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Lemon & Garlic Pasta with Easy Pesto

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Pesto pasta on a serving platter

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

20 minutes

Yield

2 -3

This deliciously fresh pesto pasta recipe is so flavorful and perfect for a quick, easy dinner.

This delicious pesto pasta recipe combines the butter, citrus taste of lemon with flavorful garlic to make a flavor-packed pesto dish that’ll blow the whole family away. What I love about this recipe is how fresh it tastes and how easy and quick it is to make.

Why you’ll love this pesto pasta:

  • Quick: Make this pesto pasta recipe in only 30-minutes
  • Nut-Free: Many people avoid pesto pasta because it often contains nuts but this recipe is entirely nut-free
  • Flavorful: The addition of lemon and garlic in this recipe really adds an extra pop of flavor among the herby pesto
Close-up of a tray of pesto pasta

Ingredient Notes:

Pesto: It’s really easy to make your own, fresh pesto. All you need is a combination of fresh herbs like basil, dill, or even parsley, and you blend it all together with oil and parmesan cheese. It’s really easy to make and a great way to use up herbs that are going bad in your fridge or garden.

Burrata: Burrata is an Italian cow milk cheese made from mozzarella and cream. The outer casing is solid but the inside is cream-like. If you can’t find burrata, you can use mozzarella but it will give a bit different of a texture and will take longer to melt. I love to use burrata in salads, on its own, or as a way to make dishes super creamy like this burrata pasta.

Serving platter of pesto pasta

How to make pesto pasta:

  1. With a mortar and pestle, make the pesto by combining fresh basil, dill, olive oil, parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining the pasta and setting aside.
  3. Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add butter. Add shallots and garlic, saute 3-4 minutes until softened.
  4. Turn to low heat, stir in lemon zest, edamame or peas, salt and pepper – cook for a few minutes to warm the edamame or peas. Add lemon juice, parmesan cheese and about 1/4 cup pasta water, then stir in the noodles. Cook on low about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. creaminess.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt, pepper and parmesan cheese OR add more pasta water for more
  6. To serve, plate pasta on a large bowl or platter, add the burrata ball and spoon over pesto sauce.

Expert Tips & FAQ:

I don’t have a mortar & pestle: If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can pulse the pesto ingredients in a blender or food processor to make the pesto.

Burrata: If you can’t find burrata you can simply omit from the recipe and top with more parmesan cheese or another favorite protein. A soft ball of mozzarella cheese would also work.

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Lemon & Garlic Pesto Pasta

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This deliciously fresh pesto pasta recipe is so flavorful and perfect for a quick, easy dinner.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Pasta
Cuisine American-Inspired
Servings 2 -3
Calories 514 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 package spaghettini
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame or peas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 ball of burrata

For the pesto

  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions
 

  • With a mortar and pestle, make the pesto by combining fresh basil, dill, olive oil, parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining the pasta and setting aside.
  • Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add butter. Add shallots and garlic, saute 3-4 minutes until softened.
  • Turn to low heat, stir in lemon zest, edamame or peas, salt and pepper – cook for a few minutes to warm the edamame or peas. Add lemon juice, parmesan cheese and about 1/4 cup pasta water, then stir in the noodles. Cook on low about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. creaminess.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt, pepper and parmesan cheese OR add more pasta water for more
  • To serve, plate pasta on a large bowl or platter, add the burrata ball and spoon over pesto sauce.

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Notes

If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can pulse the pesto ingredients in a blender or food processor to make the pesto.
If you can’t find burrata you can simply omit from the recipe and top with more parmesan cheese or another favourite protein. A soft ball of mozzarella cheese would also work.

Nutrition

Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 20.7g | Fat: 46.3g | Saturated Fat: 10.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 26.8mg | Sodium: 1550.3mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2.8g
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