This recipe is sponsored by Target. A few years ago, we were in Florida visiting Ryan’s parents on his birthday. I asked him what he wanted for dinner and he said, “lemon pasta.” I had never made him lemon pasta before, so I wasn’t quite sure where that came from, but it was his birthday, so I got working on it. All of us fell in love with this recipe, and it’s become a part of our regular rotation.
Bring a large pot of aggressively salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the farfalle and cook for 1 to 2 minutes less than the package instructions, until al dente. Drain and reserve 3/4 cup (180 milliliters) of the pasta water.
While the pasta cooks, make the sauce: In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the lemon zest and juice. Add 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) of the pasta water and bring to a low simmer. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the pasta to the skillet and toss to coat in the sauce. Stir in the cream and the remaining 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) pasta water if it is dry. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese. Serve with freshly ground black pepper and more Parmesan.
Adapted and reprinted from “It’s Not Complicated: Simple Recipes for Every Day” by Katie Lee Biegel. Published by Abrams.