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Creamy Lemon Butter Pasta Sauce with spaghetti

Creamy Lemon Butter Pasta Sauce with spaghetti is a delicious, restaurant-style dish that you can make at home in about 20 minutes.
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italain
Keyword: Creamy Lemon butter pasta sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Author: Rachel


Creamy Lemon Butter Pasta Sauce

  • 3 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 5 Tbsp. of butter
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest About two lemons
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup pasta water
  • 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice I squeeze half a lemon over it and go with that. As long as your lemons are ripe, that will do.
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. of olive oil
  • Optional: Red pepper flakes


  • Water for pasta
  • 2 tsp. salt for the water
  • 1 box spaghetti


  • Boil pasta water and add salt. Then add the pasta and cook per instructions.
  • Add olive oil to a heated pan on low. Once it's warm, add garlics, shallots and lemon zest. Stir continuously until softened and fragrant. About 2 minutes.
  • Add the butter and melt stirring frequently. Heat about 3 minutes.
  • Add in cream and simmer.
  • When the pasta is done, reserve 1/3 cup pasta water and add to the sauce pan.
  • Drain pasta and add it directly to the pan with the sauce. Add lemon juice and stir.
  • Add parmesan and mix well with tongs.
  • Add in fresh basil and mix again.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Plate and then add additional salt and pepper, thyme leaves, basil and red pepper if you like.