Lemon pasta is light, creamy, and easy to make.
Just a few ingredients are all it takes to put together a refreshingly simple meal!
Lemons and spring just go hand and hand, don’t they? We start seeing citrusy desserts and dishes all over the place when the weather starts to get warmer. So this lemon pasta is in good company. This lemon pasta recipe is one of my favorite recipes to make for spring! Although, this dish can definitely be enjoyed all year round! It’s so light and refreshing that you’ll easily want a second plateful.
What Is Lemon Pasta?
Lemon pasta is linguini noodles that have been cooked until al dente then coated in a light and creamy lemon-flavored cream sauce. Think of this as a dish that is similar to a pasta Alfredo recipe. The lemon pasta sauce is easy to make and features a creamy texture with a tangy and refreshing taste that really helps to make your pasta feel light, instead of heavy. So if you’re looking for a lighter meal option for lunch or something that could pair well with a simple green salad this creamy lemon pasta is really it.
- Grated Lemon Zest
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Skim Ricotta Cheese
For the exact measurements, please see the recipe card below.
How To Make Lemon Pasta
Prepare the sauce while you cook the pasta. When the pasta is ready, reserve about ½ a cup of cooking liquid then drain the pasta and set aside. The reserved cooking liquid will not only flavor the sauce, but the starch from the pasta will act as a thickener.
Place the reserved cooking liquid, lemon juice, lemon zest, heavy cream, and ricotta cheese in a blender. If your liquid is still hot, make sure you blend without the lid and use a towel to cover the opening so that you allow steam to escape.
Pour the lemon sauce into a large pot that has been placed over medium heat. Whisk in Parmesan cheese and stir until smooth and creamy. Continue to heat the sauce until it has thickened slightly.
Season the sauce with salt and pepper then add the cooked pasta, turning the pasta to coat.
- Keep the dish meatless or pack it full of veggies. Protein isn’t the only thing that can be added to this dish!
- Think spring veggies! Brussels sprouts, zucchini, asparagus, spinach….almost any vegetable would taste amazing tossed in that creamy, lemon sauce! You can bulk up this dish almost any way you’d like!
- This recipe starts with linguini pasta. I like the way the sauce clings to the long pasta, so Fettucine noodles would make a nice substitute. Honestly, however, you could use any pasta that can hold a little sauce!
-Add chicken or veggie broth for more flavor.
-Mascarpone or cream cheese could be used in place of the ricotta cheese
-Meyer lemons could be used in place of regular lemons
-Whole milk or half and half can be used in place of the heavy cream
Can I Make Lemon Pasta With Chicken?
Yes, you can easily add protein to this pasta dish! If you were going to use chicken, I would suggest using a rotisserie chicken and adding the shredded chicken to the sauce the same time you add the pasta.
Sliced turkey or seafood like shrimp or scallops would also make great add-ins for this pasta!
Can Lemon Pasta Be Reheated?
Yes, like any pasta it can be reheated, however, the sauce will take on a different consistency. The sauce will thicken around each pasta and will not be quite as creamy when reheated.
If you should find yourself with leftovers, you will still enjoy the flavor of this dish!
What To Serve With Lemon Pasta?
I nice baguette is always a good idea for starters! This Easy Spring Salad, this Easy Spinach Salad, or this Shrimp Caesar Salad are all nice side dish options.
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did! This lemon pasta is creamy, tastes light, tangy, and delicious!
If you love pasta as much as I do, then try Cacio de Pepe, Pesto Pasta Primavera, Alfredo with Lemon and Artichokes.
Succulent veal chops are pan-fried then finished in the oven for the perfect degree of doneness! A simple lemon herb sauce surrounds each veal chop so that each bite is melt-in-your mouth perfect! This meal is worthy of any special occasion! This fresh, crisp, and light kale salad will easily become your new favorite salad! It is a breeze to throw together and always tastes amazing! Avgolemono soup is a simple Greek soup that is tangy and rich tasting. This is the kind of soup that will make you feel good from the inside out!
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Succulent veal chops are pan-fried then finished in the oven for the perfect degree of doneness! A simple lemon herb sauce surrounds each veal chop so that each bite is melt-in-your mouth perfect! This meal is worthy of any special occasion!
