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Creamy Lemon Pasta (One Pot!)

If you have one pot and 20 minutes, then this Creamy Lemon Pasta can be on your table in no time! You’ll love every bite of this buttery lemon sauce! Pair it with chicken, shrimp, or enjoy it as-is!

Serve this with my restaurant-style Chicken Piccata Recipe.

A wooden spoon holding a scoop of creamy lemon pasta in a pot with lemons in the background.

We are complete suckers for this creamy lemon pasta in our house. The zesty tang of the lemon is balanced out by the savory Parmesan cheese and cream sauce. Every ingredient compliments each other perfectly.

Speaking of the ingredients… here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients

  • Parmesan Cheese– High quality, shredded from a block at home.
  • Butter- I recommend Cabot.
  • Garlic– Mince it fresh at home. This garlic twister makes it easy. (Way better than the jarred stuff.)
  • Chicken Broth
  • Half and Half– You can use whole milk but the lower fat content means you run a risk of having it curdle.
  • Angel Hair Pasta- not regular spaghetti noodles.
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Fresh Parsley

Optional: 1 tablespoons capers can be added when the chicken broth is added as well.


How to Make it

See recipe card at bottom of post for quantities and full instructions.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Skillets side by side showing butter being melted and minced garlic being cooked.

Add the chicken broth. Slowly stir in the half and half. Bring to a gentle boil, then add the angel hair pasta. 

Half and half being poured into a skillet of chicken broth followed by adding angel hair pasta to make creamy lemon pasta.

Once the noodles can bend, use kitchen tongs immerse them into the sauce. 

Let it simmer for 4-5 minutes, until cooked through. Gradually sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. The pasta will continue to thicken upon standing.

Remove from heat and squeeze fresh lemons over the pasta. Stir the combine. Add fresh Parsley and serve.

Side by side images of garlic butter angel hair spaghetti cooking in sauce.

The Trick to Extra Creamy Sauce

  • Refrain from adding cold ingredients into warm pasta when you prepare it. This includes the cheese, half and half, and/or milk. The consistency will be super creamy if you follow this instruction.
  • Purchase a block of high-quality Parmesan cheese. Always shred the cheese yourself, it will taste and melt much better.
  • Let the cheese come to room temperature before adding it to the warm (not hot!) base.
  • Add the cheese gradually as opposed to all at once.

Storing Leftovers

  • Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • You can also freeze it and store it for up to 3 months.

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A close up view of buttery noodles in a creamy lemon sauce with a fork in them and fresh parsley on top.

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Creamy Lemon Pasta

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If you have one pot and 20 minutes, then this Creamy Lemon Pasta can be on your table in no time! You'll love every bite of this buttery lemon sauce! Pair it with chicken, shrimp, or enjoy it as-is!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half*, at room temperature
  • 8 oz. angel hair pasta,, (equal to 1/2 lb.)
  • 1/2 fresh lemon, (or 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice.)
  • Fresh Parsley, to garnish
  • 1 tablespoon capers,, optional

Instructions

  • Shred the Parmesan cheese and set it aside to allow it to get to room temperature.
  • Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken broth. (And 1 tablespoon capers if desired.)
  • Slowly stir in the half and half. Bring to a gentle boil, then add the pasta. Add the pasta. You can break the noodles in half, or allow them to heat up until you can use kitchen tongs to bend them into the pan.
  • Let the pasta simmer for 4-5 minutes. Stir it every 30 seconds or so to prevent the noodles from sticking together. Reduce heat to low.
  • Gradually sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese, stirring as you do so, until smooth and well-combined. Note: The sauce will be thin at first but will thicken upon standing. The pasta will continue to absorb more of the sauce as well.
  • Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Toss the pasta to combine. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.

Notes

*Don't substitute regular spaghetti noodles for the angel hair. They take much longer to cook and would require more liquid.

*Milk can be used instead of half and half, but make sure the base is warm (not hot), when you add it to avoid curdling. Warming the milk in the microwave first will also help prevent curdling. Whole milk works best.

Optional Additions:

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 626mg, Potassium: 299mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 574IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 237mg, Iron: 1mg

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83 comments on “Creamy Lemon Pasta (One Pot!)”

  1. THIS PASTA!  Wow it was so good and so quick and easy to make. Even my picky toddler loved it. Will be making again soon

  2. Omgosh!  I’m so glad I found this recipe!  My daughter loves lemon anything.  It was perfect cooked straight from recipe.  I don’t think I will ever eat anything but angel hair pasta again!! 

    • Thanks so much for the great comments and review Amanda! I’m so happy your daughter enjoyed it. My husband loves anything lemon too, this is one of his favorites. Thanks again!💖

  3. It’s absolutely delicious. There isn’t angel hair pasta in the country I live in, so I just added more broth as required. I served it with shrimp scampi and it was a massive hit! This will be on the regular recipe rotation from now on.

  4. I made this last night. I didn’t have angel hair pasta, so I used linguine. Obviously, had to cook the pasta longer and added a little more broth and half and half to compensate gor the thicker pasta. Added shrimp and cherry tomatoes at the end and cook until shrimp was just done. Hubby and I both loved it. And the kitchen crew (me) loved the easy clean up! Thanks for a recipe that we will definitely make again.

    • Great job making that adjustment for the Linguine Mary! I’m so happy you and the hubby enjoyed it. I love the easy clean up from one pot recipes too! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and leave a review!❤️

  5. I made this tonight, dinner for one, turned out great! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I substituted heavy cream for the half and half and sprinkled in some feta cheese at the end, along with the parmesan. It was quick, easy and yummy! 

    • I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it Maureen! That’s great news! 🙂 I love the idea of adding Feta! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, I really appreciate it!! -Stephanie

  6. Loved this recipe omg. This is totally comfort food for mee. I used vegetable broth and heavy cream for the halfnhalf. This was really one pot and so easy.

    • I’m so happy you loved this one Marisa! Every once in awhile my husband will say “I need my dish” and I know I have to make him this one lol. Thanks so much for the great comments and review!❤️

  7. Delicious and easy one pot pasta recipe comes together quickly. I might try this again with some feta added at the end as well. Personally, I could have used the whole lemon but I really love lemon. 

    • I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe Michelle! My husband can’t get enough lemon, I make this for him a lot. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!❤️

  8. My husband and I are renting a condo in Florida for the winter. It has a very small kitchen and it is not very well stocked. Your (easy) Creamy Lemon Pasta worked perfectly for dinner last night as it is all cooked in one pan. I added shrimp and it was so yummy! Thanks for a great meal.

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