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Caramelized Lemon Pappardelle 🍋 Lemon pastas are one of my favorite things EVER, but this one has to be one of the best ones I have made. If you love lemon like me, you have to try my Lemon Parm Pastina!

Why You’ll Love Caramelized Lemon Pappardelle

This recipe is creamy, lemony and perfect, buuut don’t take my word for it, try it and let me know what you think. It is topped with the most DELICIOUS crispy za’atar parmigiano crumble to give it that touch of crunch!


You can substitute the pappardelle for your favorite type of pasta. I used parmigiano, but you can substitute for your favorite cheese.

Caramelized Lemon Pappardelle

By Nadia Aidi
Caramelized Lemon Pappardelle 🍋 topped with the most DELICIOUS crispy za’atar parmigiano crumble.


  • 2 lemon, 1 thinly sliced & the other whole
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup parmigiano reggiano, freshly grated + more for topping
  • 1 tbsp za’atar
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 8-10 oz pappardelle


  • Add 2/3 cup parmigiano reggiano to a baking sheet, mix in the za’atar and grate a bit of lemon zest. Mix with your hands
  • Bake at 375F for 6-8 min until golden but not burnt. Let it cool
  • In a pan, melt 1 tbsp of butter. Once bubbling, arrange your lemon slices and let them caramelize on medium low heat for about 4-5 min per side. Sprinkle the 1/2 tsp sugar among them before flipping and a pinch of salt
  • Once lemons are super soft, drag them around the pan to sort of deglaze the stuck on bits and remove
  • Cook your pasta in salted water until almost al dente (2 min less than package directions)
  • Chop until finely minced and return to the pan, add in the mascarpone and 1 ladle of pasta water. Mix it well. Squeeze a tiny bit of lemon (1 tsp max)
  • Add a bit of pasta water to the remaining parmigiano and mix
  • Add your pappardelle to your sauce and parmigiano. Mix until all creamy and incorporated, about 2 minutes
  • Turn heat off and add in butter. Emulsify. Season to taste at this point
  • Serve with parmigiano & the parm za’atar crumble


Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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