Tagliatelle with lemon, cream and walnuts recipe

Tagliatelle with lemon, cream and walnuts recipe - Steven Joyce
Tagliatelle with lemon, cream and walnuts recipe - Steven Joyce

The soft crunch of walnuts is the perfect foil for this creamy, citrus-spiked tangle of tagliatelle – and the whole dish comes together in less than half an hour.


Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes




  • 1 lemon, zest finely grated

  • 500g tagliatelle or fettuccine

  • 150g double cream

  • 60g unsalted butter

  • 50g Parmesan, freshly grated

  • 60g walnuts, toasted and finely chopped


  1. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze out two tablespoons of juice into a small bowl and put to one side.

  2. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling well-salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente (the pasta will finish cooking in the sauce).

  3. Meanwhile, add the cream to a saucepan with three quarters of the lemon zest and whisk over a medium heat for a couple of minutes until just beginning to simmer. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter a tablespoon at a time until melted and emulsified, then season to taste with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

  4. Drain the pasta, reserving a cup of the pasta cooking liquid.

  5. Add the drained pasta to the saucepan with the cream sauce and stir well, adding half the Parmesan until very well combined.

  6. Stir in the lemon juice and add a little pasta cooking water until you have a good consistency to the sauce.

  7. Divide the pasta between four bowls, then top with remaining lemon zest and Parmesan and a little more black pepper. Sprinkle with the walnuts and serve immediately.