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One Pot Lemon Basil Pasta

This crowd pleasing one-pot pasta recipe is my go-to when I want to step my dinner game.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, lemon, pasta, spaghetti
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp salted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ Tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 lemons juice and zest
  • 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano reserve ¼ C for garnish
  • 1 handful flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 1 handful basil chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup pasta water
  • salt to taste


  • In a large pot, bring water to boil and cook spaghetti until al dente (about 7 minutes).
  • Drain pasta and set aside. Don't forget to reserve your pasta water.
  • In the same large pot over medium heat add olive oil, butter, garlic and red pepper flakes for about 3 minutes. This lets the garlic and red pepper really infuse into the oil.
  • Add lemon juice, pasta water, and cream and bring to a low boil for about 2 minutes,
  • Reduce heat to low and add ¾ cup of Parmigiano Reggiano and lemon zest to sauce.
  • Remove pot from heat and add spaghetti and let it absorb the sauce for a few minutes.
  • Garnish with basil, parsley, and remaining cheese.