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5-Ingredient Pasta Limone

If you have linguine, lemons, butter, and parmesan cheese in your pantry, then you can whip up Pasta Limone in 20 minutes or less. This creamy lemon-infused pasta is bursting with bright lemon flavor and a luxurious butter sauce. Serve with a big green salad, some green veggies, and this dinner is complete. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword lemon pasta, creamy lemon pasta, pasta limone, pasta with lemon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 328 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 1 lb linguine or other long noodle
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 7 tbsp unsalted or salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest (about 3 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped


  1. Fill a large stock pot halfway full with water. It's important to only fill it half way so the cooking liquid becomes very starchy. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Season with salt. It should taste as salty as sea water. Add the pasta. Use tongs to make sure the pasta seperates. After it cooks a few minutes, use the tongs to seperate the noodles again. Cook the pasta until it's just UNDER aldente. It should still have a slight crunch to it. It will cook longer later.

  2. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the starchy cooking liquid. Set aside. Drain pasta.

  3. Add pasta back to the pot along with lemon juice, salt, and 1 cup of hot pasta water. Turn the heat on low. While tossing the pasta with tongs or stirring with a wooden spoon, add the butter a few tablespoons at a time. Toss or stir until the butter has melted and incorporated into the sauce, then repeat with remaining butter. Once all the butter has been incorporated, add in the parmesan cheese, black pepper and lemon zest. Toss until the cheese melts. If needed, add more pasta water to loosen the sauce up.

  4. Season with plenty of salt and pepper. Add parsley. Toss. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
5-Ingredient Pasta Limone
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 405mg18%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 360IU7%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.