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Lemon Garlic Pasta

Katelyn Theofanis
This Lemon Garlic Pasta recipe is simple and incredibly DELICIOUS! The combination of lemon and garlic creates a delicate flavor profile that pairs beautifully with the pasta. And get this, this dish is ready in just 25 minutes! 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 481 kcal


  • 16 oz fettuccine pasta
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated; plus more for garnish
  • cup starchy pasta water reserved from cooking pasta (before draining)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley chopped; for garnish


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook to package instructions for al dente. *Reserve a ⅓ cup of starchy pasta water before draining the pasta. 
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add all the minced garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic has infused the oil, about 8-10 minutes. *Keep a close eye on the garlic as it cooks to avoid browning or burning. Add the red pepper flakes and cook for an additional minute. 
  • Stir in the heavy cream, butter, and lemon zest. Stir until everything has incorporated and the butter is melted. Next, stir in the ½ cup of parmesan cheese until melted.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Transfer the cooked pasta into the large skillet along with the lemon juice and starchy pasta water. Toss until the noodles are coated in the sauce. (This is best done with tongs). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Serve the pasta immediately. Garnish each serving with grated parmesan and fresh chopped parsley. 


Calories: 481kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 14gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 165mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 438IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 151mgIron: 2mg
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