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


  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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