Pasta Al Limone Recipe | An Amalfi Style lemon Cream Sauce that’s Worth Every Calorie

Pasta Al Limone Amalfi Lemon Cream Sauce Italian Recipe

This delicious recipe is inspired by the Pasta Al Limone served at the Hotel Santa Caterina in the heart of Amalfi, Italy on my first visit to the Amalfi Coast.

I can still remember the first time I tasted this creamy, zesty pasta while looking out over the deep blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Amalfi, and I was determined to recreate the recipe.

While it has taken over a year to perfect, I think this recipe captures the essence of the dish I had that day, and I hope you enjoy it too!

Pasta Al Limone Recipe Amalfi Santa Caterina

Pasta Al Limone “Amalfi Style” Lemon Cream Pasta

This lemon cream sauce is best when served over fresh pasta, but using dried pasta works well too! Change it up by serving it over ravioli as well. 
Pour yourself a glass of prosecco, cue the Italian music, and enjoy a traditional Italian dish!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 406kcal


  • 8 oz Pasta
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp Grated Lemon Zest
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese


  • Heat oil over medium high heat in either a saute pan or large frying pan.
  • Add finely chopped shallot to the pan and season with salt (24 turns on the salt grinder) and pepper (18 turns on the pepper grinder). Saute the shallots for 4 minutes until softened and be mindful not to burn them.
  • Add heavy whipping cream and lemon zest, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil and cook until sauce thickens (5-6 minutes) then reduce heat to low.
  • Add lemon juice and stir sauce to combine.
  • Cook pasta according to directions. If you are using dried pasta, you can cook the pasta at the same time you are making the sauce. Since cooking fresh pasta only takes a couple of minutes, you can wait and cook it after you finish making the sauce.
  • Once the pasta is ready, use tongs to transfer the pasta to the sauce pan. Once the pasta is completely transferred, toss to combine and coat the noodles. If you want a thicker sauce, turn the heat back up while you toss the sauce and pasta together to thicken it.
  • Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the finely grated parmesan cheese, pour yourself a glass of prosseco and enjoy!


Serving: 2oz | Calories: 406kcal
Tried this recipe? Let me know how it was in the comments!

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1 thought on “Pasta Al Limone Recipe | An Amalfi Style lemon Cream Sauce that’s Worth Every Calorie”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe changed my life! Love it — thanks so much for posting this! We make it at least once a week. Its like a light alfredo with a touch of lemon — it is so good!

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