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Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta with Crunchy Almonds

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Prep

5 minutes

Cook

20 minutes

Yield

4

This lemon garlic pasta is the perfect summer pasta dish. It's creamy, delicious, and has a crunch of spicy almonds.

This lemon garlic pasta is the perfect summer pasta recipe to make this summer. You have the refreshing citrus flavor from the lemon, combined with savory garlic, and a crunch of almonds. So good you’ll want to make it for everyone.

Bowl of lemon garlic pasta

Why you’ll love this lemon garlic pasta recipe:

  • Easy: Make this lemon garlic pasta in only 30-minutes
  • Versatile: Add in your favorite protein like chicken, or chickpeas, or throw in some seasonally fresh veggies
  • Gluten Free: Use gluten-free pasta to make this recipe gluten free
Sante Nuts on a table with ingredients for lemon garlic pasta

Ingredient Notes:

Basil: Use fresh basil for this recipe for the best flavor. I like to grow basil in my garden in the summer. It’s really easy to grow and then you have an endless supply all summer long.

Almonds: To add a little crunch to this lemon garlic pasta, I added Sante Nuts Chipotle Almonds. These also add a nice spice but a little sweetness to the recipe as they’re made with a combination of 5 peppers.

Pan with ingredients for lemon garlic pasta in it

How to make lemon garlic pasta:

  1. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Once it begins to bubble, add the garlic.
  3. Cook for 3 – 5 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add the heavy cream, salt, minced onion, onion powder, cracked black pepper, lemon juice, and zest, and cook for another 1 – 2 minutes.
  5. Add the parmesan cheese, constantly stir to allow even melting, and bring the mixture to a light boil.
  6. Allow the sauce to reduce on medium-low heat and thicken for 5 minutes.
  7. Prior to making the sauce or during, prepare the long fusilli pasta according to the instructions on the package in a large pot.
  8. Rinse and strain, saving ¼ – ½ cup of the pasta water.
  9. Transfer the pasta into the large pan with the sauce, add the amount of pasta water desired, and mix thoroughly to combine.
  10. Add in the Sante Nuts Chipotle Almonds and chopped basil, and mix to combine.
  11. Serve the pasta with fresh basil leaves and enjoy!
Bowl of lemon garlic pasta

Expert Tips & FAQ:

Butter: If you have an herb or ghee butter, use it! It’ll be delicious. 

How do I make vegan lemon garlic pasta? You can substitute ALL of the dairies in this recipe for your favorite vegan options- be sure to use slightly less plant-based milk and add extra nutritional yeast to bring out that cheesy flavor! 

Get Creative: Customize this pasta by adding some of your favorite roasted vegetables or adding a protein option, it’s endless! 

Pasta: Swap the long fusilli for your preferred pasta shape OR use gluten-free pasta! 

Storage: Store the pasta in the fridge for 5 – 7 days, and reheat to serve! 

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Bowl of lemon garlic pasta

Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta with Crunchy Almonds

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This lemon garlic pasta is the perfect summer pasta dish. It's creamy, delicious, and has a crunch of spicy almonds.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course 30 minute meals, Pasta, Summer Meal
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 4
Calories 692 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. minced onion
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. cracked black pepper
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 ½ cups parmesan cheese grated
  • 3 cups long fusilli pasta
  • ½ cup Sante Nuts Chipotle Almond roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil finely chopped
  • Whole basil leaves to garnish

Instructions
 

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once it begins to bubble, add the garlic.
  • Cook for 3 – 5 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the heavy cream, salt, minced onion, onion powder, cracked black pepper, lemon juice, and zest, and cook for another 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Add the parmesan cheese, constantly stir to allow even melting, and bring the mixture to a light boil.
  • Allow the sauce to reduce on medium-low heat and thicken for 5 minutes.
  • Prior to making the sauce or during, prepare the long fusilli pasta according to the instructions on the package in a large pot.
  • Rinse and strain, saving ¼ – ½ cup of the pasta water.
  • Transfer the pasta into the large pan with the sauce, add the amount of pasta water desired, and mix thoroughly to combine.
  • Add in the Sante Nuts Chipotle Almonds and chopped basil, and mix to combine.
  • Serve the pasta with fresh basil leaves and enjoy!

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Notes

Notes 
If you have an herb or ghee butter, use it! It’ll be delicious. 
You can substitute ALL of the dairies in this recipe for your favorite vegan options- be sure to use slightly less plant-based milk and add extra nutritional yeast to bring out that cheesy flavor! 
Customize this pasta by adding some of your favourite roasted vegetables or adding a protein option, it’s endless! 
Swap the long fusilli for your preferred pasta shape OR use gluten-free pasta! 
Store the pasta in the fridge for 5 – 7 days, and reheat to serve! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 95.5g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 24.5g | Saturated Fat: 14.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 61.4mg | Sodium: 561.5mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6.8g
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