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I need to start a new category on the blog called, “Recipes I thought weren’t turning out and ended up being favorites”. It seems to be the recipes that I’m the least bit worried about photographing and the least confident in always end up being my favorites. And not just mine but the whole family’s. But bla, bla, bla about that right? No one wants to hear about how our 8 year old sighed an ugly sigh when I told her we were having creamy garlic lemon butter pasta for dinner, and then how she ended up having two bowls (which never happens) because she loved it so much.

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Or how Cade texted me from the church (he has to be there for interviews on some nights) and asked me to please come quickly with another bowl because it was so gosh darned good. Yes, we live in Utah and our church is literally a 3 minute walk up the road. But no one wants to hear those things right?

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You just want to hear that it’s an easy pasta, creamy, dreamy, and gosh darn delicious. I hear ya. I don’t want to hear people blabbing the same story over and over again either. Yes, I’ve read those blogs too and I’m trying to avoid it. Here are a few if you need a good read, berries and cream crepes where we talk about our miracle baby, Reese’s Pieces Chocolate cookies where we, yes even the readers discuss weird dreams, and there’s always that post about the questions that changed my marriage.

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How Do You Know When Pasta Is Done?

The best way to tell if pasta is done is to take a bite.

It should be al dente, or firm to the taste.

The longer it cooks, the gummier it gets.

So, the old saying “if it sticks to the wall, it is done”, should really say, “if it sticks to the wall, it is overdone!”

Can You Reheat Pasta?

The best way to reheat plain pasta is to place it in a metal strainer and dip it in boiling water until it is hot.

If the pasta is in pasta sauce, heat in a shallow container in the microwave.

How Long Will Pasta Keep?

Dried Pasta will keep 1-2 years beyond the “best by” date.

Cooked pasta will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Creamy Garlic Lemon Butter Pasta

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Creamy Garlic Lemon Butter Pasta

3.77 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1/2 Pound angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 Bunch Asparagus trimmed
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sweet peas defrosted

For the sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 Cup Half and Half
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 3/4 Cup Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • Juice of 1 Lemon


  • Drizzle a little olive oil and salt and pepper over the asparagus and toss to coat.
  • Heat a grill pan over medium high heat and cook the trimmed asparagus for 2-4 minutes, turning occasionally or until tender.
  • Set aside with peas.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and cook until melted and the butter is beginning to turn golden.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds and dump in the flour, whisking quickly.
  • Allow to cook for one minute and then add the broth, half and half and milk.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, and stirring occasionally cook until slightly thickened.
  • Add the lemon zest and juice and then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, heat a pot of water over medium high heat and once boiling, salt the water and add the pasta.
  • Cook according to package directions.
  • Using tongs, lift the pasta straight into the sauce, adding a little pasta water if needed, add the veggies and toss to coat.
  • Serve immediately.


pasta will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Garlic Lemon Butter Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 459
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 48.3mg16%
Carbohydrates 61.9g21%
Fiber 6.2g26%
Sugar 10.1g11%
Protein 14.7g29%
* 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.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

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  • This is very delicious dish. Can we eat this when we are fat and on diet?

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    • Thanks! I wouldn’t call this dish an ideal dish for losing weight at all. There’s quite a bit of fat and carbs.

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  • Great
    we love your skills,
    keep sharing!

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    • Thanks!

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  • Oh my goodness this is heavenly! Thank you for posting it! I have a new go-to easy supper!

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    • Thank you, Emma! I love having a few quick and easy meals in my arsenal for super busy nights!

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  • I made the sauce and tossed it with cheese tortelinis… I served the tortelinith lemon garlic rosemary broiled chicken thighs with a nice crispy skin…. Ohhhh my Lord. HEAVEN!

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    • That pretty much sounds amazing and I’ve got tortellini in the freezer so I’m totally copying you this weekend!

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  • Unable to eat pasta tried this over salmon after adding some chopped scallions. Garnished with a bit more of the scallion tops. Beautiful presentation and wonderful taste.

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    • Oh I can just picture how lovely it must have looked!

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  • So funny! I just created a spring pasta dish with asparagus and peas and it was SO much fun photographing it! This looks totally fabulous!

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    • Well, I’m pretty sure that means we are both awesome. 😉

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  • I love surprise dishes that turn out to be faves! I can see why this was a hit!

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    • Right? And it’s always like that around here. It seems like when I try really hard that’s when it’s not as great.

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  • This has to be the most creamy pasta I have ever seen. I don’t make pasta that often but when I do make it – I like it indulgent, creamy and chees-y, just like this. Definitely saving this recipe!

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    • I’m the exact same!

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  • I love when cream and pasta meet my favorite vegetables. Looks perfect!

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    • Thanks girl!

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  • Hi Carriann,

    I just made your recipe for the Creamy Garlic Lemon Butter Pasta for dinner. It was SO good! I needed a new ‘go-to’ recipe, and this was it! So yummy! (PS. I’m Lauren Grier’s mama – from Climbing Grier Mountain) I saw your recipe reading her blog. : )

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    • Oh my goodness, Geri your sweet comment just made my night! Lauren is such an amazing person and of course chef which I’m sure is all thanks to you. So glad you enjoyed it!! xoxo

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  • There’s no better feeling than when Josh asks me for seconds. 🙂 Glad it turned out better that you expected. The dish sure does look incredible!!

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    • Right? And we’ve been married for 1 billion years but dang, I still love it!

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  • That pasta looks so rich and creamy Carrian! And I’m all about the asparagus right now too- perfect for a light dinner to ring in spring!

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    • Totally. I feel like I’m not using it to its full potential either so you just feel free to send me recipes as you make them

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  • So pretty! And the flavors you can’t beat!

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    • Thanks so much Lauren!

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  • This is the perfect weeknight dinner to welcome in spring, or a side for chicken or fish. Easy peasy! Literally 🙂

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    • Thanks Heidi! Hope you’re well!

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  • All these eye popping healthy greens make me think (despite the 4 feet of snow out my front door in Buffalo, NY!!!) that spring WILL come despite my fears. Asparagus and peas are the best!! A friend of mine from church actually admitted that she sits in the car when by herself and cries about the snow! oh dear.

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    • Oh my goodness! That is definitely sad but totally understandable

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