15 Vibrant Lemon Pasta Recipes
Lemon — whether juice or zest — adds bright, zippy flavor to mild and hearty pasta dishes. And in the summertime, it makes a refreshing alternative to heavy meat sauces. From creamy lemon pasta dishes to lemon pasta with chicken or shrimp, these fresh, citrusy lemon pasta recipes don't skimp on flavor.
Linguine with Seafood and Sundried Tomatoes
Lemon is an excellent pairing for seafood because it brightens its mild flavor and balances any lingering "fishy" taste. In this restaurant-quality dish, linguine is tossed in a creamy garlic-butter sauce, along with tomatoes, lemon zest, parsley, scallops, and shrimp.
Bow Tie Pasta with Broccoli, Garlic, and Lemon
Lemon Parmesan Spaghetti
Lemon Butter Herb Pasta
For a light dinner or flavorful side dish, this lemon butter pasta comes together in just 30 minutes. For even more flavor, try substituting fresh herbs for dried.
Chicken Lemon Linguine
Last-Minute Lemon Spaghetti and Shrimp
Creamy Ricotta Pasta Sauce
A rich and creamy pesto-ricotta pasta sauce is complemented by the addition of fresh lemon zest. This recipe is intended to be served with orecchiette, but you can use any type of pasta that holds a lot of sauce.
Fettuccine with Lemon-Garlic Shrimp
A thick, cheesy sauce makes a decadent accompaniment for shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, and fettuccine. But looks are deceiving — this recipe only takes 35 minutes to make.
Chicken Piccata with Fettuccine
In this favorite Italian dish, chicken is dredged in a flour and lemon pepper mixture, browned, and served over fettuccine with a buttery lemon and caper sauce. Recipe creator Kate says linguine can be used in place of fettuccine, and turkey breast tenderloins can be used in place of chicken.
Easy Lemon-Shrimp Pasta
Mediterranean Tuna Capellini
In this Mediterranean-inspired dish, capellini pasta, flaked tuna, and cannellini beans are tossed in a lemony-Parmesan sauce. Meanwhile, crushed red pepper adds an unexpected kick.
Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta
You'll want to add this one-pot lemon chicken pasta to your weeknight dinner rotation ASAP. "I just added a little extra lemon juice and lemon zest as there's no point in wasting the zest when you're already using fresh lemons," suggests reviewer dianajanssen.
Lemon-Pepper Chicken Pasta
Lemon Pasta with Shrimp
Skillet Gnocchi Primavera with Lemon Cream Sauce
Put fresh summer veggies on display in this gnocchi tossed in lemon cream sauce. The fact that it all comes together in one skillet is just a bonus.