Lemon Basil Pasta

LAST UPDATED: Apr 16, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Apr 16, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

This easy Lemon Basil Pasta recipe is quick enough for a weeknight dinner, but tastes special for date night!

bowl of pasta with gold fork and lemon in background

There’s nothing that I love more than a fresh, home cooked meal that isn’t time consuming. As the girls get a little older, I find myself busier than ever trying to keep up with school, parental responsibilities and finding time for a little fun in between.

This time of year, I find myself making this easy Lemon Basil Pasta.

It’s light, refreshing and everyone enjoys it. Even better, I can make it from start to finish in about 15 minutes including time to chop basil and grate fresh parmesan!

I first made my Lemon Basil Pasta one evening after a long day when we didn’t want to go anywhere, but we had very little at home – just staples and some leftover basil.

White surface, clear glass jar full of fresh cut basil stems.

Out of fear I’d have to get out of my yoga pants, I whipped up a batch of my homemade pasta while throwing a few ingredients together and hoping for the best. You can also try this with my homemade egg noodles – I promise you won’t regret it! 

Butter, garlic, white wine and why not try a little lemon juice? I garnished with fresh basil and parmesan (which is a staple in our home) and from that one of our favorite new recipes was born! It’s the perfect spring and summer pasta recipe so you can spend more time doing what you enjoy outdoors.

white bowl of lemon basil pasta with a gold fork

Lemon Basil Pasta Ingredients

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your preference.
  • Minced Garlic – Freshly minced or from a jar in the produce section of your grocer.
  • Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed or store bought (in produce section and juice aisle, will say 100% lemon juice).
  • White Wine – Use your favorite, whatever you have on hand or white cooking wine. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio all work well.
  • Basil – Fresh, sliced in thin strips.
  • Parmesan – Fresh shavings of parmesan.
  • Pasta – Use your favorite noodle or make your own egg noodles! It also pairs well with Arugula Pasta

Variations

bowl of pasta topped with basil and parmesan lemon in the background

How to Make Lemon Basil Pasta

  1. Make Pasta – Bring a large pot of salty water to a boil and prepare pasta al dente. Strain.
  2. Make the Sauce – In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add garlic. Reduce to medium low heat. Add lemon juice and wine. Stir until warm.
  3. Toss – Toss pasta with sauce.
  4. Garnish – Top with fresh grated parmesan and basil.
white bowl of lemon basil pasta with gold fork resting on top

To Store

Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container up to 3 days. Top with fresh basil when ready to serve.

closeup of pasta in a bowl with blue napkin and gold fork

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bowl of pasta with lemon and basil
Easy basil lemon pasta recipe | a great weeknight dinner for spring and summer

Lemon Basil Pasta

Julie Blanner
Light and refreshing Lemon Basil Pasta made with staple ingredients and topped with fresh strips of basil for amazing flavor.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 352 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • basil fresh, sliced thin
  • parmesan freshly grated
  • 1 pound pasta

Instructions
 

  • Bring a pot of salty water to a boil. Prepare noodles al dente.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add garlic. Reduce to medium low heat.
  • Add lemon juice and cooking wine, stir until warm.
  • Toss with drained pasta.
  • Top with parmesan and basil.

Notes

Substitutions

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your preference.
  • Minced Garlic – Freshly minced or from a jar in the produce section of your grocer.
  • Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed or store bought (in produce section and juice aisle, will say 100% lemon juice).
  • White Wine – Use your favorite, whatever you have on hand or white cooking wine. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio all work well.
  • Pasta – Use your favorite noodle or make your own egg noodles! It also pairs well with Arugula Pasta

Optional Additions

To Store

  • Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days. Top with fresh basil.

Nutrition

Calories:352kcalCarbohydrates:59gProtein:10gFat:7gSaturated Fat:4gCholesterol:15mgSodium:56mgPotassium:204mgFiber:2gSugar:3gVitamin A:175IUVitamin C:8mgCalcium:19mgIron:1mg
Keywords Lemon Basil, Lemon Basil Pasta
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