Browned Butter Lemon Pasta – A 15 Minute Meal

July 21, 2012

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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…

5 from 2 votes

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
Prep10 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Ready in: 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)


  • 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).
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 =).

  • Angela @ AnotherBitePlease

    Just made this tonight for dinner…and it is so good and bonus that so easy to make! Love your pictures!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.