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20-Minute creamy Meyer lemon pasta for a weeknight dinner tonight

Meyer lemons are one of the few culinary joys of the winter. Their sweeter, mellow flavor compared to the traditional lemon makes them perfect for cooking with to brighten up any winter dish.

Everyone loves a quick and easy pasta dinner, and that’s exactly what this is. The lemon juice is used to make a creamy goat cheese sauce, and the lemon zest is sprinkled on top for some extra brightness that’s much needed in the middle of a dreary winter day.

This one is on the table in 20 minutes start to finish, and you’ll be over your winter blues with the first bite.

Creamy Meyer lemon pasta recipe

Enjoy the mellow sweetness of Meyer lemons in this quick, easy and healthier pasta dinner.

Serves 2

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Juice of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1/2 pound dried pasta
  • Chopped walnuts, for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta, and cook according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
  3. Once the butter has melted and is hot, add the garlic, and sauté for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  4. Add the flour, and whisk until fully incorporated with the butter. Cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the milk and lemon juice, and whisk for about 3 minutes, until thickened.
  6. Add the goat cheese, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Drain the pasta, and add it to the skillet.
  8. Add the kale and lemon zest, and toss everything together until coated and creamy.
  9. Serve, and garnish with chopped walnuts.

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