Lemon Caper Pasta is a quick, easy flavorful pasta. It uses only a handful of ingredients and can be on the table in 15 minutes.
Talk about quick and easy. This Lemon Caper Pasta just screams busy weeknight dinner. Whether you have to run the kids around, run errands or just really don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen, this pasta is for you. It’s packed full of flavor and can be on your dinner table in about 15 minutes.
Let’s talk about what you need:
One key to a quick and easy dinner, is a small ingredient list. And when you have a small ingredient list, it’s essential that the ingredients pack a flavor punch. That is exactly what you get with this pasta.
STEP #1: Cook your pasta. I like to use linguine or other long noodles like spaghetti or fettuccine. Reserve some of the pasta water.
STEP #2: Cook capers and garlic in olive oil just until fragrant. Add in lemon juice, lemon zest and then pasta. Stir to coat completely. Stir in reserved pasta water if pasta seems too dry.
SEE! I told you it was easy? If you want to make it a bit heartier you could also add some cooked chicken or shrimp. It would be divine!
It took me a bit to warm up to capers but now I love them. I even find myself craving the salty little devils and will reach for one or two as a snack while I’m cooking dinner. They come in a couple different varieties. I prefer the non pareil variety because they are smaller, more fragrant and not quite as strong as the larger varieties. You should be able to find them in the condiment aisle of the grocery stores.
When pasta cooks, it releases starch which can be used to help bind sauces together. This will help make a smoother sauce.
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Note: This post was originally published in 2011. It was updated with new photos, FAQ and nutrition information in 2022.