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Tri Color Rotini Pasta in Lemon Garlic Sauce

Tri Color Rotini Pasta in Lemon Garlic Sauce

My 130th recipe, “Tri Color Rotini Pasta in Lemon Garlic Sauce”, a quick and light pasta. Honestly, I am not a big pasta girl. I am neither crazy about it or hate it. Even when I visit an Italian restaurant here I would be more happy to try the bread sticks, minestrone soup and dessert rather than having a pasta. But RK is a huge pasta fan. He loves all types of pastas, whether it is light and simple like this one or a spicy one. So I cook pasta frequently at home to appease him. I love simple foods. Which doesn’t need a lot of preparation and has a complicated process. This one is just the one for me. It has few ingredients but with bold flavors. Rotini pasta is a type of helix or corkscrew shaped pasta. In my world it looks very fancy and I love it compared to other pastas. The tricolor rotini pasta which I buy is already fortified with carrot, spinach, potatoes and tastes kind of little spicy. Just a simple lemon garlic butter sauce goes a long way and gives an excellent flavor profile to this dish. Light, tangy and tastes very refreshing 🙂

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Tri Color Rotini Pasta in Lemon Garlic Sauce

Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 2


  • Tri Color Rotini Pasta - About 3 Cups before cooking
  • Water - As needed
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp + 1 large pinch
  • Butter - 1/4 Cup *Vegans refer to notes section
  • Garlic - 4 cloves very finely chopped
  • Red chilli flakes - 1 Tbsp adjust per taste
  • Lemon - 1 Medium About 1/4 tsp Zest + 2 Tbsp juice
  • Basil - 2 large leaves finely chopped
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese - 1/4 Cup Adjust as needed


  • First bring a pot of water to rolling boil along with 1/2 tsp of salt. Add the pasta to the water and cook until al dente (for about 8 mins). Drain the water and keep the pasta aside.

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  • Heat a large pan, add the butter, garlic, red chilli flakes. Saute until the butter melts and the garlic flavor infuses into the melted butter. For about 2 mins.

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  • Add the lemon juice, 1 large pinch of salt and give a quick stir. Keep cooking for 2-3 mins until the mixture boils and thickens. By now the raw flavor of the lemon would have gone.

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  • Add the cooked pasta and toss well until the sauce gets coated well over the pasta. Turn off the flame.

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  • Finally add the chopped basil leaves, lemon zest, parmesan cheese and toss well until combined.

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  • Serve hot with a garnish of grated parmesan cheese and finely chopped basil leaves.
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Notes | FAQ

- Garlic flavor should be just infused into the butter. Do not saute until the garlic changes color.
- Adjust the quantity of lemon juice, red pepper flakes, cheese as per your taste.
- Vegans can use Olive Oil instead of butter and Vegan parmesan cheese.
- If you like, you can add roasted veggies like zucchini.
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