Browned Butter Lemon Pasta – A 15 Minute Meal


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…


Browned Butter Lemon Pasta – A 15 Minute Meal

Yield: 3-4 Servings


  • 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


  • Patricia @ ButterYum: Oh yes, this looks fabulous. Love your addition of Italian bread crumbs. I posted a lemon pasta recipe a while ago – not quite the same as yours, but very good. Feel free to stop by and have a look. July 21, 2012 at 2:45pm Reply

  • Michelle C: this looks delicious and sounds so simple to make! I love pasta. I am definitely trying this.

    Michelle July 21, 2012 at 8:00pm Reply

  • Angie’s Recipes: Quick and delicious…what more could you ask for! July 21, 2012 at 9:28pm Reply

  • Jenn: I was searching the web today for a few different recipes and twice I was brought to your site! You take some of the most gorgeous pictures I have ever seen! I’m a new follower. July 21, 2012 at 10:15pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Love the flavors, and that it’s also so quick to make. This will come in so handy during the work week! July 21, 2012 at 11:14pm Reply

  • Raquel Mendes: So trying this, YUM! X July 22, 2012 at 5:39pm Reply

  • Ellie Chong: My lunch today. This looks like a great dish when you don’t have a lot of groceries to use (fits my situation perfectly). July 23, 2012 at 8:50am Reply

  • Sue/the view from great island: This is the way to go in the summer, lemon livens up pasta, and this is so simple, I feel healthier just looking at it! July 23, 2012 at 9:04am Reply

  • Chiropractor St Charles: Love the combination of flavors!!! A perfect meal for little cooking time! July 23, 2012 at 1:06pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Jenn – I’m happy to have a new follower and that’s so nice of you to say about my pics, thanks =)!
    Thanks everyone for your comments. Hope you get to make this soon. July 23, 2012 at 7:07pm Reply

  • marla: Would love to dive into a bowl of this pasta! July 24, 2012 at 4:18am Reply

  • Danielle:): Thank you so much for this! I am very new to your blog (I just saw it this Monday). I made this dish for dinner Monday night and was loving it. My bf also enjoyed it a lot. and the biggest food critic, my 1-year old niece really liked this dish. I am very new to cooking, and this was easy…even for me. I am shocked I pulled it off.

    So thank you! I will be using more of your great recipe. July 25, 2012 at 10:37am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Danielle – your very welcome! I’m so glad to hear you, your bf and niece enjoyed =). That’s one thing I love about this dish, it’s flavors are simple enough for kids yet delicious enough for adults. I hope you do try more of my recipes. Thanks for your comment! July 25, 2012 at 2:10pm Reply

  • Angela @ AnotherBitePlease: Just made this tonight for dinner…and it is so good and bonus that so easy to make! Love your pictures! July 25, 2012 at 7:48pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Angela – I’m happy to hear you liked this recipe! I love how easy it is too. When in a crunch for time to prepare dinner this makes a great go to meal because it’s quick yet delish. Why sacrifice flavor just because your in a rush right? Thanks for the compliment about the pics =). July 25, 2012 at 9:55pm Reply

  • Scott & Christie: I’ve never commented before, but I am a huge fan of your posts Jaclyn! And your talent with photography blows me away. July 31, 2012 at 5:54pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Scott/Christie – thanks that’s really so nice of you to say =)!! I’ve got a ton to learn about food photography but it’s fun to learn as I go. Thanks so much for your comment! July 31, 2012 at 8:45pm Reply

  • 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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  • 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

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

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

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