Creamy Lemon Pasta

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After our trip to Italy last year, my palate for Italian food changed. Taste is paramount, but instead of overthinking and adding the most obscure of ingredients, the focus was on quality, local foods.

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Creamy Lemon Pasta is an easy 20-minute dish using lemon, asparagus and one secret ingredient to give the cream sauce pizzazz.

For any pasta recipe that means using a high caliber pasta like Garofalo®. Based in Gragnano, Italy, it is the longest and oldest operating pastificio and also its namesake.

Fact: Pastifico is the official name of a pasta factory.

Much like fine wines, Garofalo meets strict production requirements called IGP (Identificazione Geografica Proetta) to prove that it is indeed manufactured in the coveted pasta production region.

bags of dry pasta

Garofalo is Non-GMO certified and comes in a variety of short and long cuts as well whole wheat, gluten-free and specialty cuts.

For my Creamy Lemon Pasta, I prefer a long cut like fettuccine, spaghetti, bucatini or linguine, but you can use your favorite shape. Farfalle or fusilli are also fun and hold onto the decadent cream sauce well.

A close up of pasta

The cream sauce for this dish is a cross between traditional alfredo and mac and cheese sauce using a simple blond roux compounded with a touch of Dijon mustard and lemon zest.

skillet with pasta cream sauce

Dijon mustard is non-traditional, but adds a punch of unexpected flavor that your friends and family will rave about, but can’t “put their finger on.” It is one of my favorite tricks for spicing up basic cream sauces.

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Cream and Sauce

Whisk with heavy cream and lemon juice for the perfect velvety sauce that gives loads of flavor but isn’t overly heavy.

close up of lemon pasta with asparagus

Creamy Lemon Pasta functions as a side dish or even vegetarian entrée. If you wanted to make it a full meal for all you can add grilled shrimp, seared scallops or even grilled chicken.

PRO TIP: Lemon zest will further enhance any dish that calls for fresh lemon juice. Use fresh lemon juice instead of bottled whenever possible, as citrus juice starts to lose its potency the moment it is squeezed.

Although the Italians would tell you that mixing seafood with any dairy is strictly prohibited.

A dish is filled with pasta and asparagus

While I like the freshness of crisp asparagus spears and simplicity of the sauce, you can also add other delicious flavors such as:

  • Sweet peas
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Wilted spinach
  • Crispy prosciutto
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Sautéed leeks
  • Roasted garlic
  • Charred scallions
  • Caramelized onions

If you are cooking for a crowd, you can even set up a pasta bar with all the toppings in separate bowls, allowing for guests to make their own!

A close up of pasta

The lemony cream sauce will pair with nearly anything.

cooked pasta on a spoon

Feel free to add grilled chicken, shrimp, seared scallops or even a nice pan fried steak.

Here are a few more pasta recipes to use with Garofalo Pasta:

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Spinach Pan Fried Gnocchi

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One Pot Chicken Bruschetta Pasta Recipe

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One Pot Chicken Bruschetta Pasta is uses only one dish and a handful of ingredients to make dinner for the whole family. Tomatoes, fennel, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese make this a winning dish! 
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close up of lemon pasta with asparagus

Creamy Lemon Pasta

4.31 from 13 votes
Creamy Lemon Pasta is an easy 20-minute dish using lemon, asparagus and one secret ingredient to give the cream sauce pizzazz.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6




  • Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat tablespoon butter in a large frying pan or cast-iron skillet. Add trimmed and cut asparagus pieces.
  • Sauté for 2-3 minutes or until they turn a vibrant green and start soften, but still have a slight snap.
  • Remove from asparagus from pan, set aside.
  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter to sauce, melt over medium heat.
  • Reduce to low heat and whisk with flour, Dijon mustard and lemon zest until it forms a paste. Mixture will be small, but fragrant.
  • While whisking, add fresh lemon juice and heavy cream.
  • Toss al dente pasta, cooked asparagus and coarsely chopped walnuts with lemon cream sauce.
  • Top with Parmesan cheese, freshly ground black pepper and Maldon sea salt, if desired.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!


Calories: 488 kcal, Carbohydrates: 60 g, Protein: 12 g, Fat: 22 g, Saturated Fat: 10 g, Cholesterol: 51 mg, Sodium: 68 mg, Potassium: 234 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 3 g, Vitamin A: 574 IU, Vitamin C: 3 mg, Calcium: 45 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Calories: 488
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: creamy pasta, easy pasta recipes
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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is a real keeper for a special occasion meal! I have made it several times already. Add chicken or scallops and it is a complete meal all in one dish. That makes me happy.

  2. 5 stars
    Loving the addition of asparagus and nuts! Really refines the dish and makes it feel more elegant.

  3. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Served this for dinner and it has quickly become a family favorite recipe! Can’t wait to have this again later this week!