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Quick One-Pot Lemon Pasta Recipe

Lemon, Pasta, and Cheese – this quick and simple one-pot lemon pasta recipe is a must try for pasta lovers.

one pot lemon pasta on a clear plate with lemon on top

Looking for a simple one-pot lemon pasta recipe? This lemon pasta recipe is perfect for weeknights when you don’t have the energy or motivation to cook a fancy dinner. This one pot pasta recipe is quick, involves minimal effort, and is bursting with flavor. It is made without heavy cream and still tastes delicious!

We have created both vegan and non-vegetarian versions of this lemon pasta recipe so everyone can enjoy this amazing dish.

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Why We Love One Pot Lemon Pasta 

I love this one pot lemon pasta recipe because it is super simple to make. You only need 30 minutes and one pot to make this flavorful pasta! You can serve it as a snack, side dish, or even a main dish. Yup! It’s quite a diverse dish!

The burst of lemon and creaminess of parmesan makes it a good dish that you can enjoy anytime. You can add any mild protein like chicken, shrimp, or fish as a side and make it even more nutritious. 

Smothered in cream, with the twist of lemon and flavor of bouillon cube, this one pot lemon pasta recipe is my go to whenever I am in a rush and still want something delicious. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and lemon zest to add even more flavor to the dish.

Ingredients for One Pot Lemon Pasta Recipe

  • 1 lb pasta– I prefer using long pasta yet fits in the pan, like tagliatelle, long macaroni or spaghetti, etc. 
  • 1 lemon: What’s lemon pasta without lemon! I use the lemon zest as well as lemon juice to make it zingy!
  • 2 cups cooking cream: Cream gives that rich flavor to pasta that makes you devour it in minutes.
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube: I love this cube because it takes the flavor to the next level.
  • 1 tsp turmeric: Turmeric is great for adding a mild aroma and beautiful yellow color to your pasta.
  • Fresh basil: Basil makes everything look better, so keep some fresh basil ready!
  • 4 oz parmesan cheese: Fold in parmesan cheese to make your lemon pasta even more delicious.
one pot lemon pasta ingredients

One-Pot Lemon Pasta Recipe

  1. Select the pot where you will cook the one pot lemon pasta. I would use a big-size pan of about 12 inches in diameter, but you can choose a big pot if you prefer.
  2. Take the lemon to get the lemon juice and 1 tbsp lemon zest. I would zest it first and then squeeze it to get the lemon juice, but you can do it the other way if it works better for you.
  3. Pour the cooking cream, lemon juice, turmeric, bouillon cube, and half of the lemon zest into the pan and bring to boil.
  4. Put the pasta into the pan and wait for the time indicated in the pasta package. If the mix evaporates completely, you can add some water to finish cooking the pasta if necessary.
  5.  Once the liquid evaporates, make sure the pasta is cooked properly, then this one pot lemon pasta is ready to serve. 
  6. Finally, add parmesan cheese over the pasta, and decorate with basil leaves and lemon zest.
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Ingredients for One Pot Lemon Pasta Recipe (Vegan)

  • 1 lb pasta
  • 1 lemon
  •  2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • fresh basil

How to Make One-Pot Lemon Pasta Recipe (Vegan)

  1. Select the pot where you will cook the one-pot lemon pasta. I would use a big-size pan of about 12 inches in diameter, but you can choose a big pot if you prefer.
  2. Take the lemon to get the lemon juice and 1 tbsp lemon zest. I would zest it first and then squeeze it to get the lemon juice, but you can do it the other way if it works better for you.
  3. Pour the coconut milk, lemon juice, turmeric, bouillon cube, and half of the lemon zest into the pan and bring to boil.
  4. Put the pasta into the pan and wait for the time indicated in the pasta package. If the mix evaporates completely, you can add some water to finish cooking the pasta if necessary.
  5. Once the liquid evaporates and you make sure the pasta is well cooked, this one-pot lemon pasta is ready to serve. 
  6. Finally, decorate with basil leaves and lemon zest.
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FAQs

What Can I Serve With Lemon Pasta?

One pot lemon pasta is a diverse dish that can be served on its own or as a side dish. You can also serve it with a side such as garlic bread, some protein like chicken or fish. You can also add a caesar salad on the side to turn it into a hearty meal.

How Long Can I Store My One Pot Lemon Pasta?

One pot lemon pasta is always best served fresh. But you can refrigerate it for 2-3 days in an airtight container. Reheat it on the stove or in the microwave, and add a dash of milk or water to revive the consistency. 

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Tips and Tricks For One-Pot Lemon Pasta Recipe

  1. Using high-quality pasta always yields excellent results.
  2. For this recipe, use any long pasta, although I recommend spaghetti, macaroni, or tagliatelle.
  3. Don’t use bottled lemon juice. Always go with fresh lemon juice and zest to get the authentic Italian flavor.
  4. Fresh herbs always add to the freshness of the pasta, so don’t hesitate to add any herbs of your choice. 
one pot lemon pasta on a clear plate with lemon on top
Yield: 4 servings

One-Pot Lemon Pasta

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Lemon, Pasta, and Cheese - this quick and simple one pot lemon pasta recipe is a must try for pasta lovers.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Pasta
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Cups Cooking Cream or Coconut Milk
  • 1 Vegetable Bouillon Cube
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 4 oz Parmesan Cheese, if not vegan
  • Fresh Basil

Instructions

    1. Select the pot where you will cook the one-pot lemon pasta. I would use a big-size pan of about 12 inches in diameter, but you can choose a big pot if you prefer.
    2. Take the lemon to get the lemon juice and 1 tbsp lemon zest. I would zest it first and then squeeze it to get the lemon juice, but you can do it the other way if it works better for you.
    3. Pour the cooking cream or coconut milk, lemon juice, turmeric, bouillon cube, and half of the lemon zest into the pan and bring to boil.
    4. Put the pasta into the pan and wait for the time indicated in the pasta package. If the mix evaporates completely, you can add some water to finish cooking the pasta if necessary.
    5. Tip: Make sure you use a pasta type that fits in the pan like tagliatelle or macaroni. Otherwise, you will be in trouble if spaghetti don´t dip completely.
    6. Once the liquid evaporates and you make sure the pasta is well cooked, this one-pot lemon pasta is ready to serve.
    7. Finally, add parmesan cheese over the pasta, and decorate with basil leaves and lemon zest. If vegan, feel free to try adding plant-based cheese.

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