Greek Pasta with Lemon Alfredo Sauce

Are you looking for a delicious twist on traditional pasta? Try this Greek pasta with lemon alfredo sauce recipe! The addition of lemon to alfredo brightens the creamy sauce and gives it a tangy flavor. It’s quick and easy to make, perfect for busy weeknights or weekend dinners. Your family and friends will love this tasty and refreshing twist on classic pasta!

Greek pasta with lemon alfredo sauce on two plates, parmesan cheese, and a lemon.

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Homemade Pasta Sauce

Whenever you make up a fresh pasta sauce, it just tastes better. I promise once you begin to make your own pasta sauces at home, picking up a jar of the premade stuff, won’t be what comes to mind.

You may be asking yourself, what makes this sauce so good? If you like Alfredo sauce, this is a wonderful change. Sometimes during the winter, if you are lucky enough to get a Meyer lemon, I would use one of those lemons if you have them available, but honestly, any fresh lemon will do.

Cheesy pasta sauce is what made me start making Copykat recipes years ago, so my heart always has a special place for a nice creamy pasta sauce.

The lemon Alfredo sauce is gluten-free. If you want a gluten-free meal, use gluten free pasta.

What Makes Greek Pasta With Lemon Alfredo Sauce So Good? 

Alfredo sauce is delicious, but it can feel more than a little bit heavy on the tongue. This Greek style pasta sauce uses citrus to lighten up an Italian classic with spectacular results.

Far from being overly acidic, the lemon juice in this Greek pasta dish helps to balance out the more decadent characteristics of traditional Alfredo sauce, giving it a distinct and refreshing summery brightness. 

Why You Should Try This Greek Alfredo Pasta 

While not a real avgolemono, the famous Greek egg and lemon juice sauce, lemon Alfredo sauce certainly has some similarities regarding the flavor. It is a very quick and simple cream sauce to make, guaranteed to impress diners. What more could you want from a pasta sauce? 

Greek Penne Pasta Ingredients 

For the sauce, you’ll need:

  • Heavy cream
  • Unsalted butter
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

For completing the Greek pasta recipe, you’ll need:

  • Penne pasta
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Capers (optional)
  • Parsley (optional)
Greek pasta with lemon alfredo sauce ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Notes

Grate your Parmesan cheese fresh if you can, don’t use the stuff in the green jar. Often pre-shredded cheese doesn’t melt quite as well. Special ingredients are added to shredded cheese to keep it separated, making the sauce lumpy and causing the cheese not to melt smoothly.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice will give you the best flavor for this dish. Since you will be zesting it, try to use an organic lemon. 

To cook the pasta:

  1. Prepare the pasta to al dente according to the package instructions. 
  2. Five minutes before the pasta is ready, it is time to start preparing the sauce. See below.
  3. Drain the pasta. 

To prepare the lemon Alfredo sauce:

  1. Wash the lemon well and dry it with a clean kitchen towel.
  2. Zest the lemon with a microplane. Be sure to zest only the outer skin and leave the white pith alone. Put the zest aside. 
  3. Juice the lemon and reserve the lemon juice for later.
  4. In a saucepan or large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter.
  5. Stir in the heavy cream. 
  6. Continue stirring, and when the first bubbles appear, add the grated parmesan cheese. 
  7. When the cheese melts, turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice and zest. 
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Remove the saucepan from the stove and cover it to keep the sauce warm.

To plate the pasta with lemon Alfredo sauce:

  1. Return the drained pasta to the pasta pot.
  2. Pour the warm sauce into the pasta pot. 
  3. Toss gently to coat the pasta and plate.
  4. Garnish with parmesan cheese and optional fresh parsley and capers. 
Collage of making pasta with lemon alfredo sauce.
Greek pasta with lemon alfredo sauce, a lemon, and a small dish of parmesan cheese.

What to Serve With It 

Pair the pasta with garlic bread or a mixed salad with a simple Italian salad dressing.

Feel free to add a few extra ingredients to your pasta sauce. Cooked veggies such as asparagus, broccoli, spinach, peas, or zucchini are lovely. You may also consider topping the pasta with chunks of grilled chicken or shrimp. 

How to Store the Leftovers 

Although it is best to use this sauce soon after making it, you can save it in the refrigerator for a few days. Keep the sauce and pasta in two separate airtight containers to prevent the pasta from getting soggy. The sauce will thicken and may form a skin on the surface. That is okay. 

Do not freeze pasta with lemon Alfredo sauce.

What’s the Best Way to Reheat Greek Lemon Pasta

The best method of rewarming the sauce is in a saucepan over low heat. You will need to add some more heavy cream to help thin out the sauce. You can use whole milk if you don’t have any more heavy cream. 

Heat the sauce slowly and stir continuously to prevent the sauce from burning. You don’t want it to simmer. 

To reheat the pasta, boil water and dump the pasta in the water for about 45 seconds. Drain and toss with warm sauce. 

Overhead view of Greek pasta with lemon alfredo sauce on two plates.

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Greek pasta with lemon alfredo sauce on two plates, parmesan cheese, and a lemon.

Greek Pasta with Lemon Alfredo Sauce

Greek pasta with lemon Alfredo sauce is a delicious twist on a traditional dish.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 684kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese plus more to garnish
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces penne pasta cooked according to package directions
  • parsley to garnish (optional)
  • capers to garnish (optional)


  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the heavy cream.
  • When the mixture begins to bubble, add the Parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese has melted and the mixture is well blended.
  • Mix in the lemon juice and lemon zest and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a bowl, combine the cooked pasta with the prepared sauce and mix well.
  • Garnish with some additional Parmesan cheese, parsley, or a few capers, if desired.


This dish does not reheat well, so plan to enjoying it in one sitting. You might choose to serve it with some fried chicken cutlets and a glass of white wine.


Calories: 684kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 629mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1760IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 0.9mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Yayforme

    5 stars
    I did a healthier modification to this recipe. Instead of heavy cream, I used almond milk. Instead of butter, I used about a tablespoon of coconut oil. I thickened it with some cornstarch and used the above measurements for the rest. I also added capers.. yum yum. (Just incase anyone wants to make a lighter version) It turned out to be very delicious.

  2. Jmadrigal29

    Is this just the sauce they use for it? does it taste exactly or close enough to sweet tomatoes? I could of been mistaken but I thought I seen them put pesto in it

    • Anonymous

      I am not sure I understand your question. I made the recipe as close as the one that I tried from them. Now, they have 100s of recipes that they serve. So this was the recipe that I made in response to the one I tried. There wasn’t any pesto in the recipe I tried.

  3. Judy

    I am off to the store to make this recipe for tomorrow and serve with a baked mustard brown sugar ham. It looks delicious.. Thanks for posting..

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