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Easy Lemon Pasta

Erin Lynch @platingsandpairings Lemon Pasta

This Lemon Pasta recipe is deliciously tangy and creamy, plus it comes together in under 15 minutes! It’s a quick and easy meatless dinner that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Erin Lynch @platingsandpairings.

Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 lb. spaghetti or other pasta of your choosing
  • salt
  • 3 lemons zested and juiced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of generously salted boiling water (1 tablespoon of salt for every 6 cups of water) until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally.
  2. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return drained spaghetti to the pot.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the lemon juice, oil, heavy cream, Parmesan, and red pepper flakes in a bowl to combine. Add ¼ cup of the pasta cooking water and whisk to combine.
  4. Add lemon sauce to spaghetti in pot; toss until pasta is evenly coated with sauce. Add remaining cooking liquid, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Garnish with lemon zest, chopped basil and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

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