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Brown Butter and Lemon Pasta with Bacon

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Here’s a quick and easy pasta dish that can be made in less than 30 minutes and tastes like it was made in a restaurant.

It’s so simple to make we’ll need to keep it a secret so we can act like it took us forever to make.  This way maybe someone will volunteer to do the dishes for us.  Not sure if this plan will work but it’s worth a try.

I l.o.v.e. the fresh taste of lemon along with brown butter in this creamy sauce.

And the bacon is the perfect complement to this dish along with capers and fresh raw chopped asparagus.  Ultra delish.

For fun I used these cute little mini bow tie pastas that I found in the grocery store which turned out to be just the right ratio of pasta to sauce.

You know it’s going to taste good when the ingredients are delicious on their own.  So give this quick and easy (our secret) pasta dish a try.  And when you do, don’t be shy with the salt.

Taste test it before adding the salt but I find that there is a point where the salt really brings out the flavor of the lemon and butter cream sauce.

So let’s check out the ingredients.


Butter, lemon, real bacon pieces, capers, light cream, mini bow tie (or regular size) pasta, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, fresh asparagus, and a couple drizzles of olive oil.

Here’s how to make it.


In a large pot, boil water and add salt.


Add the pasta and let cook until al dente.  Set aside.


Heat a large skillet on low to medium heat and add the butter.


As the butter melts, continuously stir.  Keep stirring as the butter starts to foam.


Continue stirring until the butter starts to turn a golden color.


Add the lemon juice, garlic powder…


red pepper flakes, pepper, and


salt.  Stir together.


Add the cream…


…and stir.


Add the bacon…


…and capers.  Give it a quick taste test and add more salt if needed.


Stir together.




add the pasta and stir together until the pasta is coated with sauce.




garnish with fresh chopped asparagus, and lightly drizzle olive oil on top.


Serve while hot, then enjoy.

More pasta recipes:

Mostaccioli pasta with blue cheese and bacon
Smoked sausage and veggie one-skillet meal
Broccoli and pasta with chicken
Bow tie pasta and Italian turkey sausage skillet-meal
Mushrooms and penne in wine sauce

Brown Butter and Lemon Pasta with Bacon

Yield: Serves 3

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 28 minutes


2 cups dry mini bow tie pasta
½ teaspoon salt (for cooking pasta)
3 tablespoons butter
Juice from 1 lemon
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
5 dashes ground black pepper
6 dashes salt (or salt to taste)
1 cup light cream
¼ cup real bacon pieces
2 tablespoons capers
½ cup chopped fresh asparagus
3 drizzles olive oil


In a large pan, boil water and add salt. Add the pasta and boil until al dente. Set aside. Heat a large skillet on low to medium heat and add the butter. Continuously stir as the butter melts. Continue to stir as the butter starts to foam and turn a golden color. Then add the lemon juice, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir together. Add the cream, bacon, capers and stir. Taste test the sauce and add more salt if needed. Add the cooked pasta and stir so that the pasta is coated with the cream sauce. Top with the asparagus and olive oil. Serve while hot.





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  1. Hi there! This looks SO good. I can’t wait to try your recipe. Silly me, I have never had raw asparagus – only cooked. I bet it will be good. And I am going to try the “it was so much work ploy” to get out of doing the dishes too.