Dish Dish

Creamy, Lemony Pasta

4 servings


15 minutes

total time


Kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal) and black pepper

1 pound short curly pasta, such as cavatappi, fusilli or farfalle

1 large lemon, zested and juiced (about 1 tablespoon zest and 3 tablespoons juice)

A heaping ¾ cup grated Parmesan, plus more as needed

1/4 cup labneh or other thick, strained whole-milk yogurt, such as Greek or skyr, drained if necessary

2 scallions, green and white parts, sliced


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, adjust the heat to maintain a gentle boil, and cook until just shy of al dente, 2 to 3 minutes less than the package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain the pasta, then return to the pot on the stove over medium-low heat.

Stir in 3/4 cup of the pasta water and half the lemon juice. Add several grinds of black pepper, then gradually add the Parmesan, stirring vigorously between additions to prevent clumping, until a silky sauce has formed. Add a tablespoon of water at a time as needed to make a creamier sauce if it looks dry. Stir in the labneh, remaining lemon juice, lemon zest and scallions until creamy and combined, about 1 minute more. Season with salt as needed. Finish with another grind of pepper and serve immediately.


Serving Size




Total Fat

11 g

Saturated Fat

6 g

Unsaturated Fat

4 g

Trans Fat

0 g




471 mg

Total Carbohydrate

90 g

Dietary Fiber

5 g

Total Sugars

5 g


30 g

4 servings


15 minutes

total time
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