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5 from 5 votes

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Pasta

This Lemon Garlic Parmesan Pasta is a super easy dinner that's ready in under 20 minutes!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Lemon Garlic Parmesan Pasta
Servings: 6 - 8 (approximately)
Calories: 245kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 16 ounces linguine (or pasta of your choice)
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water, see instructions
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice, plus more to taste if needed (approximately 1-2 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (see notes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • kosher salt to taste
  • optional: chopped fresh parsley


  • Prepare the linguine according to package instructions, using well salted water. Before draining, reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil over medium low heat in a small pan. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Remove from the heat.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, olive oil and garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, black pepper, and 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Add additional pasta water as needed until the ingredients are easy to stir. Taste; add additional black pepper and salt, if needed. (Note: parmesan cheese is salty, so you might not need any).
  • Divide into portions and top each serving with extra parmesan cheese and, if using, chopped parsley.


This is a simple dish that begs for high quality ingredients. For best results, use freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, fresh squeezed lemon juice and a good quality olive oil. You'll be able to taste the difference! I love serving this dish with white wine (my preference is sauvignon blanc).
I strongly recommend grating the cheese on either a microplane zester (my first choice) or the finest setting on a box grater. This way it just melts into the pasta in the best possible way.


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 0.8mg