Easy Lemon Pasta – the perfect dish to bring to your summer cookout or any get-together!
(Gluten-Free Friendly + Dairy-Free Friendly)
Add this to your next get-together or cook out menu!
There are so many different ways to make lemon pasta, but this is my simple take on it! I have probably made this recipe a hundred times and my kids specifically request it – it is ALWAYS a hit!
Can I Make this Lemon Pasta Ahead of Time?
Yes!! Actually I think it tastes better if you make it a day ahead of time!
How Long Will this Lemon Pasta Stay in the Refrigerator?
It will stay fresh about 5-7 days in the refrigerator if covered tightly! I love making this on the weekend to eat throughout the week!
Can I Make this Lemon Pasta Gluten-Free?
Yes!! I highly recommend these gluten-free noodles that will work perfectly with this recipe!
Can I Make this Lemon Pasta Dairy-Free?
Yes! Simply swap out the parmesan cheese for a dairy-free variety of your choosing!
Lemon Pasta Ingredients:
- farfalle pasta (regular or gluten-free)
- olive oil
- green onion
- lemons (you will be using the zest and the juice)
- kosher salt
- parmesan cheese (or a dairy-free alternative)
How to Make Lemon Pasta
Step 1: As your bow-tie pasta is boiling, you can zest your two lemons and cut up your green onion, dividing it into white onion parts and green leafy parts. Then, juice your two lemons into a separate bowl and get your best olive oil ready.
Step 2: Once your pasta is done boiling and perfectly al-dente, pour it into a strainer and immediately rinse it with cold water to stop the cooking process. Then, drizzle some olive oil (about a Tablespoon) over the pasta, to avoid sticking.
Step 3: Once the rest of your ingredients are prepped. Pour the pasta into a bowl and mix with the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, kosher salt, lemon zest, green onions and parmesan cheese. Mix well to combine!
Step 4: You can dig in right away (I think it is impossible not to) but this recipe is even better if is sits for a bit in the refrigerator as the salt and lemon are able to meld together for a couple hours or even over night. If you do put it in the fridge for a bit, you will probably want to add some additional olive oil before you serve it.
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A light and easy lemon pasta recipe that everyone will love!
- 1 box bow-tie pasta (use this gluten-free kind if you want)
- 2 lemons (zest and juice, keeping the zest and juices in separate bowls)
- 1 bunch green onions (about 6) (remove ends and slice)
- 3/4 cup coarsely grated parmesan cheese (or dairy-free alternative)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (avocado oil would work too)
- 1Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
- Bring pot of water to boil. Add 1 box of bow tie pasta. Cook until al-dente according to package instructions.
- While pasta is cooking zest and juice both lemons keeping zest and juice in separate bowls.
- Chop green onions. You will need approximately 1/4 cup of the white onion part and 1/4 cup of the green leafy part.
- Once pasta is al dente, pour pasta into strainer and immediately rinse with cold water. Drain again. Drizzle 1 Tablespoon of olive oil on top and toss to coat.
- Pour into large mixing or storage bowl.
- Add lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, white part of green onion, salt (I would start with 1Tablespoon and save the extra 1 teaspoon to add per your likeness) and parmesan cheese.
- Toss to mix completely.
- Taste and add additional salt, parmesan cheese or olive oil, as desired.
- Add the green part of the green onion
- Serve and garnish with additional green onion, parmesan cheese and/or lemon zest.
- You may need to add additional olive after the pasta sits for a while as it will be soaked up.
- Gluten-Free: For a gluten-free option use this pasta.
- Dairy-Free: To make dairy-free use a parmesan cheese substitute, as desired.
- Storage: Lemon Pasta will last 5-7 days in the refrigerator, covered.
- Add additional oil: If Lemon Pasta sits for a while, either out or in the refrigerator, feel free to drizzle additional olive oil before serving again as it will be soaked up by the pasta.
- Season to Taste: Add additional salt, lemon juice or parmesan cheese, as desired.
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