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Lemon Garlic Pasta (One Pot Recipe)


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This easy one pot lemon garlic pasta is a simple weeknight meal that’s ready in 30 minutes. This lemon pasta is packed with lemon juice and lemon zest.

This one pot lemon garlic pasta needs to be your DINNER tonight, especially if you are short on time!

It’s made with the most BASIC ingredients that you already have in your pantry.

You throw all the ingredients in ONE pot, cook for 20-25 minutes and have the most zesty pasta ever!

The wonderful lemon flavor makes this a great meal to make during Summer time.

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The lemon flavor comes from TWO sources:

  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest

You can even add some shredded rotisserie chicken or some stir fried shrimp in this recipe and make it even more delicious!

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I also like to add some herbs to really really enhance the flavor in this meal.

Here are some HERBS you can add:

  • Cilantro
  • Parsely
  • Basil
  • Thyme

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If you liked this recipe, you may like some of these other easy dinner recipes:

One pot taco pasta

One pot spaghetti and meatballs

One pot healthy fettuccine alfredo

Slow cooker easy chicken alfredo

Shredded chicken tacos

Slow cooker pineapple chicken

4.34 from 3 votes

Lemon Garlic Pasta (One Pot Recipe)

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This easy one pot lemon garlic pasta is a simple weeknight meal that's ready in 30 minutes. This lemon pasta is packed with lemon juice and lemon zest. 

Servings: 5 people
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Calories: 527 kcal


  • 1/4 cup butter unsalted
  • 1 tbsp garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger finely grated
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 16 oz spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese full fat
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp cilantro or parsley roughly chopped


  1. In a nonstick pan, add butter, ginger and garlic and cook on medium heat until fragrant. 

  2. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper, water and mix everything together. 

  3. Add the spaghetti and mix again. 

  4. Cook without lid on medium heat until the water is almost evaporated. Make sure to stir often or else the pasta might stick to the pan.

  5. When pasta is almost cooked, add cream cheese and mix together. 

  6. Remove pan from the heat and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. 

  7. Garnish with cilantro/ parsley and some lemon slices. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • If the pasta is not cooked through, add a little more water and cook for a bit longer. 
  • Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. They can be reheated in the microwave. 
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Garlic Pasta (One Pot Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 527 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 276mg 12%
Potassium 246mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 70g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 8.2%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

8 comments on “Lemon Garlic Pasta (One Pot Recipe)”

  1. This was very delicious. It tastes so lovely and light. I will make this again, but as a side dish with chicken and vegetables.

  2. This looks delicious. I want to make it. But, REALLY? You don’t have to cook the pasta first? I thought pasta ALWAYS had to be cooked in boiling water before using in a recipe. If not, this is huge! Can I use another pasta besides spaghetti?

    • That’s why I love this recipe so much. Everything comes together in one wide pot. As for the type of pasta that is used, the amount of water quantity would have to be adjusted if you use whole wheat pasta or a different style of pasta. I just use traditional pasta in this recipe.

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