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Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta

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Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta – The delicious combination of lemon and cream cheese is spot-on for this easy weeknight one-pot pasta dinner.

Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta |www.diethood.com | The delicious combination of lemon and cream cheese is spot-on for this easy weeknight one-pot pasta dinner.



Friends, we have a problem. My computer AND my photo camera are both dying a slow death, at the same time. Please, please forgive the sub par photos… no matter what I do, that camera is not going to give in. Beast! (I’m really saying the other word, but this is a PG rated blog…)

SO yeah… I’m gonna cry.

Actually, I kind of am not crying – I’m kind of celebrating. BUT can’t tell my other half that I’m excited. I have to act as if I’m heartbroken so it seems like I value material things. In which I do… but sometimes, we have to part. They live for like, 3 years, especially laptops. I’ve held onto mine for 5.
In the words of N’Sync, it’s time to say Bye Bye Byyyye.

Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta |www.diethood.com | The delicious combination of lemon and cream cheese is spot-on for this easy weeknight one-pot pasta dinner.

Speaking of boy bands? Joey McIntyre was on the Wahlburgers a few days ago! Can you imagine my excitement?!? I was bursting out of my pj’s. I couldn’t stop smiling for hours afterwards.
I was the girl who’d go to their concerts and scream I LOVE YOU, JOEY!!!!!!, the entire 2 hours. Super fan. Super freak.

Speaking of freak-y? How freaky are these one-pot pasta wonders!?! So freaky, I love them!!
They are the answer to homemade, weeknight meals, right after crock pot meals. Just sayin’.

Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta |www.diethood.com | The delicious combination of lemon and cream cheese is spot-on for this easy weeknight one-pot pasta dinner.

Did you know that if you combine veggie stock with your water for boiling pasta, your dinner can go from good to dang amazing?! Yaha.

Did you also know that if you stir cream cheese into this one pot pasta, your dinner can go from dang amazing to daaaaayyyyyum amazing?! It does.

And did you know that stirring lemon juice into anything is just pure genius? It is. Makes you feel like you’re eating something really healthy, doesn’t it? And fresh. Right?

I am just happy to report that you will need about 20 minutes, give or take, to make this dish. Throw all-the-things in the pot and you’re done. Stir in some cheese and you’re done-done.

Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta |www.diethood.com | The delicious combination of lemon and cream cheese is spot-on for this easy weeknight one-pot pasta dinner.

That leaves us with an awesome dinner on the stove and enough time to enjoy wine o’clock, alone. If you have little kids, grab that glass and hide in the closet. Bathroom is good, too. Whatever works.
I know how you feel…

ENJOY!

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Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta | www.diethood.com | The delicious combination of lemon and cream cheese is spot-on for this easy weeknight one-pot pasta dinner.
Creamy Lemon One Pot Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
The delicious combination of lemon and cream cheese is spot-on for this easy weeknight one-pot pasta dinner.
Servings: 6
Calories: 373 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1- pound penne pasta
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion , sliced
  • 1/2- cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 4- ounces 1/3 Less-Fat Cream Cheese
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2- cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4- cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley , for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a stockpot, combine pasta, water, vegetable broth, onions, basil leaves, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Cover, cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove cover and continue to cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until pasta is cooked and liquid is absorbed; stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cream cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, mozzarella and parmesan cheese; stir until melted and creamy.
  5. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD

WW SmartPoints: 11

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Lemon One Pot Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 532mg 22%
Potassium 271mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 62g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 9.3%
Vitamin C 7.9%
Calcium 14.8%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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31 Responses
  1. Lilac Mess

    I had this pinned for a long time but had never made a one pot pasta dish and was skeptical. Also, with the exception of me, my family is all about meat. I finally made this as a side dish and it was AMAZING. So easy and so good. All the carnivores loved it as well. I was really hoping to have it for lunch the next day but there was not a single bite left over! Thanks so much for this recipe!! Can’t wait to make it again.

  2. Patti Shank

    If I double this for a crowd (I have a HUGE pot), I’m thinking I shouldn’t quite double all the liquids. What do you think?

  3. Rosanne

    I’d like to make this dish for a pot luck party. If I serve it from a crockpot to keep it warm, will it all gunk together? I know cream cheese gets gummy when it cools down.

  4. Melissa

    Made this as the recipe called for, except added the basil with the cheese. This was my first one pot meal so I was skeptical, but it turned out wonderfully! We will make it again; next time I may add chickpeas and/or roasted red peppers to change it up.

  5. Liz

    Just tried this! It was delicious! We need our meat so added grilled chicken and it was perfect. Also used chicken broth cause that’s all I had.

  6. Sorry to hear about the computer and camera. I hate dealing with the technology part of blogging because I’m not very good at it. But like Laura said, at least you have this amazing bowl of pasta to ease the pain. I’m so going to try this! Been curious about the one pot method and your version has my name written all over it.

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