Spaghetti with lemon cream sauce in a stainless steel pan next to a plate of spaghetti with lemon cream sauce with parsley bunch, lemon, cheese, and a garlic head nearby.
5 from 1 vote

Spaghetti with Lemon Cream Sauce

Creamy, dreamy, spaghetti with Lemon Cream Sauce. A delicious but light cream sauce with a fresh citrus twist! Great for a quick summer meal.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword lemon cream sauce, spaghetti with lemon sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 354 kcal


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot minced, see note
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons cream
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh parsley chopped


  1. Boil pasta water and cook pasta until al dente (cook while prepping sauce).

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet. Add shallot and cook until soft and translucent. 

  3. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  4. Add chicken broth to deglaze the pan and simmer for about 5-8 minutes until the sauce is reduced by about one third or one half and is slightly thickened.

  5. Add lemon juice and heat through.
  6. Add cream and heat through.
  7. Add the parmesan cheese, stir to combine. 

  8. Add salt and pepper, adjust to taste.

  9. Toss with cooked pasta and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

If you don't have a shallot, 3 tablespoons of yellow onion may be substituted. 

Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti with Lemon Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 283mg 12%
Potassium 236mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 7.9%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.