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Lemon spaghetti served on a plate, garnished with fresh herbs and lemon slices.

Lemon Spaghetti

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Dinner


Creamy and zesty lemon spaghetti is a comforting pasta recipe filled with refreshing flavor. Whip up the garlicky lemon sauce in the time it takes to boil your pasta!


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional – extra Parmesan to garnish


  1. Boil pasta according to package directions.
  2. When the pasta is almost done melt butter in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted add in the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for one minute. Whisk in the heavy cream
  3. Drain the pasta and add it immediately into the butter mixture, coating the pasta evenly.
  4. Add in the Parmesan cheese, parsley, lemon zest and lemon juice stirring to evenly incorporate. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve immediately and garnish with extra Parmesan Cheese if desired.


Store airtight in refrigerator for up to 3 days


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 508
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 245.1 mg
  • Fat: 18.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 70.9 g
  • Protein: 17.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.8 mg
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