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Fast Easy Lemon Garlic Butter Pasta is a simple and quick meal or side dish. Warm pasta is tossed in a simple garlic butter sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. The ultimate easy dinner recipe is ready in 20 minutes!

Fast and easy lemon butter pasta in a skillet.


Pantry and refrigerator staples guarantee you can make this recipe any time.

Young children who aren’t fond of elaborate sauces love this recipe with its minimal ingredients.

Minimal ingredients. This recipe has very few ingredients which means you want to use the best quality that’s available of cheese, pasta, and freshly ground pepper.

Another minimalist pasta is that you’ll love is Creamy Kimchi Pasta.

A fast and easy bowl of spaghetti with parmesan cheese and parsley.


  • If your pasta is ready before your lemon butter sauce is ready, add about ½ tablespoon of olive oil or butter. Doing so you make sure they won’t stick together too much. I do not recommend rinsing under cold water which will rinse off the starch. You want them to be sticky so the sauce will stick to them better.
  • If your sauce is done before your pasta is ready, follow the direction to step 4. Take off the heat. Right before you are ready to mix pasta and sauce, put the sauce back on the heat, bring to a boil, add the cheese, and proceed to step 6.
  • When serving, add a sprinkle of Parmigiano cheese and parsley (you can use dry or fresh).
  • This pasta is tasty and served with Chicken Piccata as well as butter sauteed shrimp. 
  • Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. Rewarm in the microwave.
A fast and easy plate of pasta with parmesan cheese and parsley.


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A plate of lemon garlic butter pasta with herbs on it.
Fast and Easy Lemon Butter Pasta in a skillet with forks.


Fast Easy Lemon Garlic Butter Pasta is a simple and quick meal or side dish. Warm pasta is tossed in a simple garlic butter sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. #butter #pasta #noodles #lemon #recipes #callmepmc
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
pasta cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
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  • 1 pound pasta any shape
  • 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) butter salted
  • ½ teaspoon salt ½
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth low-sodium
  • 1 medium lemon zested and juiced (2 tsp zest, 2 T juice)
  • ½ cup + more for top Parmigiana cheese fresh
  • 1 tablespoon + more for top parsley fresh or dry


  • Cook your pasta according to the directions on the box.
  • In a large pan, over medium, melt the butter
  • Once the butter is melted, add the salt, garlic powder, and ground pepper. Mix well.
  • Add the chicken broth, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir and bring to a low boil. (You will have boiling bubbles on the side of the pan)
  • Add in the fresh grated Parmigianino, and dry parsley, and mix well.
  • If your pasta is done cooking, add the cooked pasta to the sauce and mix to coat the pasta with the lemon butter sauce. Serve and enjoy!



Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 720mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 614IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 1mg
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