Spaghetti Limone Made the Frank Prisinzano Way

Have you ever come across a recipe that defies convention? A dish so simple yet packed with flavors that it leaves you wondering how it’s possible? Today, we’re diving into the world of spaghetti limone, the Frank Prisinzano way. This recipe requires no written instructions, just a tale of technique and passion.

Spaghetti Limone Made the Frank Prisinzano Way
Spaghetti Limone Made the Frank Prisinzano Way

The Art of Salt

“When the water reaches a boil, he throws in a fistful of gray sea salt.” Frank Prisinzano has a unique take on salt. He believes that sea salt, with its milder taste compared to table salt or kosher salt, enhances the dish without overpowering it. So go ahead and add that good fistful of sea salt to your boiling water.

Sea Salt
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The Pasta Dance

As for pasta, Frank’s handful is no joke. His large hands dictate the portion, ensuring a hearty serving. You’ll want to cook it until it’s al dente or, as Frank would say, “break your legs.” Forget about timers; trust your instincts when it comes to pasta perfection.

Uncooked Pasta
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The Unexpected Grater

Frank Prisinzano introduced us to a surprising kitchen tool – the coarse, bumpy side of a box grater. Using this unconventional approach creates what he fondly refers to as “parm dust.” It’s a delicate addition that adds texture and flavor without overwhelming the dish.

Box Grater
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The Citrus Tang

Lemons take center stage in spaghetti limone. After squeezing the juice, Frank lets the pasta work its magic, acting as a whisk to emulsify the butter with the zest-infused noodles. The fragrance of the lemons fills the air, highlighting the thoughtful combination of flavors.

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The Butter Symphony

Frank’s pasta philosophy is all about customization. Feel free to add as much butter as you desire, allowing it to meld with the pasta and lemon-infused flavors. Frank recommends using raw milk butter for its exceptional taste.

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The Finishing Touches

Once the sauce has emulsified and a pool of goodness forms, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Top your spaghetti limone with parm dust, creating an explosion of flavor. The saltiness of the Parmesan perfectly balances the dish, without overpowering the delicate combination of ingredients.

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Q: Can I adjust the recipe according to my preferences?
A: Absolutely! The beauty of spaghetti limone lies in its flexibility. Feel free to add more butter, lemon, or even experiment with different types of cheese. Make it your own!

Q: Can I use regular salt instead of sea salt?
A: While sea salt brings out the flavors more subtly, using regular salt is also acceptable. Adjust the amount to your taste preferences.


Spaghetti limone, the Frank Prisinzano way, is a testament to simplicity and thoughtful cooking. This 15-minute pasta dish showcases the power of a few quality ingredients working harmoniously. So why not escape the ordinary and embark on a culinary adventure with this delightful recipe?

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