How to:

  • Cook pasta to al dente
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a sauce pan over low-medium heat
  • Add garlic, swirl for 1-2 minutes
  • Add zest of 1 lemon + juice of 2 lemons + crushed red pepper + S+P to the sauce pan
  • Add drained pasta to the sauce pan + coat well
  • Serve hot with parmesan cheese
  • Slurp hot noodles until guests get annoyed + leave the room + you get the pot to yourself

16 thoughts on “Rigatoni in Lemon Pepper Sauce

  1. katherinefaulk says:

    I’m seriously excited about this pasta. My pasta sauce repertoire is small and in need of non-alfredo/marinara options. 🙂 Lemon and red pepper sounds so good! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. 🙂


  2. Jan Simon says:

    So glad your back from your sojourn. I need my daily Rachel Fix!!
    A day without A blog post from Rachel is a day without smiles!


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