Fresh lemon juice, wine, garlic, butter, pasta and parmesan. These are a few of my favorite things. The first time I ever had lemon pasta was in Capri, Italy in 2018...and that's what this exact dish is inspired by. Fun fact - I ate it the day after Bryant asked me to marry him so I was on all sorts of highs, lol.
You don't have to use tagliatelle pasta. You can use whatever shape you like, but I think a longer flat noodle tastes the best because that's the way I ate this dish for the first time in Italy. If you can't find tagliatelle, fettuccini or linguine work great too! Make sure you remember to add a little of the starchy pasta water into the sauce. That + butter makes for the ultimate silky pasta.
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9/24/2018 11:37:56 pm
Is there a taste difference putting the lemon juice in at the beginning vs only using it at the end that you are going for? Or if there’s a technical reason it goes in so early? I would just love to hear your thoughts on it. Thanks!
9/25/2018 07:56:10 am
I like the lemon to mix in and cook with the sauce at the beginning as opposed to just sprinkling it on at the end..not sure if there's a huge difference in taste or not! :)
2/28/2019 02:55:03 pm
How many does this recipe serve?
3/3/2019 11:47:14 am
3/4/2019 04:56:06 pm
Thank you! Also, I can't find a wide tagliatelle anywhere near me, what other noodles would work best?
3/2/2019 07:59:16 pm
How much pasta are you using?
3/3/2019 11:48:07 am
Two bundles of fresh pasta, about 1/2 lb.
6/30/2019 02:15:49 pm
Is there a non-alcoholic replacement you can substitute for the chardonnay?
7/1/2019 11:41:41 am
Hi Emma! I get this question a lot and usually just recommend removing the alcohol completely from the dish - not too sure about an alternative although google says to try white grape juice.
8/16/2020 12:24:26 pm
Some recipes with suggest a broth OR wine, so I would probably try substituting with a chicken or fish broth here.
1/10/2023 10:07:22 am
You can buy a non alcoholic Chardonnay / wine at most big name grocery stories!
7/15/2019 07:18:14 pm
Do you recommend any veggies that would complement this pasta if I decide to add some in? Just trying to eat health(ier)
7/25/2019 08:34:00 pm
I saw this and immediately thought of blanched asparagus! That, or green beans I bet would be delicious 🤤
10/24/2020 03:19:02 pm
I’m adding shrimp and mushrooms! Let’s see how it blends together!
11/19/2020 05:47:41 am
I would try corn in this recipe! I make a tagliatelle with thyme and corn and it's to die for, I think combining her recipe with mine with be so delicious!
7/25/2019 09:24:10 pm
What can i substitute for heavy cream? I’m lactose intolerant.
7/25/2019 09:40:40 pm
Tricky question because the cream is really clutch for the texture and holding it all together. I haven’t made it any other way because I’m allergic to nut milks because of my allergy. Maybe try puréed cauliflower with oat milk and nutritional yeast? Or give almond milk a try and let me know if it works out!!
10/12/2019 01:52:46 pm
Use coconut milk. I've never had good luck with soy milk or other substitutes. They are all too thin. Coconut milk has all the fat you'll need.
9/9/2020 05:02:39 pm
I just made this with oat milk! Used corn starch to thicken it up a bit and it worked pretty well.
1/29/2020 06:15:23 pm
I am also lactose intolerant but cannot do nut or soy milks. I used lactose free whipping cream (it’s only 3 percent less than heavy cream and not sweetened of course) and it worked great!
1/30/2020 10:23:30 am
Could you use milk (1%) instead of cream and still have it thicken up correctly?
1/31/2020 06:56:27 am
Hi Sofia! 1% milk is too thin and I don’t think it would emulsify and thicken as well as the cream!
2/25/2020 09:37:10 am
This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. I LOVE all things having to do with lemon!! Question...as I only drink Pinot Grigio, can I substitute that in place of Chardonnay? If you think Chardonnay is better, I will use that. But just wondering.... Thank you!
7/16/2021 08:55:15 am
Yes, I think Pinot Grigio would be a better choice because it’s less likely to have oak flavors in it. Chardonnays vary wildly in terms of oakiness, which will affect the flavor outcome.
12/9/2021 11:57:37 am
I use Sauvignon Blanc for most of my white wine cooking needs
3/30/2020 12:17:08 pm
Any other kind of pasta you
5/11/2020 07:21:55 am
Hi Kathia! I've seen a lot of people add shrimp and chicken. I've done this pasta with scallops and it was really good that way too. I also love it with broccoli.
4/26/2020 12:17:29 pm
Any thoughts on whether substituting in truffle butter?
