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Lemon Pasta Recipe

Whole wheat spaghetti noodles tossed in a delicious creamy lemon pasta sauce, then topped with fresh parsley. This is an easy dinner recipe that will become a family fave.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Servings: 5 servings


  • 12 oz whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lemon - zested and juiced
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons parsley - chopped
  • reserved pasta water
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Cook pasta until al dente in a large pot of heavily salted boiling water. Don’t overcook the pasta! Drain the pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water. 
  • In a skillet over medium low heat add the heavy cream and zest of 1 lemon. Whisk until the liquid begins to simmer. Once simmering, reduce heat to low and add in the butter. Stir the butter until it has fully melted.
  • Stir in the lemon juice.
  • Add the parmesan to the cream sauce, stir until combined. 
  • Place the noodles in the sauce. Using kitchen tongs, mix the pasta until it has been covered by the sauce.
  • Add ¼ cup of the pasta water until you get a nice saucy consistency. Season with salt and pepper. *
  • Divide pasta among bowls and garnish with additional parmesan and chopped parsley. 


*I added about 3/4 cup of reserved pasta water to get the consistency I like. Add a little as you go; you can always add more but you can't take away. 
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit


Calories: 546kcal (27%), Carbohydrates: 55g (18%), Protein: 18g (36%), Fat: 31g (48%), Saturated Fat: 19g (95%), Cholesterol: 93mg (31%), Sodium: 343mg (14%), Potassium: 235mg (7%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 1g (1%), Vitamin A: 1235IU (25%), Vitamin C: 14.9mg (18%), Calcium: 300mg (30%), Iron: 2.9mg (16%)