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Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta

This Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta is made with a delicious combination of lemon and cream cheese for an easy weeknight dinner. Everyone is sure to love this creamy one pot pasta!

If you love lemon pasta recipes you should so try my Creamy Lemon Shrimp Pasta or this Chicken Piccata Pasta!

Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta

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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.

A dark pot filled with pasta and fresh onions and herbs

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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’.

A dark pot filled with pasta and a wooden spoon

I Love How Easy And Delicious This Lemon Pasta Is

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.

A square white plate filled with Creamy Lemon Pasta

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…


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

Katerina | Diethood
This Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta is made with a delicious combination of lemon and cream cheese for an easy weeknight dinner. Everyone is sure to love this creamy one pot pasta!
5 from 1 vote
Servings : 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 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


  • In a stockpot, combine pasta, water, vegetable broth, onions, basil leaves, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Cover, cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Remove cover and continue to cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until pasta is cooked and liquid is absorbed; stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cream cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest, mozzarella and parmesan cheese; stir until melted and creamy.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley.
  • Serve.




Calories: 373 kcal | Carbohydrates: 62 g | Protein: 14 g | Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 21 mg | Sodium: 532 mg | Potassium: 271 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 465 IU | Vitamin C: 6.5 mg | Calcium: 148 mg | Iron: 1.2 mg | Net Carbs: 60 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: creamy lemon pasta, easy pasta recipes, lemon pasta recipe, one pot dinner, one pot meals, one pot meals vegetarian, one pot pasta, recipe for one pot pasta
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