Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta

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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!

A white plate next to a spoon is filled with creamy pasta topped with herbs

Creamy Lemon One-Pot Pasta

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.

A dark pot filled with pasta and fresh onions and herbs

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’.

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…


5 from 1 vote
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

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WW Freestyle: 12
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
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!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 373


  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Creamy Lemon One Pot Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 532mg22%
Potassium 271mg8%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 465IU9%
Vitamin C 6.5mg8%
Calcium 148mg15%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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.

Keywords: 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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21 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.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Rosanne!!

      I think as long as you keep it warm, or even hot in the crock pot, it should be fine. But yeah, don’t let it cool down – cream cheese likes to act up. 😉

  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. Zummi

    Had this for lunch today! I had all the ingredients in the house and it was super delicious and so easy to make! Thank you for another amazing recipe 🙂

  7. amanda @ fake ginger

    My camera’s been dying a slow death for months now but it’s SO hard to spend the money on a new one. This looks amazing! I bet my kids would love it!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Yes! I don’t wanna spend that kinda money, either. BUT this one is SO done with me. I might go the refurbished route… it can’t be that bad, can it?! 😀

  8. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Oh no! So sorry about the computer and even more about the camera! This pasta does look like it could turn any day for the better! LOVE one pot dinners!

  9. Jean @ Lemons & Anchovies

    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.

  10. Maria | Pink Patisserie

    Looks so darn good! I know exactly now what I’ll be making for dinner tonight! Does the advice for wine in the closet extend to moms of teenagers? Because I’m all over that one! 🙂

  11. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I want to inhale the entire pot! Love all that lemony goodness. Sorry about the technology woes, but at least you have carb-y goodness to comfort you ;).

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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