Lemon Basil Parmesan Pasta

12 Jan


Words to describe this pasta: fresh, lemony, cheesy, delicious, and fresh again!



1 box of pasta
1/2 stick butter, melted
2-3 lemons
1 1/2 cup half-and-half (can substitute heavy cream for some portion of this if you want a creamier, richer sauce)
1 cup to 1 1/2 cups grated cheese (parmesan and/or mozerlla) use more cheese if you like it cheesy!
salt and pepper, to taste
2 garlic cloves, crushed/chopped, add more to taste
a handful or 2 of fresh basil leaves, chopped

Cook pasta as directed. While pasta is cooking begin to melt butter in pan over medium heat. Cut your lemons in half and squeeze in the juice of 2 to 3 lemons. If you don’t want an overpowering lemon taste, start with 2 lemons, than taste and add more lemon if desired. Add the half-and-half or cream, salt and pepper, and garlic, whisk until hot. Stir in the cheese and whisk until melted. Drain pasta. Pour sauce over pasta, add the basil and mix into the pasta. Enjoy!

Tip- If you do happen to add too much lemon, you can try adding sugar to the sauce to help cancel out some of the sourness.



Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

What’s on our menu this week? Asian chicken lettuce wraps, calzones, mom’s spanish rice, and kielbasa, potatoes and pepper bake!

Linking up to these parties.


30 Responses to “Lemon Basil Parmesan Pasta”

  1. Jeni Verdery (@Igotthismartha) January 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    YUMMY! Lemon and basil are the perfect combination!

  2. Walking On Sunshine Recipes January 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    What an amazing looking pasta dish! Thank you for joining Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

  3. Vicky from Mess For Less January 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to try lemon with pasta.and this looks like a great recipe!

  4. Susan January 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    This looks really good! Pinned it!

  5. Jeanie January 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    This looks sooo good! Pasta, chicken, basil…what’s not to love! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Winelady Cooks January 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Your pasta dish looks so delicious and easy to prepare. Thanks so much for sharing it on Foodie Friends Friday.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

  7. Krista@EverydayMom'sMeals January 13, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    You had me at lemon! Love it! And of course, pasta is my favorite food. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon !

  8. Janine Huldie January 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    My husband loves lemon and butter sauce on pasta, so I am so going to try this for him. Following over from Raising Imperfection Link-up!!

  9. Lanaya January 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    This looks amazing! I love basil. It’s one of my favorites. Definitely a must try! Pinning too!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection!
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)
    Good luck!


  10. Leslie January 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Oh my goodness, this looks delicious and tasty! I need to try this recipe.

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.

  11. Robin January 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Beth, this looks really Yummy!!!

  12. jillinamillion January 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    Sounds tasty!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  13. agenerose06 January 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    OH EM GEE – this sounds amazing! Thanks for making it so easy to plan my meals this week :)


  14. Diana Rambles January 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Looks amazing!

  15. epears January 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Yummy! You make it look so easy thanks for sharing


  16. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen January 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Oh this looks so fresh and pleasing right now while it is so cold out! Thanks for linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  17. creativejewishmom/sara January 15, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    looks delicious, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  18. Stitchwerx Design January 15, 2013 at 6:34 am #

    Looks quite delicious! I’m making it this week! Thanks for posting!

  19. memoriesbythemile January 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    This looks so delicious, thank you for sharing it on Memories by the Mile. Your pictures are so good.
    Wanda Ann

  20. Robin January 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    I love anything that has fresh basil and the lemon is a nice bonus for my taste buds. Thank you for sharing this on Fluster’s Muster Party.

    Hugs & Smiles


  21. Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse January 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    This looks so good! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House! Hope to see your prettiness at the bash tomorrow. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  22. Christine January 22, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Beth, that looks DELICIOUS!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening! :)

  23. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime January 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    That pasta looks so delicious!! I’ll have to make this sometime. I’m so glad you shared at Romance on a dime.


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