5/11/2020 07:23:10 am
Hi Charlie, I've never tried combining the flavor of truffle with lemon so I'm not sure. If you try, I would love to know what you think of it!
5/4/2020 02:09:56 pm
Hi Jane, this is the recipe that made me follow you on IG back in the day! Love your recipes :) I just wanted to ask if instead of heavy cream, can I use fresh cream? I just can't find heavy cream in any of the stores here & I don't think I will be able to make it at home too. There is no nutritional yeast too. So I can't try the vegan version as well.
5/11/2020 07:28:38 am
Hi! It depends on the fat content in the fresh cream vs. heavy cream. I've never cooked with fresh cream but after searching on google it says that it contains less than 30% fat and heavy whipping cream is 36-38% fat. A few comments up, I saw that a follower used lactose free whipping cream and another used coconut milk. I definitely know that regular milk, especially skim will not work so if you're going to test something out - the heavier the fat content, the better!
Janey Marie Schafer
5/11/2020 07:29:23 am
Also, you could easily order nutritional yeast on Amazon, that's what I did last week!
7/9/2020 07:56:48 am
Made last night. Was absolutely fabulous. I used a fresh garlic instead of powder.
10/25/2020 06:28:39 pm
I make this regularly. It is soooo good and so easy and quick! Definitely one of my favorite pastas.
11/8/2020 04:41:51 pm
Just tried this with linguine and whipping cream and it is ABSOLUTELY wonderful. I can't believe I could make something so delicious. Will be making this for friends to show off. With lactase on hand LOL, thanks Jane!
11/18/2020 06:42:22 am
SO glad to hear that!! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. <3
11/20/2020 02:25:26 pm
I come back to this all the time. I’ve been making this regularly since you posted it! It’s how I found and started following you. A forever fav!
11/20/2020 03:37:54 pm
Hi Emma! Love that!! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog post and I'm so glad you enjoy this pasta, it's one of my all time faves. <3
11/21/2020 04:01:42 pm
Can you estimate how much lemon juice you use? Lemon sizes vary, as does the amount of juice you get out of it! I love this recipe, but sometimes the lemon is overpowering.
11/21/2020 08:14:21 pm
This is my FAVOURITE pasta to make. I think of it as a decadent date night pasta. Recipe is perfect. All I do is on the side I have caramelised button mushrooms that’s been cooked in butter and minced garlic. If you pick up a bit of pasta and mix it with the garlic mushrooms it is like HEAVEN in your mouth!
3/6/2021 02:30:19 pm
Can you say the name of the pan you are using?
3/6/2021 04:58:20 pm
WOW. This is unreal. Top with fresh basil. It makes it.
6/5/2021 01:52:58 am
I made this for the first time tonight - my mind was blown at how silky this was! Thank you for creating and sharing such a delicious recipe :) xx
12/8/2021 03:42:11 pm
This is my new favorite pasta dish!! We have made it twice in 3 days haha!
12/17/2021 08:09:51 am
It's so addicting!! I'm so glad to hear this though, it's the best!
2/13/2022 04:50:17 pm
Hi! I love all your recipes but I have a hard time thickening them sauces, what am I doing wrong?
Jessica Leonard Chester
4/13/2022 03:24:07 pm
I just wanted to say how delicious this was we are all stricken with Covid and wanted something homey and this was delicious. It will make this all the time. Thank you !
5/18/2022 11:03:29 am
Hi! Love your blog and absolutely love your recipes! How would you suggest warming up/reheating leftovers for heavy cream based dishes such as this one and the vodka sauce?
5/31/2022 07:20:26 pm
Hi! So excited to try this. I would love to make it for a group though (probably about 5 people). Any guidance on measurements to make a larger portion?
6/1/2022 11:23:47 am
Hi!! I would just double the recipe ! But make sure your cold liquids (cream and wine) are at room temp so that they can combine a bit easier , and I would add the cream in little by little and bring to a bubble each time before the next addition! Will combine and thicken easier!
9/25/2022 04:34:40 pm
Omg this was amazing. I got some tagliatelle from Flour Pasta Co and wanted to find the perfect recipe to use it with. I came to your site knowing you wouldn’t let me down. And you didn’t. This was so simple but so delicious and was the perfect complement to the fancy pasta. I added some shrimp and broccoli, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It was perfect. I’m still thinking about it.
3/8/2023 08:28:10 am
So good. I've made this twice recently. The first time I added kale to it to try to be a bit healthier and the second time I made the recipe as is. Honestly, I preferred it without the kale lol, but it would probably be good with spinach or basil added. The only change I would make to the recipe instructions is that the sauce needs to be started before the pasta is boiled, or else the pasta will be done before the sauce is ready.
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