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Creamy Lemon Pasta over Farfalle in a light blue bowl and the entire dish right behind it.

Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce Over Farfalle Pasta

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Italian


A lemon pasta recipe that comforts the soul and fills a plate with comfort goodness. This Creamy Lemon Butter Sauce over Farfalle pasta is so simple, but feels so big. It is easy to make and even easier to eat.


Units Scale
  • 1 pound farfalle pasta
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 cup grated parmsan cheese + extra for garnish
  • Zest from one lemon
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Parsley (optional)


  1. Melt butter in sauce pan on medium low and add garlic
  2. Start water for pasta and cook per the pasta instructions.
  3. While pasta is cooking, continue on. Once garlic is soft, add lemon zest, pepper, and salt to saucepan
  4. Simmer for 5 minutes
  5. Add cream and bring to simmer. Let cook for about 5 minutes.Make sure to stir, as you don’t want the cream to scorch.
  6. Slowly add parmesan cheese to cream mixture, stir to melt
  7. Continue to stir and put on low until pasta is done
  8. Drain pasta
  9. First toss in lemon juice and then add cream sauce
  10. Serve and garnish with grated parmesan cheese and parsley.


  • Make sure to add the lemon juice to the pasta after drained, but before the cream is added and tossed.
  • Use Organic Lemons.
  • Use real parmesan cheese for the best results in this creamy lemon butter sauce recipe.
  • I use farfalle pasta (otherwise known as bow-tie noodles), but any pasta that is appropriate for a skillet dish would be good.