Simple Leek Pasta Recipe

Allow the leek to shine in this simple and bright dish.

Servings: 4-6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed
3 large leeks, white parts only, halved and cleaned, then thinly sliced
⅓ cup|70 ml white wine
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 ounces|225 grams linguine
1 lemon
2 tablespoons|8 grams chopped parsley
parmesan cheese, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium. Add the garlic and cook until lightly infused, about 1 minute, then stir in the leeks. Cook, stirring, until jammy and soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the wine and bring to a simmer. Cook until the wine has reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Keep warm over medium-low.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just al dente, 8 to 9 minutes. Drain, reserving ½ cup|120 ml of the cooking liquid.
  3. Add the pasta to the skillet with the leeks and toss to combine. Zest in the lemon and squeeze in the juice. Add the reserved pasta water and cook, tossing, to achieve a creamy texture, 2 to 3 minutes, then toss in the parsley. Season with salt and pepper and serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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