Lemon Butter Pasta With Chiles Recipe

With all the types of pasta in the world to choose from, it can be difficult narrowing down which recipe you'd like to whip up for a meal. Some pasta dishes, like lasagna, are a little more involved and time-consuming. Others, like buttered noodles or macaroni and cheese, are quite simple to prepare when you don't have much time to spend in the kitchen. But we can all agree that, no matter how complex or simple the pasta dish, they're all equally delicious.

When it comes to landing on a go-to pasta recipe, there are a few factors to look out for. You want the dish to be relatively simple, only requiring a handful of ingredients to make. Flavor is key, and there's no better way to achieve amazing flavor than through spice. Recipe developer and private practice registered dietician Kristen Carli's lemon butter pasta with chiles accomplishes both things. It's a simple recipe with few ingredients, and the spice really helps tie the whole dish together. Carli describes the flavor of this dish as being "buttery, savory, cheesy, with a touch of heat," and when it comes to pasta, it doesn't get much better than that! 

If you're looking to switch up your typical pasta dish or want to add a little bit of heat, this lemon butter pasta with chiles is exactly what you're looking for. Keep reading to learn all the details and, most importantly, how you can make it yourself.

Gather the ingredients to prepare lemon butter pasta with chiles

Before you get started making lemon butter pasta with chiles, you'll need to gather the proper ingredients. Fortunately, this recipe is pretty simple and only requires six ingredients. You'll need pasta shells, unsalted butter, lemon juice, white wine, a chile de árbol, and grated Parmesan cheese. Carli notes that you can use other types of pasta, such as bowtie or elbow, though she likes using kinds that are easy to scoop up. Also, you don't have to be picky about what kind of white wine you use — any kind will suffice for this recipe!

Start by cooking the pasta

The first step in cooking lemon butter pasta with chiles is pretty similar to cooking any other pasta dish. Start by cooking the pasta itself first! You're going to bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once it's boiling, add in your pasta, and cook it according to the package directions. You may also want to toss in a little bit of salt to keep the pasta shells from sticking to one another. Since the pasta will take about 10 minutes to cook, you can get going on the other steps as it cooks, just be sure to keep an eye on it. As soon as the pasta is done cooking, drain the water, and set it aside.

Bring the butter, wine, and lemon juice to a boil

While the pasta itself cooks, you can start working on your sauce. Grab a small saucepan, and put the butter, lemon juice, and white wine inside of it. Bring these ingredients to a boil, and then lower the mixture to a simmer. Go ahead and cook this mixture for about a minute. You'll notice the buttery, lemony aroma start to fill the air — it's just a little sneak peak of how incredible your pasta will taste.

Add the chiles to the lemon butter sauce

After your lemon juice, butter, and white wine mixture has cooked on its own, you can add in the chile de árbol. You'll want to make sure that the chile is finely sliced before you add it into the lemon butter sauce. There aren't any other seasonings or spices in this recipe, and there's a good reason for it! Without the addition of other spices, the chile de árbol can really speak for itself, adding a wonderful depth of flavor to the pasta sauce without being overly spicy. Allow the chile to simmer and cook in the lemon butter sauce for about two minutes, which is just enough time for the spice to absorb.

Add the Parmesan to the lemon butter sauce, and then pour the sauce over the pasta

Once your sauce is done cooking, you can remove it from the heat, and add the Parmesan cheese. Pour these ingredients over the pasta, and then give it a good stir. Finally, you're ready to enjoy! According to Carli, "I recommend serving this with roasted vegetables and a side salad," although you can easily enjoy it all on its own. The savory taste of butter and Parmesan mixed with the acid from the lemon and the spice from the chile will tingle your tastebuds in the best way possible.

If you have leftovers, you're in luck. Simply store the pasta in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to five days. With its simple ingredients and quick preparation, this lemon butter pasta with chiles may just become your new go-to dinner recipe after a busy day!

Lemon Butter Pasta With Chiles Recipe
5 from 30 ratings
If you're looking to switch up your typical pasta dish or want to add a little bit of heat, this lemon butter pasta with chiles is just what you're looking for.
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pasta in a white ramekin
Total time: 16 minutes
  • 1 pound medium shells pasta
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 chile de árbol, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook according to package directions. Drain, and set aside.
  2. In the meantime, add the butter, white wine, and lemon juice to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and lower to a simmer. Cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the sliced chile to the wine butter sauce, and continue to simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove the lemon butter sauce from the heat, and add the Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour the sauce over the pasta. Stir to combine.
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