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Pasta with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce | Magnolia Days

Pasta with Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce

A recipe for pasta with a lemon butter garlic sauce. It also has arugula, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese.

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Renee

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces dried pasta
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Grated zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces baby arugula leaves about 3 cups
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • Shaved parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain cooked pasta.
  2. In the same large pot over medium heat, melt the butter and cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes. If you want browned butter, cook until it has a light brown color. Add the garlic and thyme, stir, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Be careful not to over-brown the butter or garlic.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt. Stir to combine. Add the pasta, arugula, and pine nuts and toss to coat with the sauce. The arugula will wilt.
  4. Transfer pasta to a serving bowl, platter, or individual plates. Top with shaved parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for pasta with a lemon butter garlic sauce. It also has arugula, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese.