Try this easy and unique Pasta al Limone, using only 5 ingredients!

By Karen Joyce Yam

Pasta al Limone is pasta in a lemon butter cream sauce. The dish only has a few ingredients, so the quality of the ingredients is really important!

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Here’s how to make the classic Pasta al Limone:

PASTA AL LIMONE (serves 6)


Spaghetti (about 400g)
1 Lemon
1 box All-purpose cream
Butter (6 Tbsp – 8 Tbsp, adjust according to your preference)
Parmesan, about ¾ cup
Salt & Pepper, to taste


  1. Boil spaghetti in salted water until al dente. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce.
  2. Thoroughly wash the lemon. Zest the whole lemon – get only the yellow skin and avoid getting any of the bitter white part of the lemon rind. Reserve some lemon zest for garnish.
  3. Squeeze the juice from the lemon.
  4. In a pan big enough to fit all the pasta: Put the lemon zest into the pan, add the all-purpose cream.
  5. Heat gently over medium-low heat, stirring to mix.
  6. When the lemon cream mixture is starting to bubble, add butter, 1 Tbsp at a time, mixing well each time until the butter has been fully incorporated into the sauce before adding the next one.
  7. At this point, the pasta should be almost done. Check that it is al dente (or as soft as you prefer). Add the hot pasta to the sauce. You don’t have to drain the pasta too much, a little pasta water being added to the sauce is okay.
  8. Toss the pasta in the lemon cream butter sauce. Add the parmesan cheese little by little, until the Parmesan has melted. The sauce should be creamy.
  9. Stir in half of the lemon juice. Do a taste test. If it’s sour enough for you, don’t add any more lemon juice. If you like it a bit more sour, add more lemon juice. Check if it also needs more salt.
  10. Serve. Garnish with green herbs of your choice, usually parsley, but I had some green onions I wanted to use up. You may also grind some black pepper on top, if you wish.

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