Perfect Lemon Pasta

The perfect lemon pasta served in a colorful bowl reminds us of dinner in Italy


One of our favorite things about the Amalfi Coast is the abundance of lemons. They are everywhere, and they are huge! We needed a simple weeknight dinner last week and had lemons and egg pasta on hand, so we put together this quick pasta dish inspired by a lemon pasta we had on our trip.

You need very few ingredients for this. Use an egg tagliatelle (we used this one), and either heavy cream or a combination of half-and-half and butter. It needs to have enough milk fat to prevent curdling. We had half-and-half on hand, and I added 1/4 cup of buffalo milk butter. You’ll need a large stock pot, a wide skillet (we used this one), and it helps to have a flat whisk like this one for stirring the sauce.


The Taste Edit serves this perfect lemon pasta for dinner


We served our lemon pasta in a blue and white bowl, along with a simple salad, freshly grated Grana Padano cheese (c/o), and a crisp white wine. For summer pastas and salads we also love thisthis, and this serving bowl, and these low bowls.

Perfect Lemon Pasta
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lemon zest, if desired
  • Grana Padano Cheese, freshly grated
  • Egg tagliatelle
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Bring a stockpot of water to boil and heavily salt it. It should taste like the ocean. Drop in the tagliatelle and set a timer for four minutes, or one minute less than the package instructions.
  2. As soon as you've added the pasta to the water, heat the half and half and butter in a wide skillet. While whisking constantly, add the lemon juice and continue whisking so that it does not curdle. If you want a bolder lemon flavor, you can add a little lemon zest.
  3. When the timer for the pasta goes off, the lemon sauce should be hot. Move the pasta into the skillet of lemon sauce, with a splash of pasta water, and simmer for one minute, or until the pasta is perfectly cooked. Add a generous amount of freshly grated Grana Padano and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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