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Pappardelle pasta with peas and ham and lemon cream sauce served in a white pasta bowl with a gold fork.

Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce - Pasta al Limone

Pasta with Lemon Creme Sauce, ( Pappardelle al Limone ) is made even more delicious by adding slices of ham and peas. A beautiful spring pasta dish that's so special in flavor that you'll want to make it over and over. Perfect for entertaining, pappardelle noodles are drenched in a lemon cream sauce that will have you savoring every single creamy  bite.
Course Main Course Pasta
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 797kcal


  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed dried chili pepper flakes
  • 2 cups half-and-half or cream
  • 4 ounces cooked ham cut into matchsticks or cubed
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 pound pappardelle pasta
  • 3/4 cup Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt
  • 2 lemons zested
  • Lemon wedges optional, for squeezing or garnish


  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute until garlic is fragrant Add the crushed chili and stir.
  • Add cream or half and half, and lemon zest. Gently bring to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, cut the ham into matchsticks or cubes. Add to the cream sauce as soon as you're finished cutting.
  • Cook pasta in 6-8 quarts of boiling salted water until al dente (about 8-10 minutes). Drain, and reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid.
  • When the pasta is cooked and the sauce is done simmering, add the peas and the pasta to the lemon cream sauce and toss well. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water and toss again. Add the grated Parmesan cheese a little at a time, stirring on low heat until cheese is melted and sauce is creamy.
  • Serve immediately with a slice of lemon to squeeze on top.


Calories: 797kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 676mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1080IU | Vitamin C: 51.1mg | Calcium: 382mg | Iron: 2.8mg