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Lemon-Garlic Cream Fettuccine

I've been making this lemony pasta for the family for years. It's both simple and indulgent enough to make it a go-to recipe. —Anne Miller, Glenfield, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  • In a small bowl, mix lemon zest, parsley and garlic. Cook fettuccine according to package directions; drain.
  • For sauce, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and lemon zest; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in cream, salt and pepper. Whisk in cream cheese until melted. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in lemon juice.
  • Add pasta, tomatoes and parsley to skillet; toss to combine. Serve immediately with lemon zest mixture and, if desired, Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup (calculated without Parmesan cheese): 518 calories, 34g fat (21g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 346mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • Cat
    Apr 6, 2020

    I've been making this for years. I always make exactly as is because the blend of all the ingredients come together in a layer of flavors. Nothing over powers the other! Thank you for sharing

  • dublinlab
    Nov 12, 2019

    Excellent, the fresh lemon juice comes through so nicely. I cooked up some extra large shrimp to put on top. I used 10 % cream and added a little symbol. I'll make this again. Janet VFE

  • s_pants
    Feb 7, 2019

    Loved this! Definitely needed 1 cup of heavy whipping cream to thin out the sauce...couldn't imagine it any thicker. Lemon peel mixture gives it the extra burst of flavor. My 9 year old daughter preferred it without, but good either way.

  • Tanya
    Jan 28, 2019

    Delicious recipe! I added a can of salmon for some protein which was a great addition to the flavors that were already there! Yum!

  • mumsay
    Apr 11, 2018

    This was delicious! I substituted almond milk for the heavy whipping cream and it turned out great. I did Increase the amount to about 1 cup, though, to thin out the sauce. Will make again.

  • PrplMonky5
    Jan 1, 2018

    This was DELICIOUS. I actually made this for my birthday dinner and I'm so glad I did. After reading the reviews, I increased the cream to 2/3C. I still felt that wasn't quite enough so I added in another tablespoon or two. That seemed like the perfect amount. I didn't have fresh parsley so I did the conversion and just used dried. Seemed to work out fine. I also didn't toss the pasta in with the sauce, just the tomatoes. This allowed us to put as much sauce on our noodles as we liked. I think the fresh zesty taste of the lemon really balanced out the heavy richness of this dish. It's definitely not something to have every day, but I know I can't wait to make this again!

  • 3fiddlers
    Apr 26, 2017

    This is a wonderfully decadent recipe. I added extra cream because the sauce was very thick. Everyone loved it.... topped with grilled shrimp. Thanks for sharing!

  • Halee2003
    May 4, 2016

    I made this tonight . It was awesome. I did double the sauce due to other viewers comments. I did add broccoli. Will make again

  • kfedewa
    May 2, 2016

    I loved it - delicate, refined taste - but the hubby didn't care for it. It's all a personal preference. I love lemon, so this was right up my alley. I added asparagus, broccoli and shrimp.

  • treelitty
    Mar 28, 2016

    I substituted the tomatoes for roasted red peppers and it was delicious! I made it for Easter dinner and everyone loved it! Can't wait to make it again!