Quick Recipe: Tomato and lemon fettuccine

Tomato and lemon fettuccine

After a brief stint as a pastry chef in a popular French restaurant, I fell in love with cream sauce. This easy creamy fettuccine recipe uses very few ingredients and takes almost no time to prepare--20 minutes. Over the years I have modified the recipe to make several versions. My kids love the fettuccine with tomatoes and lemon.

1 - 2 cups cherry tomatoes

3/4 lb fresh fettucine (spinach or egg fettuccine)

2 lemons 

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 tsp salt

black pepper



  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 
  • In a smaller saucepan, mix together the cream, salt and pepper.
  • Wash the lemon and then remove the rind from lemons in long strips using a vegetable peeler. Cut strips into thin strips. Set aside to use as a topping.
  • Wash the tomatoes and slice in half. Set aside.
  • Squeeze the juice from the lemons, strain the juice, and pour into the saucepan with the cream mixture. (You can also use pre-packaged lemon juice that equals 2 lemons.)
  • Bring the creamy mixture to a boil for one minute and then reduce heat to simmer.
  • Cook the fettuccine in the boiling water until barely done. This takes about 3-8 minutes depending on the freshness of the pasta. Drain the pasta. Toss the pasta with the cream sauce.
  • Divide the pasta into 4 to 6 portions. Top each pasta portion with tomato halves, strips of julienned lemon rind, and freshly ground pepper.

 Bon Appetit!

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- Chris Olson writes the blog Momathon Blog and is a freelance writer and illustrator. She also answers to the names of chief dog walker, grocery hauler, and "the one with the keys to the car."


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