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Lemon Pasta with Browned Butter Sauce

Easy lemon pasta recipe with delicious brown butter sauce. This flavorful pasta dish only has 5 ingredients and can be on the table in 30 minutes.

Course Dinner, pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword lemon, parmesan, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 7
Calories 377 kcal


  • 1 lb uncooked rigatoni noodles
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup salted butter (or unsalted butter with extra ¼ tsp sea salt)
  • 1 large lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 oz freshly grated parmesan


  1. Pour the pasta in boiling water. Add a couple shakes of salt to water. Start browning butter at the same time you add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook the butter over medium high heat until it starts to foam and the mixture browns. Add in the lemon zest and a few twists of freshly ground pepper to the browned butter. Cook the pasta until 2 minutes from al dente.

  2. Remove 1 cup of the starchy water from the pasta pot and add it to the browned butter mixture and continue to cook for a few minutes for it to reduce until it has thickened slightly. At this point, stir in the freshly squeezed lemon juice and parmesan cheese, until combined.

  3. Strain the pasta and add to the browned butter mixture in the large saute pan. Stir for a few minutes until the pasta is evenly covered with the sauce.

  4. Serve with a few more twists of freshly ground pepper and parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Pasta with Browned Butter Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 377 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 185mg8%
Potassium 166mg5%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Calcium 69mg7%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Vitamin A 437IU9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.