This lemon butter garlic pasta sauce is the quickest, most delicious lunch to try on a busy day. Bursting with lemon flavour, this pasta al limone is also garlicky and naturally creamy at the same time!

Prep Time5 minutes

Cook Time10 minutes

Total Time15 minutes


  • 300 g (10.5 oz) linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 40 g (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 50 g (½ cup) grated Parmesan (or veggie hard Italian cheese)
  • A handful freshly chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta al dente in salted water according to the instructions on the package. Reserve 1-2 cups of pasta water before draining.
  1. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pan or Dutch oven and melt the butter in it over low-medium heat.
  2. Stir in the garlic and red chilli flakes and cook for 1-2 minutes until the garlic changes its colour, careful not to burn it.
  3. Transfer the cooked pasta to the pan and toss well with a pair of kitchen tongs to cover it in the butter sauce. Add a splash of pasta water if it looks too thick.
  4. Stir in the lemon zest and juice, then add the Parmesan and toss well to combine.
  5. Add the chopped parsley, season to taste and serve immediately, topped with additioanl grated cheese and lemon zest if you like.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 314mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g