The Perfect Lemon Basil Pasta

September 22, 2020Jessica Ashcroft

Lemon Basil Pasta is a bright and tangy side dish with fresh lemon, basil, and melted butter. All you need is one pot to make this vegetarian recipe!

Lemon and basil pasta on a marble plate.

I love the taste of fresh lemon!

When you combine it with fresh basil and pasta, you have a match made in Heaven.

Lemon Basil Pasta is a super simple side dish you can have on the table in 15 minutes. 

And the best part is it only uses one pot so clean up is a breeze!

Ingredients

Lemon parmesan pasta on a marble plate and cutting board.

8 oz. thin spaghetti

2 tablespoons melted margarine or butter

2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

3/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 teaspoon basil leaves

How to make Lemon Basil Pasta

Lemon herb pasta with fresh basil and lemon slices.

COOK: Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt in the cooking water. Drain and return pasta to pan.

COMBINE: In a small bowl, combine margarine, lemon juice, basil, garlic, and pepper. Toss with cooked pasta

SPRINKLE: Sprinkle cheese over pasta and serve immediately.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

You can really use any pasta to make this recipe. I’m not a huge fan of angel hair, so that’s why I opt for thin spaghetti, but like I always tell my husband, pasta tastes about the same no matter the shape. Ha!

This recipe tastes the best if you use fresh ingredients like fresh lemon juice and fresh basil. But if you don’t have those on hand (I rarely do), you can sub in bottled lemon juice or dried basil.

If you don’t like the taste of grated Parmesan (no judgment!), you can use shredded Parmesan. Make sure to use melted butter and not margarine with the shredded Parmesan for the richest flavor.

You can make this pasta recipe a main dish by throwing some grilled or breaded chicken on top.

Lemon basil pasta on a marble plate.

Perfect Pairings

I love to serve Lemon Basil Pasta with:

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Lemon and basil pasta on a marble plate.

Lemon Basil Pasta

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Lemon Basil Pasta is a bright, tangy side dish with fresh lemon, basil, and melted butter. All you need is one pot to make this vegetarian recipe!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. thin spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons melted margarine or butter
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon basil leaves

Instructions

    1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt in the cooking water. Drain and return pasta to pan.
    2. In a small bowl, combine margarine, lemon juice, basil, garlic, and pepper. Toss with cooked pasta.
    3. Sprinkle cheese over pasta and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 434mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g
Try this simple one pot lemon basil pasta recipe for dinner tonight!

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