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This lusciously creamy lemon pasta recipe is the ideal balance of richness and acidity! It’s a comforting meal or stellar side dish.

Lemon pasta

Here’s a lusciously creamy pasta that will become the meal of your dreams. Try this Lemon Pasta! It’s rich and silky, with just the right balance of sharp citrus from loads of lemon zest. Don’t consider this a health food or even a healthy spin: it’s here for when you need a properly indulgent bit of pasta. This one is modeled off of a favorite of ours at a fantastic local restaurant and let’s just say: it’ll be tough to put down your fork.

Ingredients in this lemon pasta recipe

This lemon pasta recipe is a mess of citrusy, creamy long noodles smothered in cream, Parmesan and lemon zest. While most of the recipes on this website fit under the umbrella of healthy, this one is all about being just plain amazing. If you prefer a healthy spin, go to Vegan Fettucine Alfredo! For this lemon pasta you’ll need:

  • Pasta: spaghetti or bucatini
  • Milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Lemon zest
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
Lemon Pasta Recipe

Use any long noodle (bucatini is best)

You can use any type of long noodle for this lemon pasta recipe. If you have fresh pasta, this would be a great sauce for using it! Of course, it’s much more accessible to use dried long noodles. Here are some options:

  • Bucatini: It’s spaghetti with a hole in it! It lends a deliciously chewy texture to the pasta.
  • Spaghetti: The classic!
  • Linguine: A slightly wider noodle.
  • Fettucine: A flatter and wider noodle.

Of course, this sauce works well with a short noodle as well, if you’re looking for a short pasta! Some ideas: Rigatoni, Penne, Orecchiette and Cavatappi would be great contenders.

How to make lemon pasta: a few tips

This lemon pasta takes just a few minutes to whip up. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the cooking process:

  • Consider cutting it in half! The recipe below makes 6 to 8 servings, so cut in half if you don’t want leftovers (though they do save well!).
  • Zest the lemons first. You’ll need zest from two lemons, which can take a while. We like using a microplane grater to make quick work.
  • Loosen the sauce with pasta water. Like with many Italian pasta recipes, save a bit of the pasta water after you’ve boiled it: you may need a few splashes to get the sauce to a creamy consistency.
Lemon pasta

Serves a crowd, or works as leftovers

This lemon pasta makes quite a big pot of noodles! You’ll use 1 pound of pasta here, which in our book makes enough for 6 to 8 servings. This might be less than you’re used to when it comes to pasta, but this one is so rich we recommend having smaller servings.

You may want to halve this recipe, or it works great as leftovers! The flavor is still fantastic after 3 days refrigerated. We even ate it cold! You can also reheat it in a skillet with a splash of milk to get it creamy again.

What to serve with lemon pasta

Here’s an important thing about this lemon pasta recipe: how to make it into a meal! The serving size is smaller than you might be used to, because it’s such a rich and fatty pasta. You’ll want to accessorize it with a crisp green salad or some vegetable sides. Here are some ideas:

Lemon pasta

Or, serve it as a simple side dish

Another great way to serve lemon pasta? As a side dish! It works very well with fish or chicken for an elegant meal. Here are a few mains we’d serve it with:

This lemon pasta recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free or legume pasta.

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Lemon pasta

Lemon Pasta


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This lusciously creamy lemon pasta recipe is the ideal balance of richness and acidity! It’s a comforting meal or stellar side dish.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti or bucatini pasta*
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter, sliced
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta (and save the pasta water!): Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Set the timer for a few minutes less than the package instructions and then taste: the pasta should be just done, still with some firmness. The pasta should also taste salty from the salted water. Save out ½ cup pasta water using a glass measuring cup for the sauce, then quickly drain the pasta.
  2. Make the sauce: In saucepan, add the milk and cream and bring to a simmer over medium heat. As it comes to a simmer, grate in the garlic. Add ½ teaspoon kosher salt, zest of 1 lemon, and 4 tablespoons butter and stir for 1 minute. Slowly sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese, stirring constantly until fully incorporated and the sauce thickens.
  3. Serve: Add the drained pasta to the sauce and toss to combine. Allow to sit 3 minutes. Add the remaining zest of 1 lemon, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon butter. Add a few drizzles of pasta water as necessary until nicely coated. Serve with fresh ground black pepper. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 3 days (reheats nicely in a skillet with a splash of milk).

Notes

*This quantity serves 6 to 8: make sure to cut in half if you’re serving less eaters! Pair with a green salad or veggie side to round it out as a meal.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Pasta
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Lemon pasta

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Tortelloni could not be tastier paired with tomato cream sauce! The rich, tangy sauce pairs perfectly with chewy pasta pillows.

Tortelloni

Got tortelloni? This delicious pasta is often mistaken for tortellini, but it’s easily the better of the cousin pasta shapes. The larger of the two is delightfully tender, with a generous gooey filling. Here’s our favorite way to serve them: with a tangy, garlicky tomato sauce, with a touch of richness from a hint of cream. It’s a great way to make them into a tasty vegetarian dinner or easy side dish. This one has been a huge hit with any friends and family we serve it to!

What is tortelloni?

What is tortelloni, anyway? It’s easy to grab a package and mistake it for the smaller pasta shape. What is tortelloni vs tortellini?

