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Simple Lemon Parmesan Pasta

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian


Simple Lemon Parmesan Pasta is an easy and light recipe, perfect for a springtime dinner!  Loaded with grated parmesan cheese, fresh lemon juice, and lots and lots of garlic … this flavorful pasta is great on its own, as a side dish, or with added protein.  Creamy, cheesy, and delicious!


  • 1 lb pasta
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 11 1/2 lemons (depending on taste!)
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup pasta water
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Start by boiling your pasta water, add a pinch of salt, and your pasta.  Cook according to the box and as you would any other pasta.  Make sure to keep your pasta water, you will need it for the sauce.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add the butter to a large pan over low to medium heat and melt.  Add the garlic and sauté for a few minutes until soft and fragrant.
  3. Once done cooking, add the pasta to the pan with the butter and garlic.  Add the parmesan cheese (little by little if needed), lemon juice, and pasta water.  Toss to combine.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with an extra squeeze of lemon, parmesan cheese, and fresh parsley.  Enjoy!

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