Creamy Lemon Thyme Pasta

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"This recipe is one I created with the fresh thyme out of my garden last year. I made Peppermint_Patty's Philly Cream Cheese Sauce recently and decided to post this recipe as it is similar to hers."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (189.7 g)
  • Calories 632.9
  • Total Fat - 19.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 31.8 mg
  • Sodium - 415.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 93.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 13.2 g
  • Sugars - 0.6 g
  • Protein - 24.1 g
  • Calcium - 544.6 mg
  • Iron - 2.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Cook pasta in boiling salted water.

Step 2

Warm cheese, lemon juice and oil in large saucepan over low heat; stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Add fresh thyme and stir; set aside.

Step 4

Drain cooked pasta, reserving 1 cup (or more if needed )cooking water.

Step 5

Stir reserved cooking water into cream cheese mixture.

Step 6

Add pasta and lemon zest, toss to coat adding more cooking water if necessary.

Step 7

Season with salt and pepper if desired; top with a grating of Asiago or Parmesan.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Great lemony flavor is creamy cheese sauce. Would be good with some cooked salad shrimp stirred in.

review by:
(14 Jul 2022)


Tweaked this to our tastes by adding half the cream cheese. It still made a nice creamy sauce. We used lemon thyme from the garden, and I tossed in some grilled artichokes hearts from the frig. It came out very well!

review by:
(15 Dec 2016)


Simplicity but oh so tasty with a sharpness of lemon which I thoroughly enjoyed, the only change I made was from a suggestion from Giada which showed today was to put my pasta on top of the sauce and then grate the cheese over and then mix the lot together in the pot and then add some cheese when serving which is my case was parmesan and with a simple garden salad on the side made for a very satisfying dinner, thank you Luvcookn made for Billboard Recipe Tage game.

review by:
(21 Sep 2016)


What a great dish! So fast to make and so fresh and flavorful.

review by:
(16 Oct 2014)


This delicious lemony rice was just what I was looking for to have with Chicken Piccata and it will go with other things that I will make it often as a side!

review by:
(29 Sep 2013)


My family loves pasta and I knew this would be one we liked. I made it and added shrimp in the mix. They were a great addition and the pasta was excellent. We will have this many times!

review by:
(11 Sep 2013)