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Lemon butter pasta is quick and easy to make, light yet filling, and loaded with flavor. A delicious twist on classic buttered noodles ready in 15 minutes. | aheadofthyme.com

Lemon Butter Pasta


  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Lemon butter pasta is quick and easy to make, light yet filling, and loaded with flavor. A delicious twist on classic buttered noodles ready in 15 minutes. 


Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) dry spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over medium-high heat. Add spaghetti noodles and cook until al dente according to package directions, about 8-10 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the hot pasta water in a small bowl. Drain the noodles and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling and bubbling, about 1 minute. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add parsley, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup reserved pasta water. Stir well until smooth and bring it to a simmer, about 1 minute.
  4. Add drained spaghetti and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve immediately with crushed pepper flakes, extra parsley, and Parmesan on top, if desired.

Notes

How to store: Keep leftover lemon butter pasta in the fridge for up to 4-5 days inside an airtight container. Allow the pasta to cool to room temperature before storing to prevent condensation from forming inside the container.

How to reheat: Lemon butter pasta reheats well in the microwave. Cover pasta in a vented container and heat on medium to low heat in 30-second intervals until warmed through, mixing occasionally. You can also reheat it on the stove over medium-low heat. Add a splash of water if the sauce is too thick.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

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