Linguine with chilli, lemon and basil



For the basil paste

For the linguine

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • small handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 200g/7oz fresh linguine, cooked according to packet instructions and drained


  1. For the basil paste, place the basil and olive oil into a small food processor, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and blend until smooth.

  2. For the linguine, heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the chilli and garlic for 1-2 minutes.

  3. Add the lemon juice, chopped basil leaves and cooked linguine and stir well to coat the pasta.

  4. To serve, place the linguine into a serving dish and top with a dollop of basil paste.