Hello, my fabulous foodie friends! Today, we’re diving into the realm of pure comfort food with a spin on classic Italian cuisine — Creamy Lemon Pasta! Now, I want you to close your eyes; imagine the creamiest, most satisfying pasta dish. It’s so velvety, it melts in your mouth! Yet, there’s an unexpected twist — a bright burst of fresh lemon that cuts through the richness, tantalizing your taste buds.

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This humble pasta dish is like a symphony conducted by the maestro in your kitchen. The pasta, the creamy sauce, and the zingy lemon — they all play their parts perfectly, harmonizing into a dish that’s simply unforgettable!

So, if you’re a pasta enthusiast looking for your next obsession or just a home cook searching for a simple but show-stopping dish to serve at your next get-together, this recipe has your name all over it. Let’s get cooking!

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Creamy Lemon Pasta recipe

This Creamy Lemon Pasta recipe is a winner, and here's why:
• It's easy to make: With just a few ingredients and simple instructions, you'll be able to whip up this dish in no time.
• It's versatile: This recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, a special occasion, or even a potluck.
• It's refreshing: The citrusy flavor of the lemon is a great way to brighten up your meal and leave you feeling refreshed.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Accompaniment
Cuisine Italian-inspired
Servings 5
Calories 420 kcal


  • Large pot for boiling pasta
  • Colander for draining pasta
  • Medium saucepan for making the lemon sauce
  • Whisk for whisking the sauce for whisking the sauce
  • Spatula for stirring the sauce for stirring the sauce
  • Grater for zesting the lemon for zesting the lemon
  • Garlic press for mincing the garlic for mincing the garlic


  • 12 oz 340g pasta of your choice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (120g) heavy cream
  • 1 tsp (5g) lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving optional


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve a cup of the pasta water, then drain and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Pour in the freshly squeezed lemon juice and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the heavy cream and whisk until the sauce thickens. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon zest.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the saucepan and toss until the pasta is well coated in the lemon sauce. Add the reserved pasta water if needed.
  • Plate your pasta, garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately, topped with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.


Nutritional Facts per Portion:
Calories: 420
Fat: 24g
Carbs: 34g
Protein: 10g
Keyword cream, lemon, pasta

So, my dear food lovers, tie on those aprons, and let’s make magic in the kitchen! Trust me, one bite of this comforting Creamy Lemon Pasta, and you’ll want to make it over and over again!

Taste real Italian comfort with our simple yet delightful Creamy Lemon Pasta recipe. Your new favorite dish is just a cooking session away!

You’ll have in front of you, a bowl of luscious pasta with an incredibly creamy sauce, perfumed with the bright zing of lemon. It’s like tasting sunshine in a dish! You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who could resist such pure, delicious comfort.

Circumstances Where This Recipe is Perfect:

This Creamy Lemon Pasta recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, a special occasion, or a potluck.
It’s also a great option for a light and refreshing meal during the spring and summer months.

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Yes, you can add meat (for example), and turn it immediately into a main course!

Recommended Pairing Drink:

This pasta dish pairs beautifully with a glass of chilled, crisp dry white wine like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Or a sparkling water with lemon.

Recommended Pairing Dish:

For a more substantial pairing, try it with a simple green salad or grilled chicken. For a side dish, think about a fresh Caprese Salad, it complements the tangy, creamy pasta wonderfully.

Useful Tips:

  • Use fresh lemons for the best flavor.
  • Don’t overcook the pasta — it should still have a bit of bite to it.
  • Experiment with different types of pasta to find your favorite for this dish.
  • Do not skip reserving the pasta water; it will help you get the perfect sauce consistency.
  • The dish is best served hot.


Can I use other cheese instead of Parmesan?

Yes, you can! Try Pecorino Romano for a sharper taste, or even Mozzarella for a milder, stretchy texture.

Can I add vegetables to this creamy lemon pasta?

Absolutely, some roasted tomatoes or steamed broccoli would work great!

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of freshly squeezed?

Yes, but freshly squeezed lemon juice will give the best flavor.

Can I add other ingredients to the lemon sauce, like diced vegetables or meat?

Yes, feel free to add your favorite ingredients to make the dish your own.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

No, this recipe is best made fresh, as the pasta will absorb the sauce over time.

Our Creamy Lemon Pasta recipe yields a delicious and satisfying meal that’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a special occasion.
The pasta is cooked to perfection, and the creamy lemon sauce is rich and velvety, with a hint of tanginess from the lemon zest.
It’s a dish that’s sure to impress your taste buds and leave you feeling full and content.

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