Lemony Pasta and Vegetables

Since a local restaurant removed one of my favorite dishes from their menu, I’ve been on a mission to find a good recipe for lemon butter white wine sauce. I haven’t come up with something quite as delicious as the dish from Rhythm, but I did make something pretty yummy for lunch today.


4 Tablespoons of butter

1 clove of garlic

Half a bell pepper

1/4 of a large onion or a whole small one

1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of flour

3/4 cup of white wine

2 1/2 table spoons of lemon juice

1/4 of a summer squash

1 plum tomato

Pasta of your choice

What I did:

I started with a recipe called “Simple White Wine Lemon Butter Pasta Sauce” from SpoonUniversity.com Their recipe said to start by melting two tablespoons of butter and to add two cloves of garlic. I don’t like to be overpowered by garlic, so I only added one clove. Additionally, I knew I wanted a sauce with veggies in it, so I added half a bell pepper, and a quarter of a large yellow onion. The next thing the recipe called for was 1 1/2 table spoons of flour, so I added that. Next time, I think I will only add one table spoon, as the sauce came out a little too thick for me.


Once the veggies were starting to get tender, I added the wine. The recipe said to only use 1/3 of a cup. The bottle that had been in my fridge for two days had 3/4 of a cup, so I put it all in. I let it simmer so the alcohol could cook out, then I added 2 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice (the original recipe called from juice from a fresh lemon. I used concentrate), and two more table spoons of butter. Next, I veered away from the recipe by adding more of my own ingredients: one plum tomatoes and about a 1/3 of a summer squash.


I let it cook a little more while my pasta boiled. Next, I  mixed the two, and they were ready to serve! This yielded double what I would normally eat for lunch, and if I were serving it as a side, not the main course, I would say it would be good for three servings.


Published by Sara

Sara Codair lives in a world of words, writing fiction in every free moment, teaching writing at a community college and binge-reading fantasy novels. When not lost in words, Sara can often be found hiking, swimming, or gardening. Their first novel, Power Surge, was published in October 2018. Find Sara's words at https://saracodair.com/ and @shatteredsmooth.

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