Rating: 3.68 stars
102 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 6

This quickly made pasta dish relies on the tang of lemons with the richness of cream sauce for its flavor.

Everyday Food, November 2010

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prep:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot. Meanwhile, in a small pot, heat oil over medium. Add shallots, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 minutes. Add cream and lemon zest. Bring to a boil and cook until slightly thickened, 8 minutes. Add lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour cream sauce over pasta and toss, adding enough pasta water to create a thin sauce that coats pasta.

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Cook's Notes

If you like, add 1 cup fresh broccoli or frozen peas to the pasta just before it's done.

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Reviews (8)

102 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5.0 stars
12/21/2019
Easy to make and absolutely delicious! This has become a family favorite!
Rating: 5.0 stars
11/24/2019
Made as written and also with a bit of frozen pesto, a dash of red pepper and garlic-it’s so simple and delicious as is and a nice start to add your own twist. It’s a keeper. Great tossed with tortellini or over fish too!
Rating: Unrated
11/13/2019
How do you keep it from curdling after you add the lemon juice?
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2019
Light, creamy, tangy, delicious. Follow the recipe, you’re good.
Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2019
It's a delicious recipe. Being very rich, it's definitely just a once-in-a-while thing. Tastes great with grilled shrimp or chicken.
Rating: 1 stars
10/21/2018
Turned out terribly! Instead of using lemon, I used watermelon rind, and I ended up scalding the sauce to the bottom of the oven. Complete failure, and I can't believe they would publish this recipe!
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2013
Very, very good sauce. Rich and fresh. Not too mention fast and easy!
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2011
This is the easiest and most excellent change to a tomato sauce for pasta. Its wonderful as a light summer dish paired with broccoli and shrimp! Nothing to change its superb the way it is! Great with any kind of pasta too....EXCELLENT!