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Creamy Lemon Basil Pasta Recipe

This creamy lemon basil pasta is a fresh and tangy explosion of flavor. Perfect for a summer lunch or to bring summer into the dark winter months. This easy pasta dish has a creamy and luscious sauce, that tastes comforting yet still tasting fresh and summery. AND it takes under 10 minutes to make, with just 4 basic ingredients (plus salt and pepper). Serve it on its own or add shrimp or grilled chicken. Serve it as a side to your BBQ steak or add some white beans or some fresh summer tomato!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 538kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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  • 12 oz pasta
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves a large handfull
  • Salt and pepper
  • Basil - for garnish
  • Parmesan - for garnish


To cook the pasta

  • Bring a large pan of water to the boil and then add a generous amount of salt.
  • Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
  • Reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain the pasta.

Whilst the pasta is cooking

  • Zest the lemons into a small bowl and then squeeze the juice into a measuring cup.
  • When your pasta is about 3 minutes from being cooked pour the heavy cream into a pan. Add the lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the cream over medium heat for about 2 minutes until it comes to a simmer.
  • Pour the cream mixture over the drained pasta, stir well then add the lemon juice. Stir to ensure the pasta is evenly coated and then cook over medium-low heat for a minute until everything is glossy and coated in the sauce.
  • Add a splash of the pasta cooking water to thin the sauce as needed.
  • Stir the basil through the pasta and serve.
  • Parmesan is optional but good!


Calories: 538kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1190IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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