Browned Butter Lemon Pasta – A 15 Minute Meal


Browned Butter Lemon Pasta – the easiest dinner you’ll ever make! It’s deliciously rich and perfectly bright and zesty.

Yesterday I posted an Authentic Italian Meat Spaghetti Sauce so today I wanted to post a vegetarian Italian pasta dish. Trust me though you don’t need to be vegetarian to fully appreciate this pasta.

I didn’t know exactly what kind of pasta I wanted to make, and then I realized I had some lemons I needed to use up while they were still fresh. Also, browned butter is a great way to add flavor to simple dishes so I decided why not combine the lemon with some browned butter.

They seem as though they were made to go together. The great thing about this pasta is that it’s elegant, full of fresh flavor, incredibly simple and it can be made in 15 minutes. Have guests over and impress them with this delicious, flavorful pasta. No one needs to know how easy it was =). Enjoy!

Who knew almonds made such pretty little flowers…

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Browned Butter Lemon Pasta – A 15 Minute Meal

the easiest dinner you'll ever make! It's deliciously rich and perfectly bright and zesty.

Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely minced
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp lemon zest (use 1 for stronger lemon flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 8 oz spaghetti noodles , uncooked
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 oz freshly , finely grated Romano cheese (1/2 cup)
  • 8 fresh basil leaves , chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (toasted if desired)


  1. Cook pasta according to directions listed on package. Meanwhile, brown butter in a small saucepan (for a tutorial on how to properly brown butter, see link here), set aside. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir in garlic and lemon zest and saute until lightly golden. Stir in bread crumbs and toast, stirring constantly, until golden (they will toast quickly), remove from heat. Pour garlic mixture into brown butter mixture along with lemon juice, and whisk to combine. Once pasta has cooked through, drain well and return to pasta pot. Pour browned butter mixture over pasta, season with salt and pepper to taste (I'd recommend being somewhat generous with the pepper), add romano cheese, basil and almonds and toss mixture to evenly coat. Serve warm (note that the lemon flavors will tone down and blend in after pasta has rested just a few minutes).
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Browned Butter Pasta, Lemon Pasta
Author: Jaclyn


  • Barb pericho: Very good will make it again February 3, 2017 at 5:35am Reply

  • Peter: Browned butter is also delicious in chocolate chip cookies. Have you ever tried it Jaclyn? March 4, 2015 at 4:55am Reply

  • Elise: This was so good!! I absolutely loved it, and as a college student, I am thrilled to have a new, quick recipe to cook on busy nights. :) Thanks for sharing. July 11, 2013 at 3:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That’s great to hear Elise – I’m so glad you like this! Thanks for your comment! July 12, 2013 at 10:54pm Reply

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  • Colleeeen: This was so stinking fantastic my husband said “this is so good I’m not even going to put any hot sauce on it”. If you knew him, you would know this is the equivalent of a James Beard Award. March 4, 2013 at 6:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha Colleen that is so great! He and I definitely share a similar taste in food, I live on hot sauce. I crave it every day. I’m so glad he enjoyed this pasta =). Thanks for your comment! March 4, 2013 at 12:35pm Reply

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