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The BEST Creamy Baked Lemon Noodles Recipe

This Creamy Baked Lemon Noodles recipe is an easy, delicious comfort food side dish that everyone in your family will love.

If you’re looking for more recipes that feature lemon as the star ingredient, How to Make Lemon Bars and Homemade Lemon Ice are two desserts to try.  

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Why you’ll love this recipe

This tasty recipe combines the zesty freshness of lemon with the indulgent creaminess of a rich sauce, making it the perfect choice for a cozy side dish for chicken or fish.

When I worked at a hotel, our catering department had an emergency, and I was called to help. The side dish for the catering event was ruined, and they didn’t have the ingredients on hand to duplicate the recipe.

I whipped up this recipe for creamy baked lemon noodles for 25 people instead. The group met at our hotel once a month and they demanded this creamy pasta be added to the rotating menu.

This simple lemon pasta recipe with a handful of ingredients makes a great addition for a special occasion meal or an easy dinner night.

What you’ll need

  • Penne Pasta – I used penne pasta, but you can substitute other pastas for penne.
  • Butter – the recipe calls for salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter if you’re watching your sodium intake.
  • Sour Cream – for giving the sauce its creaminess.
  • Lemon – use fresh lemons for best results. You’ll also need grated lemon peel in this recipe.
  • Parmesan Cheese – adds a rich and savory depth of flavor to pasta dishes.
  • Parsley – gives the pasta a vibrant burst of freshness and elevates the presentation with bright green color. I use flat-leaf parsley.

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Creamy Baked Lemon Penne Pasta
Creamy Baked Lemon Penne Pasta with Fresh Parsley

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Creamy Baked Lemon Noodles with Penne Pasta, Sour Cream, Lemon Juice, and Butter Sauce
Creamy Baked Lemon Noodles with Penne Pasta, Sour Cream, Lemon Juice, and Butter Sauce

Recipe for Creamy Baked Lemon Noodles

Simple Ingredients

1 pound penne pasta

1/4 pound butter

1 pint of sour cream

1 lemon, juiced

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Parmesan cheese, to taste

1/4 cup minced parsley

freshly ground black pepper

Directions for Creamy Baked Lemon Pasta

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2) Cook the pasta according to the package instructions to al dente in a large pot of salted water.

3) Drain noodles, and place cooked pasta in a baking dish.

4) In a small saucepan, melt butter and then stir in sour cream, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest over medium heat.

5) Pour butter mixture over the hot pasta and toss. Sprinkle on the desired amount of parmesan cheese.

6) Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

7) Remove from oven. Sprinkle on minced parsley and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

8) Toss pasta and serve immediately.

Tips for Making Creamy Lemon Pasta Recipe

  • You can substitute any pasta for the penne pasta. The original recipe called for spaghetti.
  • Greek yogurt can be used instead of sour cream for a healthier version.
  • To make a cute garnish, take a slice of lemon and make a slit in the middle 3/4 the way up.  Twist the lemon and put it on top of your dish before serving.
  • I used a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish, and it fit perfectly.
  • You can add minced fresh garlic to make this creamy lemon garlic pasta.
  • Add red pepper flakes for a little kick to this recipe.
  • You can top the creamy lemon sauce pasta with fresh basil, chives, or green onions instead of parsley.
  • Serve the lemon noodles with homemade garlic bread.
  • To make this pasta a main dish, add cooked chicken to the mixture before cooking.

How long does Creamy Lemon Pasta last in the refrigerator?

When properly stored in an airtight container, Creamy Baked Lemon Noodles will last 3-4 days in the fridge. To reheat pasta, add a little bit of heavy cream.

Can you freeze Creamy Lemon Penne Pasta?

This easy lemon pasta recipe has dairy and freezing is not recommended. When you thaw dairy, it will take on a grainy texture.

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Let me know in the comments below if you tried penne pasta with lemon cream sauce and what you thought. It’s an easy weeknight dinner recipe with simple ingredients the whole family will love.

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Susan Branch's Creamy Baked Lemon Noodles Recipe
Yield: 8 Servings

Creamy Baked Lemon Noodles

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These creamy baked lemon noodles are one of those recipes that will have you craving them all the time. Sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest, and parmesan cheese make these noodles the perfect side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 1 pint of sour cream
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Parmesan cheese, to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley
  • Freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  3. Drain noodles, and place in a baking dish.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt butter and then stir in sour cream, lemon juice, and lemon peel.
  5. Pour butter mixture over pasta and toss.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese, minced parsley, and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  8. Toss pasta and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 301Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 62mgSodium 121mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 5g

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Shell

Tuesday 29th of August 2023

This was very dry ? I used gluten free noodles do you think that was it ? Also could cream cheese be substituted for more rich feel And less dry?

Kelly

Tuesday 29th of August 2023

Hello Shell! I think it was because of your noodles. I've made this so many times - and it's never been dry. I'm sorry it didn't work for you. - Kelly

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Patricia Lajko

Monday 22nd of January 2018

Delicious!? Very creamy and lemony. Something different. We enjoyed it very much! Thanks!

Kelly

Monday 22nd of January 2018

Hello Patricia! I'm so glad you wrote in! I'm glad you liked it - it's a bit different from other noodle dishes! Thanks again, Kelly

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