Lemon Butter Pasta

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Fragrant garlic, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes are sauteed in butter and then tossed with fresh lemon juice and tender pasta to create the Lemon Butter Pasta of which dreams are made.

And before the mushroom haters comment, yes, you can skip them. However, they really are delicious in this recipe, I recommend giving them a chance before ruling them out!

Lemon Butter Pasta with tomatoes, mushrooms, and plenty of garlic

Lemon Butter Sauce for Pasta

I’ve been making this pasta for company, for myself, for family and friends for almost 25 years now. This is the first recipe I think of when I am craving pasta.

My husband enjoys this with some grilled chicken added to it, but I’m quite happy with this pasta alone most of the time.

When we were first married, I often made this Lemon Butter Pasta just for myself on weekends when Sean was out of town.

Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce

Lemon, butter, and garlic are an awesome combination in pretty much any recipe, aren’t they? They truly shine in this sauce along with the mushrooms and tomatoes.

This lemony sauce coats the thin angel hair pasta perfectly and it’s a terrific match for Last Minute Chicken or Crispy Oven Baked Chicken. Chicken is my go-to option with this pasta.

However, Garlic Butter Steak Bites or Pine Nut Crusted Halibut are a couple more delicious ways to serve this meal.

Pan Seared Scallops with Lemon Butter Pasta

Nowadays, when I make this, I double the recipe and cross my fingers for leftovers for my lunch the next day. I’d happily eat this for lunch and dinner all weekend.

For special occasions, my all-time favorite way to serve this pasta is with a few buttery scallops on the side. (The scallop recipe is HERE! will be headed your way on Wednesday and I’m excited to finally be sharing it with you!)

This pasta would also be terrific with some Roasted Lemon Garlic Shrimp.

Lemon Butter Pasta with mushrooms and tomatoes

Lemon Butter Pasta

  1. Cook the pasta, drain and set aside. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for less than a minute, just until it is fragrant.
  2. Add the mushrooms, onions, and the optional chicken base. Saute for about 5 minutes, until the mushrooms and onions are tender.
  3. Add the lemon juice, tomatoes, and white pepper. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the tomatoes are warm.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss well to coat. Serve and sprinkle with cheese, if desired.
Lemon Butter Pasta with tomatoes, mushrooms, and plenty of garlic

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Lemon Butter Pasta with tomatoes, mushrooms, and plenty of garlic

Lemon Butter Pasta with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

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Fragrant garlic, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes are sauteed in butter and then tossed with fresh lemon juice and tender pasta to create the Lemon Butter Pasta of which dreams are made.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 – 8 ounces mushrooms
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion chopped small
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon chicken base
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • juice from 2 small lemons about 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • kosher salt to taste only as needed
  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta
  • Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • fresh Italian Parsley, for serving

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta, drain and set aside. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for less than a minute, just until it is fragrant.
  • Add the mushrooms, onions and the optional chicken base. Saute for about 5 minutes, until the mushrooms and onions are tender.
  • Add the lemon juice, tomatoes, and pepper. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the tomatoes are warm.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss well to coat. Serve and sprinkle with cheese, if desired. Enjoy

Nutrition

Calories: 390kcal · Carbohydrates: 47g · Protein: 11g · Fat: 18g · Saturated Fat: 11g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 45mg · Sodium: 162mg · Potassium: 511mg · Fiber: 3g · Sugar: 4g · Vitamin A: 561IU · Vitamin C: 5mg · Calcium: 32mg · Iron: 2mg
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{originally published 10/26/12 – recipe notes and photos updated 2/8/21}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Becki's Whole Life says

    What a great simple but flavorful pasta dish. I like that it can easy be a meatless meal, but would also taste great with some grilled chicken on top (great for families with different types of eaters.)

  2. Stacy says

    Guess whose husband is going out of town tonight? I see some lovely pasta in my near future! I love the combination of mushrooms, tomatoes and lemon with butter, onions and garlic. Can't wait to try it!

  3. Rebecca says

    Hubby and I have had this twice this week, its amazing!!! I added spinach too the second time and it was the perfect add in.5 stars

  4. Anonymous says

    I have made this a couple time, I just have to tell you that this is FANTASTIC!!!! I sub in a veggie bouillon cube bcuz I am vegetarian.

    It's really excellent!!! 5 stars

  5. Trish Stewart says

    I made this for our date night dinner last night. Oh my goodness, it was delicious! I tried the pan seared scallops but I don’t think the pan was hot enough and the scallops were small, so I got a lot of liquid in the pan. Scallops were done so I tossed it all into the pasta. We cleaned the bowl! Thank you for such a great recipe.5 stars