This scrumptious One Pot Lemon Garlic Pasta Recipe is so satisfying, with bold garlic and bright lemon flavors delivered to your table in under 30 minutes. Enjoy this zesty Gemelli pasta recipe on its own, add in more veggies, or top the dish with protein!
Course: 30 Minute Meals, Easy Weeknight Meals, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: gemellie pasta recipe, lemon garlic pasta recipe, one pot meal
8 ouncesGemelli pasta(or use pasta of choice, note this is half a bag)
2 cupschicken brothmay sub with vegetable broth
1/2cupheavy creammay use half and half
1/4cupparmesan cheesefresh grated
1/4cupparmesan cheesefresh shaved (or increase above to ½ cup)
⅛-¼ cupItalian flat leaf parsleychopped
1/2lemon zestzest whole lemon and use half to garnish
1 ½ - 2tablespoonslemon juicefresh squeezed, about ½ a lemon
1crownbroccolichopped small (optional)
½ canartichoke heartsbrine or marinated, quartered (optional)
2 cupsbaby spinach
La Tourangelle White Truffle Oildrizzle if desired, for serving
½-1 teaspoonkosther saltOptional, try the pasta before adding if you are watching your salt.
Pour pasta into a deep pot or 4 quart dutch oven (larger if doubling). Add minced garlic and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and cook pasta according to package directions, al-dente. See notes for broccoli if adding.
When pasta is cooked, you should only have a little broth left, if too much, ladle some out and reserve. Add lemon zest and lemon juice, give it a good stir.
Add heavy cream and the spinach and artichoke hearts if using and stir to wilt, covering the top if needed.
Finally stir in the Italian parsley, reserving a little for garnish, then grated parmesan cheese, mixing it in to melt. Taste and add salt if needed.
Serve with a little chopped parsley, a lemon wedge, leftover lemon zest, a drizzle of truffle oil and shaved parmesan.
See post for loads of ad-in ideas!Serve alone for a vegetarian meal or add your favorite protein. Tips for Cooking Broccoli with PastaBroccoli takes longer to cook than the rest of the creamy pasta dish. So, here are a few tips on making your broccoli come out just the way you like it.
Crisp | Chop your broccoli into thin and smaller stalks without actually chopping it finely. Stir into pasta mixture before adding cream, cover, and allow to steam for 2-3 minutes.
Crisp Tender | With broccoli chopped smaller as above, add to noodles during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Be sure to cover.
Fork Tender | Again, chop broccoli smaller, add to noodles the entire time they cook, and be sure to keep the lid covered for the whole time.
Steaming | If preferred, steam the broccoli separate to your desired doneness, then just stir into the pasta.