15-Minute Lemon Spinach Pasta

Quick and Easy Lemon Spinach Pasta

Course: Pasta
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: pasta recipe with lemon and spinach
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Energy: 294 kcal
Author: Jennifer

Quick, easy and delicious, this pasta is one-pan easy , uses a no-cook sauce and ready in the time it takes to cook the pasta!

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Ingredients

  • 1 whole lemon scrubbed to clean
  • 2 servings dried pasta linguini or spaghetti, angelhair etc. *see notes

Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup Crème Fraîche
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • 3 large resh basil leaves chopped
  • Zest from 1/2 of the whole lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

To serve:

  • 1 large handful fresh baby spinach or larger spinach, chopped
  • Juice from the 1 whole lemon above
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Fill large pot with water and add the whole lemon to the water. Remove zest from about 1/2 of the whole lemon and set the zest aside for the sauce. Add zested whole lemon to the water and bring the water with the lemon to a boil over high heat. Once boiling remove lemon and set aside to cool. Add salt to your water, then add pasta and cook to al dente according to package directions.

  2. Meanwhile, stir together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Prepare your spinach and set aside. When lemon is cool enough to handle, cut in half and juice. Pour juice through a strainer in to a small bowl, to remove seeds and pulp. Set aside. 

  3. When pasta is cooked, before draining, remove 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta well and return to the pot. Add sauce mixture and spinach to the pot with the hot pasta and with tongs, toss well until the spinach is wilted and sauce is coating the pasta. Drizzle with reserved lemon juice and toss well. If pasta seems tight (clumpy/sticking together), add a bit of your reserved pasta water to the pasta and toss to loosen it up. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste. Serve with additional freshly grated Parmesan and more freshly ground pepper.

Recipe Notes

To measure dried linguine or other long, dried pasta for 2 servings, aim for a 2 -inch diameter circle of dried pasta for an average serving or up to 3-inches for a hearty appetite.