Pasta with Lemon Garlic Sauce – Perfect “Summer Spaghetti”

On Monday night, I was itching to grill chicken. It was a gorgeous day. And eating inside was just not an option.  It was just too nice not to be outside.

I did a “small batch” of chicken on the grill. And decided it would be best to use up one of my free boxes of pasta noodles, and pair it with the $.99 broccoli that’s on sale this week!  Ya know, cuz this is how I roll!

I thought about doing a simple olive oil and garlic for the pasta, and didn’t want to do a tomato based sauce…so I ended up making a lemon garlic sauce that was the perfect flavor and “lightness” for summer.  This might just becoming my “Summer Spaghetti.”

This recipe turned out to have lots of “4”s…if you count the 2 lemons as halves. :)

And don’t be alarmed if you garlic turns blu-ish turquiose. It’s a chemical reaction thing that happens when the lemon juice and the garlic react over the heat. At one point in my life, I was interested in chemical reactions and such. But it seems that part of my brain was damaged or destroyed since bearing children. 😉

Delish, delish, delish…despite the blue garlic.

This might just becoming my “Summer Spaghetti.”

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Pasta with Lemon Garlic Sauce


  • 4 Tbsp butter or margarine ($.25)
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed ($.10)
  • 4 lemon halves…or 2 lemons, juiced ($.50)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. linguine or spaghetti noodles (free)
  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled and sliced ($1.88)
  • 2 broccoli heads, steamed ($.49)


  • Cook the noodles according to the package. Drain. Don’t rinse.
  • In the same saucepan that you cooked the noodles, melt the butter and saute the crushed garlic cloves for 30 seconds to a minute.  Then squeeze the juice from the lemons and watch the garlic turn blue.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.  Season with some salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and toss the noodles back into the sauce.
  • Serve Pasta with Lemon Garlic Sauce with grilled chicken strips and steamed broccoli.

Cost $3.22

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  1. mary w says

    I always zest a lemon (or lime) before juicing. The zest will add another lemon layer to the dish – for zero additonal cost. In this meal you could add to the pasta or sprinkle the zest on the broccoli.

  2. Michelle Harris says

    I do this but use olive oil instead of butter (even thought that sounds delish). I saute garlic and red pepper flakes in the olive oil, then mix in the noodles, chicken and lemon juice. Top with some parmesan cheese for a nice finishing touch!

  3. Monica says

    I rarely write reviews, but this recipe is so simple, yet the result is fantastic. I’ve tried a lot of sauces. I made this with 8 oz of bow tie pasta, (reduced the butter and garlic by 1/2), and when I took my first bite, I was in heaven. Added a few sprinkles of parsley at the end.

  4. Nina says

    Wonderful recipe! Was looking for a light sauce for the pasta I wanted to cook tonight and stumbled upon this site. I used to work in an Italian restaurant a few years ago and this is exactly what their garlicky pasta tasted like! Very very good! I poured 1-2 tbsp of olive oil to the butter/garlic/lime mixture for added flavor. Thank you very much for the quick and tasty recipe! Thank you from my hubby too hehehe!

  5. Kelly says

    Thanks for the recipe! I made this with Orzo and added some olive oil to simmer with the garlic & butter. I had some asparagus and mushroom that needed using, so I sautéed those in the butter mixture as well. After adding the pasta back into the sauce, I needed more liquid so I added about 1/2 to 1 cup of the pasta water back into the sauce. Absolutely delicious! The only thing I would do different next time would be to use the juice from one lemon instead of two.

  6. says

    Your recipe is dead on. I wanted to say though – if you don’t want the garlic to turn blue – all you have to do is make sure it’s fully sauteed before you add any lemon. Generally I find if they are fully cooked before adding the lemon – you get pretty looking garlic and the dish tastes the same.

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