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gray bowl with lemon garlic basil pasta. lemon and basil leaves used as garnish on plate

One Pan Lemon and Garlic Pasta

Marni Katz
This one pan lemon pasta is totally customizable to your family’s taste.  And because the whole dish is made in just one pan
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 640 kcal


  • 1 16 oz box of spaghetti
  • ¼ cup of butter ½ stick
  • 3 cubes frozen garlic
  • 2 lemons zested and juiced
  • 4 cups of water
  • ¾ cups Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Add water, pasta, butter, frozen garlic, frozen basil, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper to a large sauté pan.
  • Bring to a rapid boil
  • Once rapidly boiling, reduce heat to medium (should still be boiling gently) and cook until water is almost completely evaporated.  Stir frequently to prevent sticking.
  • If pasta is not quite cooked and water is nearly gone, add a bit more hot water to the pan (I start at ¼ cup).
  • Once pasta is cooked through and just a small bit of water remains, turn off the heat and add the Parmesan cheese. Mix until it's well incorporated into the pasta.
  • Serve immediately with another sprinkle of cheese, spritz of lemon and turn of black pepper.


You'll want to use a large straight sided pan for this recipe.  Something like this 5 quart saute pan.  You just want enough room for mixing without spilling.


Calories: 640kcalCarbohydrates: 96gProtein: 23gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 422mgPotassium: 360mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 527IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 274mgIron: 2mg
Keyword easy pasta bake, garlic pasta, one pan meal
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