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Creamy Lemon Garlic Spaghetti

Creamy Lemon Garlic Spaghetti is a super simple and delicious weeknight dinner that everyone will love. Add chicken or pork to make it hearty and flavorful! Ready in about 30 minutes, this is a dinner that is sure to please.

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Spaghetti is one of our favorite quick and easy dinners and it’s perfect to feed a hungry crowd. This recipe has layers of delicious flavors from the simple creamy lemon and garlic sauce and is a great meal to change up the dinner routine.

Creamy Lemon Garlic Spaghetti in a skillet

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Ingredients for Creamy Lemon Garlic Spaghetti:

Ingredients to make Creamy Lemon Garlic Spaghetti with boneless pork

  • Olive Oil
  • Boneless Pork or Chicken
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Lemon
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Honey
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Chili Flakes
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parsley
  • Spaghetti

How to Make Creamy Lemon Garlic Spaghetti:

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  • Cut pork or chicken into bite sized pieces and add to a skillet with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  • Add onions and garlic to the skillet with the browned meat, cooking over medium heat until onions are softened.
  • Next, add butter, zest from the whole lemon and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  • Whisk in dijon mustard, honey, Parmesan cheese and heavy cream.
  • Add chili flakes, and cook for 2 minutes.

Spaghetti in a skillet over lemon sauce

  • Next, add cooked and drained spaghetti.

Over head view Lemon Garlic Spaghetti with pork in a skillet

  • Toss until well combined.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve immediately.

How to Store and Reheat:

Store leftover spaghetti in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheat with 1 tablespoons of milk per cup of spaghetti in a skillet over medium heat. Use tongs to toss the spaghetti to heat through.

Serve spaghetti with a green salad and garlic bread or homemade breadsticks for a hearty supper that everyone can agree on.

30 Minute Meals to Try

Last week we grilled these Lemon Garlic Pork Chops and had one leftover with a bit of sauce and decided to add it to some spaghetti. By the time I had it ready to eat, the whole family was gathered around the kitchen. It made the most delicious leftovers that we made it again the next day for dinner. If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner, this is just the ticket.

 

Skillet of spaghetti and pork chunks

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Yield: 4 servings

Creamy Lemon Garlic Spaghetti

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Easy spaghetti dinner with a creamy lemon garlic sauce and pork or chicken. Great for busy weeknights!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless pork or chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes

Instructions

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Add olive oil to a large skillet with pork or chicken. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring until browned on all sides.
  3. Add onion and garlic, cooking until onions are softened.
  4. Lower heat to simmer and add butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, dijon, honey, cream, parmesan and remaining salt and pepper plus the chili flakes.
  5. Whisk until combined.
  6. Add cooked and drained spaghetti and toss with tongs until spaghetti is completely coated in sauce.
  7. Garnish with parsley if desired and serve immediately.

Notes

Store leftover spaghetti in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheat with 1 tablespoons of milk per cup of spaghetti in a skillet over medium heat. Use tongs to toss the spaghetti to heat through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1047Total Fat: 70gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 236mgSodium: 1462mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 50g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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2 Comments

  1. The directions on the print section do not say when to add the butter. I assumed the correct place to add but thought you would like to know.
    Also a pound of spaghetti seemed like way too much. Only cooked 8 ounces and thought it was more than enough. Just my
    Two cents worth.

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