  • Tortelloni is a pasta shape that is larger than tortellini with a filled center. Tortellini has smaller and is ring shaped, with a hole in the middle. In traditional Italian cooking, tortelloni filling is vegetarian whereas tortellini often has meat. Tortellini is also often served in broth, whereas tortelloni is served with creamy sauces.
  • Where to find it? Tortelloni is easy to find the refrigerated section at your local grocery. It’s usually not available dried or frozen (though you can find tortellini dried and frozen).
  • How to tell the difference quickly? Tortellini has a hole in the middle, tortelloni has a solid center that encloses the filling.
Tortelloni

Ways to serve tortelloni

Tortelloni is our preference over tortellini because it’s larger and more substantial. It’s great for serving with creamy sauces, whereas the smaller pasta shape can get lost. Here are some of the top ways to eat tortelloni:

Tomato cream sauce

Making tomato cream sauce: some tips!

This tomato cream sauce is our favorite way to serve tortelloni. It’s similar to a Vodka Sauce, but instead of slow cooking it for hours you can whip it up in just 30 minutes. Here are a few notes on the process:

  • Find best quality canned tomatoes. The quality of tomatoes makes the sauce. Our top choice is fire roasted, if you can find them: the flavor is sweet and developed right out of the can. Or look for San Marzano, an Italian variety of tomato with a sweet flavor. If you can’t find either, just find the best quality canned tomatoes you can find.
  • The secret ingredient? Fennel seeds. The fennel adds add hearty, meaty flavor that can’t be replicated. Don’t leave it out!
  • Simmer until thickened. This should take between 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the brand of tomatoes. Longer is always better, if you have the time!

Make it a meal: sides for tortelloni

Whip up a pan of this tortelloni, and you’re on your way to a delicious meal! You can serve it as a meatless main, or a side dish in part of a larger spread. We’ve served it as a side dish for salmon in a meal al fresco, and all our guests raved! Here are some ideas for making it into a meal:

Tortelloni

Try it in these tortellini recipes

Can you use tortellini in this tortelloni recipe? Absolutely! These pasta types are easy to swap. You can also use tortelloni in these tasty tortellini recipes:

This tortelloni recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten free tortelloni.

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Tortelloni

Easy Tortelloni


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Tortelloni could not be tastier paired with tomato cream sauce! The rich, tangy sauce pairs perfectly with chewy pasta pillows.


Ingredients

  • 18 ounces refrigerated cheese tortelloni*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 28 ounce crushed tomatoes (fire roasted if possible)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons (double concentrated) tomato paste or 3 tablespoons normal tomato paste
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 yellow onion, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • To serve: Parmesan cheese, fresh basil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce: Mince the garlic. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and fennel seeds and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant and the garlic is golden (do not allow to brown). Turn the heat to medium low. Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, ¼ cup of the heavy cream, the half onion, and the salt. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes until the sauce is thickened. When thickened, remove the half onion and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons heavy cream.
  2. Cook the pasta: Start a large pot of well-salted water to boil. Boil the pasta until al dente according to the package instructions (usually around 2 minutes).
  3. Serve: When the sauce is done, add the pasta to the skillet. Top with Parmesan shavings and fresh basil, if desired.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired

Keywords: Tortelloni

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RADISH POTATO SALAD

This is an absolutely cracking potato salad – sweet and warm new season’s baby potatoes, juicy and spicy radishes, fragrant roasted walnuts and honey-mustard dressing. It’s like a song about spring. The salad is great on its own, but it can be a cool addition to chicken, sausages or fish. For example, to smoked salmon. […]

This is an absolutely cracking potato salad – sweet and warm new season’s baby potatoes, juicy and spicy radishes, fragrant roasted walnuts and honey-mustard dressing. It’s like a song about spring.

The salad is great on its own, but it can be a cool addition to chicken, sausages or fish. For example, to smoked salmon. You can also use old potatoes. But I would like you to use young potatoes for this salad. In addition to the dill and green onions, you can add fresh mint leaves. Also, add a lot of black pepper!

Tips

If your radishes have become a little soft, you can freshen them up by putting them in a cold water for about half an hour.

Potato Radish salad with cucumber, walnuts, and honey-mustard dressing

Recipe

PREP TIME COOK TIME MAKES
25 minutes 10 minutes 2 servings

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)

  • 600 g (1 lb 5 oz) young potatoes 
  • 300 g (10 oz) radishes
  • 200 g (7 oz) fresh cucumbers
  • 70 g (2½ oz) walnuts
  • 1 bunch of green onions (50 g, 1½ oz)
  • ½ bunch of dill

For the dressing:

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Lots of black pepper
  • Salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Peel or scrub the potatoes well with a brush. Cover with water and boil until tender.
  2. Roast the nuts in a dry pan. Coarsely chop with a knife.

The nuts can even burn slightly, this will give a special flavor to the salad. Just a little! 

  1. In a large serving bowl, mix all the ingredients for the dressing.
  2. Cool the potatoes a bit so they can be handled. Slice into thick circles. If the potatoes are large, cut them in half.
  3. Put the potatoes in the bowl with the dressing and mix gently. A silicone spatula is perfect for this. Cover while you cut up the rest of the ingredients for the salad.
  4. Cut the radishes and cucumbers into thin slices; you can use a slicer.
  5. Finely chop the green onions. Break the dill into small sprigs. Add the herbs, cucumbers, and radishes to the potatoes. Stir. Salt, if necessary. Sprinkle with walnuts.

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