This fresh, crisp, and light kale salad will easily become your new favorite salad! It is a breeze to throw together and always tastes amazing!
Avgolemono soup is a simple Greek soup that is tangy and rich tasting. This is the kind of soup that will make you feel good from the inside out!
Creamy Lemon Pasta
This lemon pasta is going to become a favorite! The taste is so light and fresh and the texture is smooth and creamy! #pasta #lemonpasta #creamypasta #easypasta
- 1 lb linguini
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 8 oz skim ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Parsley for garnish
- Prepare pasta according to package directions without adding any salt. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid.
- Place reserved cooking liquid, lemon zest, lemon juice, cream and ricotta cheese in a blender. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a deep skillet over medium heat.
- Add the sauce to the pan. Whisk in Parmesan cheese and stir. Continue to heat sauce for 1- 2 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken. Add in pasta, tossing to coat.
Amount Per Serving Calories 387Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 52mgSodium 744mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 16g
I could eat this pasta every day – looks so delicious!
Archie Milligan says
I Love these kinds of Pasta , I can eat them everyday.
Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says
I love that this has so few ingredients. Pastas like this are my absolute favorite!
YES, a good cover up and lots more pasta 🙂
Ilona @ Ilona's Passion says
Lemon pasta sounds interesting. Yum, it’s probably so tasty!
Matt Robinson says
I love everything about this. And it’s so easy! I could literally eat this every night of the week.
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
I know how you feel about wearing bathing suits in front of other people! I guess we just need to wear it and forget about what other people think.
This creamy lemon pasta looks so yummy!
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
Forget the swim suit! Maxi dress + pasta for the win.
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says
Giiiiiirl, these photos are on POINT! And I am loving this pasta for sure. Who needs bikini season!?
Not me!! I’d rather have Tanya’s creamy lemon pasta. I absolutely can’t wait to make it❤️
These flavor combinations sound dreamy. I love the idea of adding lemon to a cream mixture! Can’t wait to make this 😀
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
Pasta dishes like this are my favorite!
Looks creamy and so delicious! I will definitely try this dish!
Yum – thank you.
Yummmm! Tanya, your pics are making my mouth water! What a great dish. Can’t wait to give it a try! Pinned and shared 🙂
Anna McDonald says
Please check step 4, should be “sauce thickens”?
Robert Marullo says
Gee, just saw this recipe on my laptop and it appears that I am a year late in printing it out and giving it a good
try this weekend. I love anything with lemon, as it it very healthy and also help cut the calories and fat one might
think about with creamy pasta and ricotta cheeses and heavy cream. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it while writing this response. Thanks Tanya for a great recipe that could be used during the week, and on special weekends with friends and guests. Keep up the good work and keep sending me lots of good recipes. I don’t gtive a hoot about bathing suits, cause ah’s is a “foodie”
Foodies unite! Thank you, Robert, I too am a lemon lover. You are so right, it is such a simple way to add lots of fresh flavor. I love this pasta, I usually make it for just my family, but it would be wonderful for entertaining! So happy to have you here! Thanks for reading!
Emily @ Queen Of Constance says
How amazing and delicious this looks!!! Some of my favorite things in this pasta – YUM!!
I don’t own a blender. What other option if I can’t blend it?
Tanya Schroeder says
NO worries! Place the sauce ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat and whisk until combined.
I’ve been looking for a good lemon pasta because I have sooo many Meyer lemons. I’m adding chicken and I might top it with some mushrooms sautéed in butter and wine. Heaven on a plate!
Tanya Schroeder says
I LOVE the additions, please let me know how it tastes with the mushrooms!!
Dorothy Lett says
I might add shrimp YUM
I just cooked the mushrooms in a skillet with olive oil, salt, and garlic. Added a splash of white wine to de glaze the skillet and added them as a topping. I also had a couple of skewers of grilled chicken that I bought at Costco. Took the meat off the skewers and sliced the chicken and just threw them in the sauce to heat through. Perfect! It even tasted better as leftovers. This recipe will definitely go in my recipe book.
when do I add the salt and pepper?
Tanya Schroeder says
Anne, you will season the cheese mixture with the salt and pepper.
Tony Reynolds says
I finally got around to making this today (9/12/21). I didn’t have linguine on hand so I used fettuccine. I used full fat ricotta and it was amazing. This will become a regular!