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Creamy Lemon Spaghetti

Creamy, lemon spaghetti is a quick and easy pasta dish that can be served as a side or the main entree for a satisfying dinner!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author natasha


  • 12 oz of thin spaghetti
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic about 3 large cloves
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tsp of fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water
  • Kosher salt + Black pepper
  • Fresh parsley to garnish


  • Cook pasta according to al dente instructions.
  • In a saucepan, add olive oil and melt butter on medium heat.
  • Add minced garlic & lemon zest and turn heat to medium-low and saute for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Deglaze the pan with lemon juice and stir gently.
  • Add heavy cream, pasta water, and stir.
  • Bring to a low simmer and allow the sauce to thicken and emulsify for a couple of minutes.
  • Add parmesan, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Add cooked pasta to the sauce and stir vigorously to incorporate.
  • Turn off the stove and add freshly chopped parsley.
  • Serve and top with more parmesan cheese and black pepper.


You might not use all the pasta water, just use your best judgment. Pasta water is to loosen up the sauce if it gets too thick.
Go heavy on the black pepper as it adds a nice kick to the sauce and compliments the lemon flavor.