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Lemon Pepper Pasta garnished with lemon zest and parsley

Lemon Pepper Pasta

In this lemon pepper pasta, fettuccine noodles are combined with a delicious lemon pepper sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy pasta dinners
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 432kcal


  • 1 pound Linguine cooked to package directions for al dente
  • 2 tablespoons plus ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt divided
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove grated or minced
  • ¼ cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper or to taste
  • ¼ cup Pasta Cooking Water
  • 3 tablespoons Parsley chopped
  • Parmesan Cheese for serving


  • ​Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 2 tablespoons of salt and the linguine. Stir the pasta frequently for the first few minutes of cooking time. Cook the pasta to package directions for al dente.
  • While the pasta cooks: Heat a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and the butter. Heat until the butter is melted and foamy.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and add the garlic. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Lower the heat to low and add the lemon juice, lemon zest, ¼ teaspoon of salt and the fresh ground pepper to the skillet. Stir to combine the ingredients well and cook gently for another minute or two.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside until the pasta is done and drained.
  • Before draining the pasta, reserve about ¼ cup of the pasta cooking water.
  • Drain the pasta completely, and return it to the pot. Toss the pasta with the lemon sauce, reserved cooking water and the parsley.
  • Serve the lemon pepper pasta with extra black pepper and Parmesan cheese.


used 3 medium lemons and was able to squeeze the ¼ cup of juice. These lemons were juicy, sometimes they're a little dry, use more or less as needed. Use more or less pepper, to taste. I only added about a ¼ teaspoon to the pasta and then served the dish with black pepper on the side so the adults could spice it up and my son was happy too.


Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.2mg