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Baked Lemon Pasta

I’ve been wanting to try The Pioneer Woman’s Baked Lemon Pasta for a while now and I thought that there is no time better than the first of summer to give it a go. We thought it was actually pretty yummy! I think it’s a quick and easy dish to have during the summer. You aren’t slaving over the oven all day, but it still comes out delicious. We did go ahead and add some chicken to ours just so that we could have a little protein with the meal, but you can do it either way.

Recipe by The Pioneer Woman


How Do You Tell If Pasta Is Done?

The only way to know if pasta is done, is to taste it.

Pasta should be cooked to el dente, or firm to the taste.

If your pasta sticks to the wall, it is way over cooked!

Is Thin Spaghetti and Angel Hair Pasta The Same?

Thin pasta is slightly thicker than angel hair pasta.

Thin spaghetti and angel hair pasta can be used interchangeably.   

Can You Substitute Plain Yogurt For Sour Cream?

Yes, yogurt can be substituted for sour cream.

You can use regular plain yogurt, but it is much thinner than sour cream.

The yogurt closest in texture and flavor to regular sour cream is whole-milk Greek yogurt.

Baked Lemon Pasta

Baked Lemon Pasta

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound Spaghetti Thin
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter Salted
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 Lemon Juiced And Zested
  • 2 cups Sour Cream We used Plain Low Fat Yogurt
  • ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt Or More To Taste
  • Parmesan Cheese Plenty Of Grated
  • Parsley Flat-leaf, Chopped
  • Extra Lemon Juice We added One Boneless Skinless Chicken breast cooked and sliced thin


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cook spaghetti until al dente.
  • In a skillet, melt butter with olive oil over LOW HEAT.
  • When butter is melted, add minced garlic.
  • Squeeze lemon juice into the pan.
  • Turn off heat.
  • Add sour cream and stir mixture together.
  • Add lemon zest and salt. Taste, then add more salt if necessary.
  • Pour mixture over drained spaghetti and stir together, then pour spaghetti into an oven safe dish.
  • Bake, covered, for 15 minutes.
  • Then remove foil and bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes. (Don’t bake too long or the pasta will dry out.)
  • When you remove it from the oven, squeeze a little more lemon juice over the top. Top generously with Parmesan cheese, then chopped parsley.
  • Give it a final squeeze of lemon juice at the end.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Lemon Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 815 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 490mg21%
Potassium 452mg13%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1066IU21%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 163mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • Hi, I commented earlier, but wanted to say that we had this tonight for dinner. I added a bit of thyme and green onion…and some chicken like you did. My family of five ate it like they hadn't seen food recently! Thanks! I have never tried a PW recipe before and you gave me the idea. Joni

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  • Okay, this sounds perfect!

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  • I will have to save this one for my hubby, he is crazy over lemons. Looks raelly great.

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  • This looks yummy AND something that my family would like. I am a huge fan of lemons. Joni

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