Lemon Parmesan Spaghetti Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Lemon Parmesan Spaghetti Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Lemon Parmesan Spaghetti

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"This is one of those 'much more than the sum of its parts' recipes. It's great with a salad, perfect for vegetarians and children, and makes a wonderful side dish with chicken or seafood."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package directions until al dente. Drain and place spaghetti in a greased 1.5 quart casserole dish.
  3. Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat, and stir in sour cream, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture over spaghetti in casserole dish. Mix well
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until heated through. Remove from oven, and add grated Parmesan cheese and parsley. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 18, 2003

Wonderful! I changed the recipe a bit, though, to make it a main dish instead of a side dish. First, I sauteed a bit of garlic in the butter before mixing the sauce. Second, I used penne pasta instead of spaghetti. And finally, I added a cup of broccoli florets. Mmmm, served with garlic toast and a salad, this was wonderful. Oh yes...instead of baking it in the oven (its just too hot for that) I cooked it on high in the microwave 5 minutes, and added a little milk when stirring the cheese in. Simply a fantastic dish, even my husband, the devoted carnivore, loved it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 10, 2003

This recipe makes for an interesting experience; however, it just seems like something is missing. It's not something I'm likely to make a second time.


88 Ratings

Jan 08, 2012

With a few modifications that suited my tastes better, this was absolutely a five star dish. I skipped the lemon zest and without it this had just the desired fresh, delicate hint of lemon. The baking method didn’t appeal to me. I saw that as an unnecessary step that would just take extra time. I wanted to keep it simple and I wanted the dish to be creamy and saucy, so I simply prepared the sauce, adding some fresh minced garlic to the melted butter, then finished the sauce as directed before tossing it with the pasta (I used pappardelle, a sort of wide fettucine). We really enjoyed this, particularly alongside “Grilled BBQ Meatloaf,” also from this site, and Brussels sprouts with bacon.

Oct 08, 2003

This was so good and amazingly simple to make. The pasta has a strong lemony flavor and my family loved it. Even my 16 month old couldn't get enough. I am already wondering what I can add to make a full meal. I think next time I will try adding some broccoli, mushrooms and chicken breasts. This is one we will keep around for a long time.

Aug 18, 2003

WE LOVED THIS! Perfect amt of lemon taste, but then again, I ommitted the zest. I added 2 boneless, cooked chicken breasts (cubed) and 1/2c fresh broccoli. I was a tad on the dry side (I assume due to my additions) and when I make this next time, I will use 12oz pasta, same amt of chicken (or perhaps shrimp), 1cup broccoli and double the sauce. A great, easy recipe that's sure to impress! We loved the recipe Sandy T!

Aug 10, 2003

Very tasty even if you are not a lemon fan. It sounded weird at first but once it was baked it was divine. Definetly a keeper.

Jul 09, 2003

This is so great on either a hot sunmmer day or a say when you want something light and delicious. Reminds me of a pasta dish Frank Sinatra made. And yes lemmon and cheese work well together.

Jun 21, 2005

This is the kind of recipe that I scour this website for. It's original and delicious! I will admit that I took a cue from another reviewer and substituted orange juice. It's what I had on hand. I also mixed the parmesan and parsley into the sauce and sprinkled only a little parmesan on top before I baked. I'm so pleased that I'm quite anxious to try it again with the lemon juice. I may take it slow and only add two tablespoons and give it a taste. Anyway, it's great! Thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 491 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.7 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 70 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 29.5 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 11.3 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 211 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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