14 Delicious Lemon Pasta Recipes

Is your pasta missing something? Does it need a flavor boost? Turn to our favorite yellow fruit: lemon. A simple squeeze of lemon adds bright, zesty tang to all kinds of savory dishes. From Italian comfort food to lightened-up Mediterranean meals, versatile lemon is the citrusy secret to pasta that's bursting with flavor.

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    Lemon-Basil Pasta

    Give tomato sauce the night off! Our five-ingredient dinner is just as easy as the jarred stuff but so much better, thanks to bright lemons, fresh basil, and creamy cannellini beans.

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    Spaghetti with Cauliflower, Capers, and Lemon

    Serve up an elegant, party-worthy dish without spending hours in the kitchen! Ready in just 35 minutes, this spaghetti is sauced with tart lemon juice, briny capers, and tender cauliflower.

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    Lemon-Caper Tuna and Noodles with Alfredo

    Brighten up classic comfort food with a splash of lemon juice. We've updated a creamy childhood favorite with the flavors of lemon and caper for a decadent dish that's decidedly adult.

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    Lemon-Dill Shrimp and Pasta

    A perfect pairing -- seafood and dill -- is dressed up with pasta, spinach, and lemon. Could it get any better? It's ready in just 30 minutes!

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    Skewered Shrimp Scampi

    Fire up the grill! Five quick minutes on the coals gives classic shrimp scampi a smoky flavor. Brighten things up with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh parsley. 

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    Market Stand Pasta Salad with Garlic and Shallot Dressing

    Let a trip to the farmer's market inspire your next meal. This tasty pasta salad is dressed with a sweet and tart lemon vinaigrette. Make it your own with your favorite summertime veggies.

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    Shrimp, Chickpea, and Feta Cheese Nests

    Take a walk on the Mediterranean side with this quick one-pan meal. Fresh tomato, mint, lemon peel, and feta come together for a healthy sauce that's bursting with flavor.

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    Citrus Tuna Pasta Salad

    Ditch the creamy dressing! This bright, lemony tuna salad is good for you, too. The recipe calls for heart-healthy olives and nutrient-rich veggies like tomato and sweet peppers.

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    Lemon Chicken with Olives and Ricotta

    Bring a restaurant-worthy dish to the table -- any night of the week! This Mediterranean-inspired lasagna shortcut is ready in just 30 minutes.

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    Crab Ravioli Filling

    Crabmeat, lemon zest, and capers create a flavorful ravioli filling. We like ours topped with a creamy white sauce like Alfredo.

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    Chicken Caesar Lasagna

    The classic flavors of chicken Caesar salad are reimagined in this dinnertime lasagna. Gooey layers of cheese are brightened up with a lemony Alfredo sauce, roasted sweet peppers, and chopped spinach.

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    Chicken with Orzo

    Let your grocery store do the hard work for you! Deli-roasted chicken makes this 20-minute dinner extra easy, while whole wheat orzo, lemon, and leafy spinach make it extra good for you.

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    Salmon-Asparagus Lasagna Rolls

    Give lasagna a roll! We've tucked smoked salmon, tender asparagus, and rich cheese inside al dente noodles. The extra-special finish? A creamy lemon-laced sauce.

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    Summer Pasta Salad

    Fresh pasta marinated overnight in lemon and garlic sets the stage for this flavorful salad. Pile on the veggies, throw in some cheese, and you've got an all-in-one meal.

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    All-Time Favorite Italian Recipes

    Calling all spaghetti-lovers and pizza purists! You're going to fall for all of our delicious Italian recipes. These traditional dishes are our favorite Italian recipes -- ones you'll want to share, hand down, and save in your recipe box. Sure, we have classics like spaghetti bolognese and baked ziti, but be sure to start with bruschetta and end with tiramisu for the complete Italian experience!
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