nutritional information

Per 1-cup serving:

  • Calories: 343
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Total Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45 g
  • Cholesterol: 21 mg
  • Sodium: 294 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 4 g

Linguine in Lemon Cream Sauce

Linguine in Lemon Cream Sauce

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

The Italian version of this dish calls for heavy cream, which we’ve replaced with equally rich-tasting light cream cheese.
  • 8 oz. dry linguine
  • ½ cup light cream cheese
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced and 1 Tbs. zest grated
  • ½ cup chopped parsley

1. Cook linguine according to package directions in pot of boiling salted water.

2. Warm cream cheese, oil, and 2 Tbs. lemon juice in saucepan over low heat.

3. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Stir reserved cooking water into cream cheese mixture. Add pasta, lemon zest, and parsley; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

September 2010 p.28

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Althought it has some great comments, I really did not like this dish , the lemon was way to overpowering. I could not tone it down. If you insist on trying only use a fourth of what it says for the lemon. I will not be retrying

Liyah - 2015-07-30 00:45:32

Super quick and easy. Delicious and refreshing. I used go veggie garlic and chive cream cheese and zucchini and squash ribbons for pasta. added mushrooms too.

Angela Contento - 2015-05-21 23:15:28

This is awesome because I have cream cheese but no heavy cream. :)

Victoria - 2015-04-16 23:09:51

Substitute Greek yogurt for the cream cheese. :-)

Bev - 2015-04-16 10:20:37


Tracey - 2015-04-15 21:58:43

I loved this dish. I used vegan cream cheese instead of real cream cheese, and it was wonderful. My family loved it. I happened to serve it with the "Brussels Sprouts, Radicchio, and Pickled Red Onion Salad", which actually paired really well.

Deborah Sakamoto - 2015-01-19 07:21:12


Regiane - 2014-04-04 01:31:53

This sounds simple and wonderful.

Nancy - 2014-04-03 23:06:08

This was tasty. And easy. Not amazing - but good enough! I listened to comments below and I'm glad I did otherwise this recipe would have been soooo boring and not even that good. I added a teaspoon of crushed garlic, half cup of Parmesan cheese and steamed broccoli at the end. Tossed it all around and was tasty and filling for dinner - nice. Also, I used penne noodles bc I didn't have enough linguine on hand for my family of two adults and two young children.

Lia - 2014-04-03 21:38:19

next time I'll omit the water. it took the creamy out of the cheese. otherwise, a wonderful dressing. i used veggies instead of pasta.

Marian - 2014-01-12 23:37:37

I made this with fat free Greek yogurt from trader joes. It came out super yummy. I also did not use the olive oil

Kisha - 2013-10-29 00:28:21

How about make this vegan and use cashew cream instead?

Ysol - 2013-10-25 12:47:19

This was AMAZING. I cut the recipe in half to serve just two but kept the same amount of lemon juice - extra lemon, just the way I like it. :)

Rose M - 2013-06-12 14:36:10