Who else here loves a creamy, buttery, lemony pasta?! I’m all about putting lemons into desserts, but lately, I’ve been craving that lemony taste for dinner too. I’m a huge fan of adding lemon zest to everything I cook, but this dish goes one step further and pairs fresh lemon juice with vegan butter for the perfectly smooth and buttery lemon flavor. This easy Vegan Lemon Butter Pasta with Peas & Charred Leeks is sure to be the perfect spring pasta dish for any occasion!
Let’s get right to that lemon pasta recipe already: Jump to Recipe
A Love Affair with Lemons
My love affair with lemons truly started with these Vegan Lemon Scones topped with candied lemons. I still remember getting my first box of Imperfect Produce and having 6 lemons and not knowing what to do with them. Before I made these scones, I was only using lemons for the zest or the occasional time a recipe called for a squeeze of lemon.
Well, let’s just say I no longer have the problem of what to make when I’m faced with a bag of lemons. Between candying them, drying them to top my Vegan Lemon Olive Oil Cupcakes, or squeezing them into a Pomegranate Lemon Rosé Spritzer; the possibilities are truly endless.
My love runs for lemons runs so deep that I recently sat down for a consult on designing my logo (eek!) and requested lemons be included. Logo coming soon, but rest assured, it includes some gorgeous lemons!
A Good Lemon Sauce Doesn’t Need Much
What I love so much about this recipe is that lemons are at the forefront of the flavors in this dish. This recipe only calls for 2 Tbsp of lemon juice and a little zest, but if you’ve ever made a lemon sauce, you’ll know that’s more than enough to get a good tangy flavor.
Truth is, sometimes I get bored of the usual tomato sauce or pesto sauce. This sauce is truly a light, buttery, easy to make sauce that will spice up your weeknight dinner plans. While I paired my pasta with peas and charred leeks, I definitely think this sauce would work with broccoli, asparagus, or really any green veggie! I know for a fact this vegan lemon butter sauce is great all on its own or topped with some vegan parmesan for the ultimate comfort food.
Some Tools You Need to Make This Recipe:
Like usual, I want to show you a few of the tools I used to make this recipe. I hope you find these helpful!
- A good shallow saucepan or frypan or cook your sauce. I actually prefer to make my sauce in a more shallow frying pan over a standard tall saucepan so it cooks more evenly and doesn’t burn on the bottom.
- You can use a standard pan and cover it in parchment paper, or you can use these magical NordicWare Aluminum Pans that clean SO easily and are amazing. Just don’t put them in the dishwasher as it sadly ruins their greatness.
- If you’ve tried my Vegan Truffle Pasta, then you know the secret to my creamy sauces is nutritional yeast. Seriously, it’s a vegan cooking staple that gives that “cheesy” flavor in vegan dishes.
- Last but not least, please oh please use fresh lemon juice! No store-bought plastic bottles for this recipe. I never buy lemon juice in a container anymore as it contains sulfites and other additives that just aren’t necessary. Plus, it really just doesn’t taste the same!
All you need is 35 minutes to create this dreamy Vegan Lemon Butter Pasta with Peas & Charred Leeks tonight! I promise this lemony dish will not disappoint and is sure to add a new flavor to your pasta sauce rotation. Enjoy and see you back here next week for something sweet!