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Weeknight Lemon Basil Pasta

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Simplify your weeknight dinner with this quick pasta dish. A tangy cream sauce flavored with lemon basil seasonings. Perfect for a busy evening!

As you all know, we love easy recipes. Our lemon basil pasta is effortless to prepare and scrumptious to devour.

In less than an hour, you can have a filling, warm dinner on the table.

The dish is loaded with lemon basil flavor. We decided to go with fresh ingredients for this offering.

Also, we used sea salt instead of table salt. If you substitute any of these ingredients, you may get different results.

Now, let’s get started.

A simple pasta sauce made with heavy cream, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, ground black pepper, and fresh basil. Served over a bed of spaghetti.

Listed below are the instructions form the recipe card. We hope whipping up this lemon basil pasta is a piece of cake for you.

Also, check out our one of other great pasta recipes!

Instructions for Lemon Basil Pasta:

First, prepare the pasta per the package instructions. Additionally, you can add a little extra salt to the water for flavor.

While the pasta cooks, juice a fresh lemon and chop the basil. Chopping the basil is optional.

A simple pasta sauce made with heavy cream, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, ground black pepper, and fresh basil. Served over a bed of spaghetti.

Next, when the pasta is done, drain it and set it aside in a mixing bowl.

Now, rinse and wipe out the same pot to use for your sauce.

A simple pasta sauce made with heavy cream, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, ground black pepper, and fresh basil. Served over a bed of spaghetti.

Then, on medium-low heat, slowly heat the heavy cream and basil until it steams (approximately 10 to 12 minutes).

However, don’t let it come to a boil or it will break.

A simple pasta sauce made with heavy cream, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, ground black pepper, and fresh basil. Served over a bed of spaghetti.

Last, add the lemon juice to the basil cream sauce. Stir in the salt and pepper as the sauce thickens.

You can remove it from the heat because the lemon juice will react to the cream and thicken it naturally.

Add the pasta back to the pot and toss it until it’s evenly coated. Serve while hot.

For a complete meal, try adding our vegetarian egg rolls. It’s the perfect way to jazz up your pasta night!

A simple pasta sauce made with heavy cream, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, ground black pepper, and fresh basil. Served over a bed of spaghetti.

Looking for another simple weeknight dinner? Then try our garlic butter sauce for pasta!

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Close up of pasta with lemon basil cream sauce and purple and yellow flowers in the background.

Weeknight Lemon Basil Pasta

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A simple pasta sauce made with heavy cream, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, ground black pepper, and fresh basil. Served over a bed of spaghetti.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Spaghetti, (or similar pasta)
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil, (whole or chopped)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice, (fresh squeezed preferred)
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt, (to taste)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper, (to taste)

Instructions

  1. First, prepare the pasta per the package instructions. Add a little extra salt to the water for flavor. While the pasta cooks, juice a fresh lemon and chop the basil. Chopping the basil is optional.
  2. Next, when the pasta is done, drain it and set it aside in a mixing bowl. Rinse and wipe out the same pot to use for your sauce.
  3. Then, on medium-low heat, slowly heat the heavy cream and basil until it steams (approximately 10 to 12 minutes). Don't let it come to a boil or it will break. 
  4. Last, add the lemon juice to the basil cream sauce. Stir in the salt and pepper as the sauce thickens. You can remove it from the heat because the lemon juice will react to the cream and thicken it naturally. Add the pasta back to the pot and toss it until it's evenly coated. Serve while hot.

Notes

The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients. Actual calories may vary. The dish can be stored in a sealed container in your fridge for up to 48 hours. Serve with shredded parmesan cheese.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 g
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 417Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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