Creamy Lemon Pasta on a square white plate with a salad and glass of water in the background

Creamy Lemon Pasta

Have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes with this delicious creamy pasta with a bit of lemon for extra flavor.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword heavy cream, lemon, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 875kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch



  • 4 qts water
  • 1 lb fettuccine noodles
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Cook the pasta as directed until it is al dente
  • When it’s done, reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid for use in the sauce
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, warm the oil and add the lemon zest
  • Add the salt, honey, and green onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onions are softened
  • Whisk in the cream and let it simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently so it doesn’t scald
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese and reserved cooking liquid into the cream sauce
  • Drain the noodles (reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid) and fold the lemon juice in until the pasta absorbs the juice
  • Add the pasta to the cream sauce and toss to coat the pasta with the sauce
  • Divide the pasta and garnish with pepper and lemon zest


Calories: 875kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 193mg | Sodium: 931mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1170IU | Vitamin C: 18.2mg | Calcium: 410mg | Iron: 2.6mg