The easiest homemade lemon cream sauce tossed with pasta you will ever find. The sauce itself is infused with lemon juice, heavy cream, and minced garlic.
This has to be one of Kim's favorite dishes. It's creamy, salty, and slightly tart.
The best part about the pasta dish is the overall simplicity. Truth be told, the dry noodles take longer to cook than the pan sauce.
There's only one tricky part, keeping the sauce from breaking. If you follow us then you know breaking a sauce in my kitchen is a cardinal sin.
I can understand keeping that beautifully creamy texture and taste can be a challenge, but as they say, practice makes perfect. For people who are new to cooking, I will provide some tips below.
For know, let's get this recipe going!
Lemon Cream Sauce Instructions:
First, pick out your favorite pasta and cook it per the box instructions and set the noodles aside. When picking a noodle for my lemon cream sauce, I choose a short pasta with a lot of nooks and crannies or a long noodle with a lot of surface area.
Basically, you want a pasta noodle that gives the sauce plenty of space to grab hold of and stick. Next, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil and garlic, and saute the garlic for about 3 minutes.
You may notice, I used a saute pan, that's okay too. Either way, give the pan a minute or two to warm up before adding the olive oil and garlic.
Most importantly, do not let the garlic burn. It gets bitter and has a terrible texture on the tongue.
After that, add the heavy cream and stir the sauce well to combine everything while heating the cream until it's hot. But do NOT let it come to a boil.
If your heavy cream mixture looks like mine below, don't panic. Just use a whisk to briskly combine the cream and oil.
Now, add the salt and pepper to the pan. Do a quick taste test and add more of the seasonings if you desire.
Then, add the lemon juice and remove the pan from the heat. The sauce will thicken quickly.
I don't know the chemistry behind it, but lemon juice seems to thicken cream in a matter seconds, so there's no need for cornstarch or a roux.
Last, toss the sauce with your cooked pasta and garnish with fresh basil and Parmesan if you want. Or toss in some spinach for creamy spinach lemon pasta.
Serve the dish immediately, as I do not recommend storing it.
Cream Sauce Tips:
When you first start cooking cream sauces, it's best to start on a medium-low to low heat setting so you can keep an eye on the cream. If it comes to a boil, you can pretty much kiss the sauce goodbye.
There will be little white beads of fat in the sauce. For this recipe. once you start to see thin wisps of steam coming off the cream, it's done.
Quickly remove it from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Try using fresh ingredients when working with cream sauces.
For tomato sauces, canned and dry ingredients are fine because the pasta sauces aren't typically as delicate as heavy cream.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 8 ounces short pasta, uncooked; We used rotini.
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 ounces heavy cream
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons fresh basil
- First, cook the pasta per the box instructions and set aside.8 ounces short pasta
- Next, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the olive and garlic, saute for about 3 minutes.4 garlic cloves1 tablespoon olive oil
- After that, add the cream and stir the sauce to combine while heating the cream until it hot. But NOT boiling.8 ounces heavy cream
- Now, add the salt and pepper and do a quick taste test and add more if you desire.¼ teaspoon kosher salt⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Then, add the lemon juice and remove the pan from the heat. The sauce will thicken quickly.¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Last, toss the sauce with pasta and garnish with fresh basil. Serve immediately.4 tablespoons fresh basil