Simple Lemon Pasta, Gluten-free Print Recipe Print Recipe


This week, it’s all about the lemons.

I think it’s a pregnancy thing, but I can’t seem to get enough.

This lemon pasta isn’t anything new. It’s been a family staple and comfort for years. I can almost guarantee every family member who opens this up has the biggest smile on their face. It’s a favorite and requested at every. single. occasion. Mom’s shaking her head in agreement right now. Aren’t ya mom?


I apologize now, there’s a lot more pasta recipes to come. It’s all I can eat these days, but who knows, maybe that will change. It just might be in 3 months, but it will change.


Yep, that’s it.

Well, plus a little olive oil and parmesan if you choose, which I do.

For those of you who can’t do dairy, don’t worry, this is just as good without the cheese. I ate this without for years and it was still my favorite.

My husband adds grilled chicken or shrimp for protein. I know it’s a lot of lemon, but I have a lemon chicken I’ll be sharing later this week, which he throws in. I typically have to double the batch of both the pasta and the chicken because we can literally eat this for days!


Often times it’s family style at our place and served directly out of the Le Creuset.

This is a great pasta dish to serve your guests or at family dinner. It’s so simple and its full of flavor. Plus, no one will even know it’s gluten-free, I can almost guarantee it.


Gluten-free Lemon Pasta Recipe

PRINT Recipe


  • 3/4 lb spaghetti, gluten-free – I used a corn based pasta
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest, grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • salt + pepper
  • Parmesan cheese


In a large pot, cook pasta as directed. Drain and then place pasta into a large serving dish or back into the pot.

In a small saucepan, heat olive oil and butter. Add garlic and cook until tender or fragrant. Pour the garlic & oil mixture over the pasta and then toss with parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Serve immediately with a side of parmesan cheese

*Please do not copy & paste recipe. Thank you!

Serves 4


*gluten-free *dairy-free [if you omit parmesan & use vegan butter] * vegetarian


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  • Averie Cooks

    I want a big bowl of this, asap. Looks so perfect – light but not too light, and with the lemons, mmmm, soooo good.

  • Olga

    Yummy!!!! I like pasta!!! 

  • Tessa @ Girl with a Teacup

    So simple and comforting yet so elegant at the same time! I need to make this soon!!

  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Oooh this looks great. I love lemon and parsley together, so fresh and light 🙂

  • sweetbasil

    I happen to adore lemon, so I love a simple pasta that let’s that flavor shine. Love your site. It’s just beautiful!

  • Audrey

    This looks absolutely delicious!  Thanks for sharing!

  • Cassie Laemmli

    This is definitely my kind of pasta, I love lemons…so refreshing! 

  • Kasey

    Love, love lemony pasta. I’d maybe throw some capers in there for added saltiness. Will have to try soon!

  • Amanda

    Thank you! My sister has gone gluten free and had such great results that I’m tried to wean down my family from it. I’ve pinned this recipe to try out soon!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    OH. EM. GEE. This speaks to my soul innards. Ugh.

  • Monet

    Delicious. Light and flavorful. I can see how this could easily become a summer staple. 

  • Katie Unger

    I actually wore all the enamel (well, most of it) off my teeth from eating so much citrus when I was pregnant. My dentist was not happy…and I didn’t care at all – hooray for comfort food – this dinner is the perfect little package!

  • Chelsea Smallwood

    i make a similar dish to this often, but add fresh salmon and blanched asparagus too. yum!

  • Createdbydianeblog

    lemon and pasta is my favorite and this looks Wonderful!!!

  • Lucie Butcher

    Eating it while writing this comment 🙂 Really simple and fast. Love it!

  • Mel

    Made this tonight and it was super yummy!! 

  • Cookie and Kate

    I had pasta with spaghetti sauce for dinner (trying to use up the last of the sauce) but I would have gladly traded it for THIS. I can’t ever get enough lemon!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    I really, really like alfredo sauce, but it’s just too rich for me. Pasta sauces with lemon, garlic, and herbs have been my savior. This looks delish!

  • Nhwarden

    Made this recipe last night and I know everyone is already tired of hearing me rave about it!

  • Aggie’s Kitchen

    I could seriously eat this every single night. Especially in the summer! Delish!

  • Dcurtman

    Is there ever to much lemon. Lol

  • Susan

    I loved this. Tasted like summer in a bowl. Absolutely amazing 🙂

    So amazing that I’m making more tonight. A double batch, so I can have more this week 😉

  • Amanda Formaro

    Looks delish!

  • Sonya

    Made this last night and it was delicious!! I didn’t have any parsley so I added a little bit of fresh dill and it worked very well. Thanks!

  • FLaure

    Un plat de pâtes, je craque. Par contre, mon fils n’appréciera pas,à faire quand il est absent. Il n’aime pas le citron.
    Bonne journée, FLaure

  • kimterest

    I made this for dinner last night, and I certainly will make it again and again!

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  • Leticia

    I love love this recipe, I’ve made it so many times and I always get compliments and when I want to upgrade it I add shrimp just after the garlic in the pan and it’s DEEE LISH! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!! 🙂