Quick and Easy Lemon Pasta with Greens Recipe

Want a refreshing dinner that is quick and easy to prepare? Well, you’ve just found it. You can whip this sucker up and make a salad in 10 – 15 minutes flat. It’s one of my favorite Wednesday or Thursday night recipes, and not just because my preschoolers love it. Enjoy!

Tools Needed

  • A Zester/Grater


  • 1 small-medium lemon
  • 5-6 handfuls of spinach, arugula, or baby kale
  • 1 container of creme fraiche  (7.5 oz)
  • Salt (1/2 tsp – adjust to taste)
  • 2 handfuls of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 box/bag of fresh or dried pasta


  1. Bring water to a boil and add in pasta.
  2. While water is heating and/or pasta is cooking, make the sauce:
    1. Zest the lemon over a bowl.
    2. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of one half of the lemon into the bowl. Reserve the other lemon half.
    3. Add all the creme fraiche, two handfuls of parmesan, and salt to the bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. On a cutting board or plate, roughly chop or tear the greens (spinach, arugula, or baby kale) into large pieces.
  4. Once the pasta is done, drain it and put the pasta back into the cooking pot. Add the pasta sauce and the greens. Stir to combine.
  5. Taste the final result and adjust seasoning by adding more lemon juice, salt, or parmesan as needed until the dish is to your liking.
  6. Enjoy!

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