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A plate of brown butter pasta topped with shredded cheese

Brown Butter Lemon Garlic Pasta

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy recipes, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 700kcal


  • 8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2-3 cloves garlic 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.


Calories: 700kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 289mg | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 410mg | Iron: 4.8mg