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Lemon Garlic Pasta

Creamy and so incredibly delicious! Learn how to make lemon cream sauce for this absolutely divine pasta dish. Lemon Garlic Pasta is an easy and elegant meal. This meal serves 4-6 people. 
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Lemon Garlic Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 790kcal
Author Heather


  • 16 oz spaghetti noodles
  • 1/3 cup sea salt *for boiling pasta water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 lemons *zest of 2 lemons, juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 cloves garlic *thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter *cut into tbsp sizes and kept chilled until needed
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 1/4 cups parmesan cheese, finely grated *preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 6 oz prosciutto
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil (about 5-6 qts of water). Once boiling stir in 1/3 cup of sea salt. 
  • Cut prosciutto into small strips. Place a large frying pan over medium heat. Add oil and prosciutto strips. Sauté stirring often until prosciutto is golden brown and crisped, about 10 mins. Remove from pan and set aside.
    Crispy Prosciutto for Lemon Garlic Pasta
  • Meanwhile zest 2 lemons, juice 1 lemon, slice garlic, grate parmesan and cut butter. 
    Add lemon zest, garlic and cream to a heavy bottomed pot. Place pot over medium heat. 
    Once cream begins to simmer whisk in 1 tbsp of butter at a time until fully melted and emulsified. Repeat with remaining butter. 
    Once all the butter is fully incorporated lower to a low heat while pasta finishes cooking. Add pasta to boiling water and cook to al dente.
    Ingredients for Lemon Garlic Pasta
  • Once pasta is cooked, raise heat on lemon cream back up to medium. Working in batches quickly transfer noodles to cream pot, tossing well with each addition. 
    Toss in pasta water. At this point the sauce will be thin.
    Working in thirds, toss in parmesan cheese. Add in 3 tbsp- 1/4 cup of lemon juice and give the pasta one last good tossing. 
    Garnish with crisped prosciutto. 


Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 
Inspired by Bon Appetit 


Calories: 790kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 6831mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1229IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 2mg