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Easy Creamy Lemon Caper Pasta

This creamy lemon caper pasta takes only 5 ingredients to make the sauce, 15 minutes to make, and is full of flavour. Packed with tangy, crispy capers, zesty garlic, and the heat of red pepper flakes, you'd be surprised that the sauce has such few ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 546kcal
Author: Sunena Anand


  • 2 oz Spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon Capers
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • ¼ cup Heavy cream
  • ½ Lemon juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon Red chilli flakes
  • 3 cloves Garlic finely minced


  • Boil the pasta until al dente, or until it is cooked through with a slight bite to it. Reserve a ¼ cup of pasta water before draining the pasta, and set aside.
    2 oz Spaghetti
  • Heat up a skillet over medium heat with a tablespoon of olive oil. Crisp the capers in the heated skillet. Remove the capers once they are crispy, and drain on a paper towel.
    1 tablespoon Capers
  • To the same skillet, add the minced garlic and chilli flakes. Sauté until fragrant, but the garlic is not browned.
    3 cloves Garlic, ¼ teaspoon Red chilli flakes
  • Add the heavy cream and lemon juice to the skillet. Let the heavy cream cook down for 1-2 minutes. Top with the pasta, pasta water and parmesan, and toss. Let the mixture cook together for another 2 minutes, to allow the sauce to thicken and cling to the pasta.
    ¼ cup Heavy cream, ½ Lemon, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Top the pasta with crispy capers, and serve.


  • Be mindful of extra salt: You will likely not need to add any extra salt to this pasta. Capers and parmesan are inherently salty!
  • Do not burn the garlic: When garlic gets too brown, it becomes bitter and slightly inedible. Because of this, I recommend either lowering the heat when cooking the garlic, or keeping a close eye on it.
  • Give the pasta time to thicken: You may find that that the sauce looks like it is on the thinner side. As the sauce cooks with the pasta and parmesan, it will thicken up with the starch and fat from both.


Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1242IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 382mg | Iron: 2mg