Brown Butter Lemon Garlic Pasta

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Remember Wednesday? When I made those brown butter cookies? I threatened to assault you with more brown butter recipes. This is me, following through with my threat.

And, for the love of Bieber, is it brown butter or browned butter? I’m going to continue calling it brown butter until I hear otherwise.

My days are filled with two small-ish children who would be happy to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day of their lives. I like to experiment a bit more than that, and this pasta recipe is one of my recent creations. The kids both said it was “okay” but they’d rather just have their PB&J, thankyouverymuch.

That’s when I smacked them. Naughty little brats.

Okay, no I didn’t. I kinda like those two little whiners.

This pasta makes a quick and simple lunch that’s super easy to prepare for as many people as you’re looking to feed. The recipe below feeds 2 hungry adults, but feel free to adjust as needed.

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Brown Butter Lemon Garlic Pasta


8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
3 tablespoons butter
2-3 garlic cloves, depending on size and your love of garlic
juice from 1 or 2 lemons, depending on your preference
2 ounces Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1 teaspoon dried or fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper, to taste


Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and add the pasta. Cook according to package directions, drain.
Chop or smash the garlic.
While the pasta is boiling, add butter to a small skillet over medium heat. Stir the butter over medium heat until it begins to brown. Add the garlic to the skillet and continue stirring for one minute or until the garlic is fragrant and the butter is a dark brown color.
Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
Toss the pasta with the garlic butter mixture, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, and salt and pepper.
Top with more Parmesan, if desired.

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20 Responses to “Brown Butter Lemon Garlic Pasta”

  1. cheryl January 13, 2012 @ 11:27 am (#

    Ummm….your son does not look “small-ish” any more!!!

    And I want that for my lunch, and I want it now!!!


    • Karly replied: — January 13th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

      You’re right, Cheryl. He’s big-ish. His feet are even bigger than mine now. MAH BABIES! They are getting so big!


  2. Heidi @ Food Doodles January 13, 2012 @ 11:29 am (#

    Yummy! I’ve been craving pasta lately and this looks perfect to me 😀 Love the brown(ed? I have no idea!) butter!


  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 13, 2012 @ 12:38 pm (#

    HAHA! This made me laugh. This pasta sounds delightful!


  4. Katie G. January 13, 2012 @ 12:40 pm (#

    I think its Browned Butter, because you’re the one browning it.
    Naturally brown butter would scare me. I’d worry what part of the cow it came from!! :O


  5. Cassie January 13, 2012 @ 12:47 pm (#

    This is such a winner in my book. LOVE everything about it!


  6. Jeralyn January 13, 2012 @ 1:08 pm (#

    Love the new look of your blog! Can’t wait to try this one!


  7. Bronya January 13, 2012 @ 3:32 pm (#

    So simple, but sounds fabulous!


  8. Joanne January 13, 2012 @ 10:19 pm (#

    Brown butter (browned butter? both sound weird the more I say them to myself) is one of the most beautiful things on this earth. Hands down. Adding pasta doesn’t hurt.


  9. Barbara January 16, 2012 @ 6:50 am (#

    Browned butter adds so much flavor to everything…don’t know why it never occurred to me to try it on pasta!
    You’ve got two adorable kids, Karly. Let them eat their pb&j’s…but at least they can taste everything else. This is the parents lament, isn’t it?
    When mine grew up, their tastes changed and they appreciated being introduced to new things when they were kids.


  10. CherylK January 17, 2012 @ 8:09 pm (#

    This looks good enough to eat every single day. Easy, too, which is key in my book.


  11. kara January 20, 2012 @ 5:14 pm (#

    Yep, it’s browned butter. Butter never starts out brown, so we’re not talking about a TYPE of butter here (like you would talk about a white cheese or a green vegetable). Browning is a process that you do TO it, so when it is done it has been browned, and it gets called browned. That’s what happened to it, not what it actually is (it still actually is butter). Make sense?


  12. lissa January 23, 2012 @ 1:47 pm (#

    Your children are BEEE-YUUUUUU-TIH-FULLLLLL!

    OK, now that that’s out of the way… My son balks at spaghetti night, which is Hubby’s favorite. So my compromise was to make the noodles for my son but coat them in butter (which melts) and drown that in parmesan. Quick, easy and he loves it. Your “grown up” version sounds delicious!


    • Karly replied: — January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

      Lissa, thank you! I think my mom used to make spaghetti like that for my brother when we were kids! :)


  13. Aggie January 24, 2012 @ 5:52 am (#

    I’m such a newbie to browned butter, crazy right? I did have it not long ago as a spread at a restaurant, it was pretty amazing slathered on some bread.

    I can only imagine how amazing this tastes! Looks seriously delicious!

    Your kiddos are cuties :)


  14. Cheri-Beri January 24, 2012 @ 4:27 pm (#

    Browned butter is the secret to life!! I haven’t looked at all your bb recipes so I may be repeating something here, but bb in your homemade mac-n-cheese? It will take it to unbelievable heights.


  15. Robin G January 27, 2012 @ 5:05 pm (#

    The picture of your children is absolutely amazing. I have been following your site for a long time and they have definitely grown up! They both look great!
    And that pasta sounds & looks delicious, i might just be trying it out soon!


  16. Chris Kelly Lasch February 21, 2012 @ 9:13 am (#

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!!



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