Lemon and garlic add zest to this easy stovetop pasta dish. Pasta with Parmesan and Lemon Sauce is a delicious vegetarian dinner that is perfect for evenings when you need something quick that doesn’t heat the kitchen.
⏲️ Time needed
You’ll need 5-10 minutes to zest and juice the lemons (see our tip below about freezing fresh lemon juice and zest to save time and avoid waste). The pasta can cook while you’re preparing the sauce, so you can have this dish ready in under 25 minutes.
- fresh garlic
- zest and juice from 2 lemons
- alt and pepper
- Parmesan cheese
Cook the pasta according to package directions. If it’s done before the sauce, drain and keep warm.
Melt the butter with the oil over medium heat, then add the minced garlic cloves and lightly sauté (never let sautéed garlic get too brown—less is more with garlic).
Add the zest and lemon juice, stir well, and heat just enough to warm it. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and toss the sauce with the pasta. Serve garnished with shredded Parmesan cheese.
Did you know that you can freeze fresh lemon and lime zest and juice? No more shriveled up lemons or limes in the crisper when you optimistically buy a whole bag and don’t end up using them. Garden Betty has the scoop. I’m big on freezing ingredients, and this is just one more way to save time & money and eliminate waste.
You may not want to do a whole bag, but buy an extra two or three lemons and freeze the zest and juice. You’ll thank me the next time a recipe calls for lemon zest and you can pull it out of the freezer.
Pasta with Parmesan and Lemon Sauce
- 12 oz linguini
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 3 Tbsp oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Zest and juice from 2 lemons
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan Cheese to taste
- Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and keep warm.
- Melt the butter with the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic cloves and lightly sauté.
- Add the zest and lemon juice stir well and heat to just warm it. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Toss sauce with pasta and serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.
🥗 Side dishes
I would recommend a simple green vegetable with this pasta dish—steamed broccoli, sautéed sugar snap peas, or seasoned green beans.
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