Vermicelli with Lemon Cream Sauce

My daughter likes tart and lemony things so I created this lemon cream sauce for pasta which is ready in mere minutes if you're using vermicelli. Adjust lemon juice and zest quantities to your liking.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
2 servings


  • ½ (8 ounce) package vermicelli pasta

  • 1 large organic lemon

  • ¾ cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon instant vegetable bouillon granules

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped, or more to taste


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in vermicelli pasta and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender yet firm to the bite, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, wash lemon under hot water and dry. Use a microplane to grate off the zest of half the lemon. Juice the entire lemon.

  3. Heat cream over low heat in a pot until hot, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon zest. Add lemon juice, a little at a time, while stirring constantly. Season with vegetable bouillon granules, salt, and pepper and remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly.

  4. Mix egg yolks with 2 tablespoons hot lemon cream and stir until well combined. Return sauce to the stove and stir in egg yolk mixture. Heat but do not allow to boil otherwise the egg will set. Mix in basil.

  5. Drain verimicelli and add to sauce. Mix, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

575 Calories
39g Fat
50g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 575
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 22g 112%
Cholesterol 327mg 109%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 44mg 220%
Calcium 128mg 10%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 277mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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