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Lemon Butter Pasta Sauce Recipe

This easy pasta dish combines fettuccine–or your favorite pasta like angel hair pasta –with a fresh, creamy lemon sauce, and comes together in under 30 minutes. It’s such a great, easy weeknight meal. We can’t get enough of this delicious and flavor filled pasta in our home.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 21 mins
Servings 4


  • 8 oz Dry fettuccine pasta (or noodle of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 2 Garlic cloves minced
  • ½ cup Heavy cream
  • ¾ cup Reserved pasta water
  • ½ cup Grated parmesan cheese pecorino cheese works too
  • 1 Lemon juiced or ⅛ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper


  • Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil.
  • Once the water is boiling, add in the dry pasta and cook until it is still slightly firm, yet soft (al dente).
  • As soon as you put the pasta into the boiling water, you’ll want to start the sauce portion.
  • In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and butter together over high heat. Add in the minced garlic and saute until the garlic has turned a golden brown color.
  • Pour the heavy cream into the pan of garlic and butter. Simmer on low heat until the cream begins to thicken a bit. Set aside until the pasta has finished cooking.
  • Drain the pasta making sure to set aside ¾ a cup of the pasta water. 
  • Add the drained pasta to the cream mixture and toss it well.
  • You can slowly add in the reserve pasta water until your pasta is the sauciness you prefer
  • Add in the parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper to the pasta. Toss once more until the noodles are fully coated.
  • Add a sprinkle more of parmesan cheese on top and serve immediately.