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Lemon Garlic Pasta

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Lemon garlic pasta is a simple, quick recipe that you can throw together in less than 20 minutes. The fresh tasting lemon garlic sauce adds amazing flavor to the noodles that your family will love. When you want a fast meal, this pasta recipe is the one you will want to pull out.

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What is Lemon garlic Pasta?

Lemon garlic pasta is a simple noodle recipe that combines the flavor of garlic and lemon for fresh taste with a bit of bite. It is the perfect pasta dish for summer since it tastes light and bright. 

We love this lemon garlic pasta recipe because it is fast and easy to make. You will not need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, which means more free time or time with your family.

And, you can easily put dinner on the table in the amount of time that it takes to boil noodles. Serve with some fresh bread and a salad for a easy meal any time you 

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🥘Ingredients

When you want to make the best tasting lemon pasta, you’ll need:

  • Dry pasta - We use either spaghetti or linguine, but you could use just about any pasta noodles you like. You will want to follow package instructions to cook them al-dente.
  • Butter - This helps to form the base of the sauce for the lemon garlic pasta.
  • Garlic - The garlic provides most of the flavor for the sauce, but you can add more if you like.
  • Lemon zested and juiced - We use fresh lemons when making lemon pasta for the added flavor. 
  • Fresh parsley - Parsley helps to add a freshness to the lemon garlic pasta sauce.
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese - We love the salty flavor that Parm adds, but you can skip this if you prefer. 

🔪How to make Lemon garlic Pasta

Once you have the ingredients gathered, you can make the lemon garlic pasta following these steps:

  • First, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta al dente according to the package directions. Once cooked, train pasta and reserve ½ cup of the pasta water.
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  • Next, zest the lemon and set the zest aside and then juice the lemons until you get about 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  • While the pasta is boiling, add butter and garlic to a large skillet over medium heat. Next, cook just until the garlic becomes fragrant, which is about 30 seconds.
  • Next, add 1 teaspoon lemon zest, the lemon juice, parsley, and cheese to the skillet. Simmer the mixture for 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly thickened. When you make more, it will take a bit longer to thicken.
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  • Remove the lemon garlic pasta sauce from heat and toss with the noodles. Once mixed in, stir small amounts of pasta water until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Finally, transfer the pasta to a serving platter or individual plates and then garnish with more lemon zest, sprinkle some fresh cracked black pepper, and squeeze a little lemon juice on top. 
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💭Pro tips and tricks

When making pasta al limone, you will want to follow these easy tips and tricks for the best results:

  • Cook the pasta until it is al-dente. Al-dente means that the pasta is softened, but has a bit of firmness in the center.
  • Don’t toss your pasta water, you’ll need it to help thin out the sauce.
  • Use milk instead of pasta water for a more creamy consistency to the lemon garlic pasta sauce.
  • Use fresh ingredients for the best flavor.

🔪How to make Pasta Al Limone in Instant Pot

  • First, Turn Instant Pot to sauté mode
  • While the Instant pot heats up, zest the lemon and set the zest aside and then juice the lemons until you get about 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Add butter and garlic to the instant pot.
  • Next, cook just until the garlic becomes fragrant, which is about 60 seconds.
  • Next, Turn sauté off and add 1 teaspoon lemon zest, the lemon juice, parsley, and cheese.
  • Add about 2 1/2 cups of water
  • Break the pasta in half and lay the pasta in the pot in a stack rather than in rows.
  • Close the Instant Pot and pressure cook for 4 minutes.
  • Next, Do a quick release once pressure cooking is done to allow the steam to escape. You can put a heavy cloth over the spout.
  • Stir the pasta and the liquid for around a minute until it is well combined.
  • Finally, transfer the pasta to a serving platter or individual plates and then garnish with more cheese, lemon zest, sprinkle some fresh cracked black pepper, and squeeze a little lemon juice on top. 

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What other pasta can I substitute?

The lemon garlic pasta sauce works with just about any noodle you like. If you do want to use a different noodle, we recommend following the box’s instructions for cooking them al-dente.

Do lemon and garlic go together?

Yes! Lemon and garlic make a really great flavor combination. You will find lemon and garlic put together in a variety of different Italian and Italian American dishes. 

👪How to serve

When we make lemon garlic pasta, we serve it hot and fresh. It has the best flavor that way. We also serve it with:

How long does it keep?

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Lemon garlic pasta is best served fresh and hot when you make it. But if you have leftovers, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge for about 2 to 3 days. When you want to eat the leftovers, you can add them to a pan with a little bit more butter and lemon juice and gently saute them on medium-low heat until they are warmed through.

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Lemon Garlic Pasta Recipe

Lemon garlic pasta is a simple, quick recipe that you can throw together in less than 20 minutes. The fresh tasting lemon garlic sauce adds amazing flavor to the noodles that your family will love.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dry pasta (spaghetti or linguine)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 1 or 2 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley chopped /plus more for garnish
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese optional

Instructions

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Pasta

  • First, Turn Instant Pot to sauté mode
  • While the Instant pot heats up, zest the lemon and set the zest aside and then juice the lemons until you get about 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Add butter and garlic to the instant pot.
  • Next, cook just until the garlic becomes fragrant, which is about 60 seconds.
  • Next, Turn sauté off and add 1 teaspoon lemon zest, the lemon juice, parsley, and cheese.
  • Add about 2 1/2 cups of water
  • Break the pasta in half and lay the pasta in the pot in a stack rather than in rows.
  • Close the Instant Pot and pressure cook for 4 minutes.
  • Next, Do a quick release once pressure cooking is done to allow the steam to escape. You can put a heavy cloth over the spout.
  • Stir the pasta and the liquid for around a minute until it is well combined.
  • Finally, transfer the pasta to a serving platter or individual plates and then garnish with more cheese, lemon zest, sprinkle some fresh cracked black pepper, and squeeze a little lemon juice on top. 


Stove Top Instructions

  • First, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta al dente according to the package directions. Once cooked, train pasta and reserve ½ cup of the pasta water.
  • Next, zest the lemon and set the zest aside and then juice the lemons until you get about 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  • While the pasta is boiling, add butter and garlic to a large skillet over medium heat. Next, cook just until the garlic becomes fragrant, which is about 30 seconds.
  • Next, add 1 teaspoon lemon zest, the lemon juice, parsley, and cheese to the skillet. Simmer the mixture for 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly thickened. When you make more, it will take a bit longer to thicken.
  • Remove the lemon garlic pasta sauce from heat and toss with the noodles. Once mixed in, stir small amounts of pasta water until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Finally, transfer the pasta to a serving platter or individual plates and then garnish with more lemon zest, sprinkle some fresh cracked black pepper, and squeeze a little lemon juice on top.

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Hello, I am Soniya, the cofounder of The Belly Rules The Mind.  Originally from Mumbai, India, I am settled in Virginia US with my husband.

I am a mother of 2 energetic boys, referred to as R2 (15-year-old) and R3 (10-year-old) on the blog. In case you are wondering who is R1, well that is my husband. 

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Thursday 23rd of June 2022

Loved this tasty uym

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