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Lemon Cream Pasta

April 13, 2011

In my quest to eat less meat (and still flavorful dinners), I’d like to introduce you to Lemon Cream Pasta. It’s just as it sounds — lemony and creamy. While this may not be the lowest-fat vegetarian choice, it’s still delicious. And hey, you’re not eating meat. So splurge a little!

I adapted this recipe from a friend’s husband who is an awesome cook. Thank you, Paul and Polly, for this delicious and inspiring dinner. It’s now a frequent-flyer on my dinner list.

Lemon Cream Pasta

3 fresh lemons (zested and juiced — be sure to zest first)

2 Tbsp. flour

2 Tbsp. butter

2 1/2 cups cream (or do what I do and do 1 cup cream and 1 1/2 cups milk)

1 pound pasta

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Salt and Pepper

Begin by making a roux as if you’re making the base for macaroni and cheese. And that is, melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the four and stir together until in thickens, about 1 – 2 minutes. Add the cream/milk mixture and bring to a simmer (not a boil). Stir with a whisk in order to fully combine the flour/butter with the cream mixture.

Meanwhile cook the pasta until al dente. When it’s ready, drain and put back into the pot.

When the milk mixture has thickened (about 5 minutes), add the lemon zest and juice of the lemons. Season with salt and pepper. Add the sauce to the pasta and mix to combine. Mix the cheese into the pasta and sauce. Taste the pasta to see if it needs more salt, pepper, lemon juice, or cheese. If it’s too thick for your liking, add a little more milk or lemon juice.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2011 10:51 pm

    Nice recipe! Think I’ll try it. Btw, you have a typo in first sentence. once you fix it, you can remove this sentence from my comment! 🙂

  2. April 14, 2011 4:18 am

    Can’t wait to try this! Looks delicious!

  3. April 14, 2011 4:38 am

    That looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

  4. April 14, 2011 4:44 am

    Sounds yummy!

  5. April 14, 2011 5:31 am

    Ummnn.. this looks AMAZING! I am trying to have less meat in my life but with a carnivore for a husband, it is tough. This he may like!

    I also do the half cream, half milk thing and I think it works out great — though I’m sure my husband would prefer all cream all the time. I will give this a try and let you know how it turns out.

  6. April 14, 2011 7:00 am

    Leah, ymmmmmmmm, you are making me hungry. It’s already 10:00 a.m. here and I can’t wait for lunch!!! Starving. Your pictures always look so good, sometimes I wish I could smell your dishes!!!

    • Leah permalink*
      April 16, 2011 8:58 pm

      That would be cool if there was a “smell” option. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

  7. April 14, 2011 9:16 am

    I’m fasting wheat at the moment, but this is one of the first recipes I want to try when I’m done!

    • Leah permalink*
      April 16, 2011 8:58 pm

      It’ll be a good “break the fast” meal. Enjoy!

  8. April 14, 2011 9:26 am

    Mmmmmm, the Lemon Pasta sounds incredible! I’m gonna have to taste this one 😀 How do Sophie and Bryan like it? Pearl’s twirl is right on when she says your pix are always beautiful. Very enticing and I think I could taste that lemon, too. Thanx for the recipe, Big Boo ❤

  9. April 14, 2011 11:39 am

    Okay, now I’m starving! Thanks, Leah. 🙂 Can’t wait to try it. always looking for new and intersting ways to cook pasta (my most favorite food group in tlhe world).

    • Leah permalink*
      April 16, 2011 8:57 pm

      Pasta is my all-time favorite food too. If I didn’t plan better, I’d literally eat it every night. It’s just so versatile. I hope the lemon pasta works well for you.

  10. April 16, 2011 7:49 pm

    Hey Leah,

    This looks scrumptious! I’ll have to try it!

    I am enjoying your blog and look forward to meeting you on the 29th!

    With Blessings,
    Kim

    • Leah permalink*
      April 16, 2011 8:51 pm

      Thanks, Kim. Glad you came by. I enjoy your blog too!

  11. April 18, 2011 3:18 pm

    Proof that sometimes the simplest things are the best! This looks and sounds fab. I love lemon in anything.

  12. April 19, 2011 2:25 pm

    Yum! Will do. I love lemons. Do you watch Giada’s show much? She cooks with lemons quite a bit, more than Barefoot. Have you ever made barefoot’s shrimp salad? The recipe uses fresh oj. it is SIMPLE and delicious.

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