Pasta with Lemon Sauce alla Sorrentina

One evening in Sorrento, we enjoyed dinner with friends in a local restaurant. Sorrento is famous for lemons. We all had tagliatelle with lemon sauce. Superb!

As I often do, I have tried to duplicate this dish. I didn’t quite succeed.  Only the food in Italy tastes like the food in Italy. But I did concoct something rather good.  Here is the recipe:

For 2 -4 servings:

1/ 2 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 cup pine nuts

2 lemons

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey (to taste)

Dried savory and sea salt to taste

1/2 pound pasta of your choice

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet until it just covers the bottom. Just enough to keep the pine nuts from sticking. Next toss the pine nuts in pan until lightly browned. Set aside.

Slice one lemon into very thin rounds. Squeeze the second one.

Melt butter in same skillet. Add the savory and salt and cook for about one minute.

Add the sliced lemon and sauté until caramelized and soft. Add lemon juice, honey and white wine. Simmer to blend flavors.

In the meantime, cook pasta of your choice according to package directions. Drain and add to the lemon mixture. Top with pine nuts.