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Sue Kreitzman’s Lemon Butter Angel Hair Pasta

January 23, 2018
25 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 1, but scales up well if needed
Author Notes

Adapted slightly from Comfort Food (Gramercy, 1986).
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Sue Kreitzman’s Lemon Butter Angel Hair Pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces angel hair pasta
  • 1 cup hot chicken stock
  • 1 pinch Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 splash Lemon juice to taste
  1. Melt the butter in a small pot. Break up the pasta into more bite-sized lengths, about 1 to 2 inches each. Toss the pasta in the butter until it is well-coated.
  2. Pour in the hot stock and grind in the pepper. Cover and cook over very low heat for 10 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Squeeze in the lemon juice (Sue Kreitzman used the juice of 1 small lemon). Taste and, if your stock wasn’t very salty and you’d like more, add a little salt to taste. Serve at once.

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70 Reviews

jpriddy February 9, 2021
I love this recipe. My husband and I have some variation of it at least once a week. We are vegetarian, so vegetable stock instead of chicken and I increase the amount of pasta to a third of a pound to feed us both. Sometimes I toss in garlic right after the angel hair, usually I add leftover veg—roasted tomatoes, cooked broccoli, caramelized onion, or I wilt greens that failed to get into a salad.
thisnannycooks November 6, 2020
I cook some fairly complicated dishes without any problem. This seems so simple, and yet it's been an epic fail for me twice. First of all, this Italian girl never makes two ounces of pasta! That's not even a snack! Lol. So I've had to modify the recipe. You can't just double or triple it; too much butter, etc. I went by someone else's amounts and covered it as some suggested. Some say not to cover it. I found a much similar recipe that had better reviews, so I think I'll give that one a go instead.
[email protected] September 28, 2020
This recipe gives new meaning to comfort food. Easy. Fast. Cheap. I had some ricotta so placed pasta on a little bed of it for creaminess. Next time I might add a little extra broth
ifjuly February 19, 2020
Really digging the ingenious notion of "risotto-ing" strand pasta. Glad I read the many comments beforehand too--I can see how this could go sideways given like risotto it all depends on a delicate balancing act while cooking to allow the liquid to magically combine at the right rate with the pasta starch and all that so the degree of evaporation/incorporation and starch softening comes together for just the right timed landing. With that in mind, I kept a careful eye, used a wide skillet, didn't cover it with a lid, erred on the side of too little liquid at first (just covered the pasta), made sure the stock was plenty hot and stayed that way, stirred regularly, and adjusted heat as I went to have the visual progress I was going for. I let when the pasta was the right texture be my guide for when to stop, and luckily the liquid had thickened to a gentle sauce and otherwise disappeared by then. (And I did scale up: used 4Tb butter, 8oz spaghetti not angelhair, and had on hand 4 cups hot stock and used 3 of those 4 cups...took about 12 minutes bc I used a robust spaghetti). It really is beautiful how the stock-y starch water becomes a clinging creamy-velvety texture to coat the pasta. Like many others I used markedly less lemon and would cut back even more next time. Lovely pantry-based comfort dish for 1! Happy to have it in my back pocket.
jpriddy February 9, 2021
I use 2.5 tablespoons of butter, a third of one pound of angel hair pasta, and 1.5 cups of vegetable stock. That feeds the two of us, especially when I add a couple of cups of cooked vegetables or greens right at the end. With or without lemon, all sorts of cheeses—this is a regular meal for us in the past year.
trsw14 February 2, 2020
Such a quick, simple, tasty recipe.
lynx60489 October 7, 2019
I made this for dinner last night with a green salad and oven fried chicken. It was so delicious and comforting. The comments below were spot on. I browned the angel hair nests before adding the broth and treated it more like a risotto. It didn't need much stirring and it did really well uncovered on a low simmer. The total cook time start to finish wasn't more than 20 minutes. I was cooking for four people and the ratio that worked for me was 8 oz of pasta: 3 Tbsps butter: 3.25 cups stock (with another quarter cup up on reserve): 1.5 juiced lemons. It might be different with Meyer Lemons, but I think 3 would have been way too much.
Shawnna S. September 8, 2019
This is just such a perfect recipe. It's blissfully comforting as-is, and wide open to riffing and experimentation as well. As printed, it's fast to put together, deeply satisfying, and easy to make when I come from work exhausted but needing real food. On a day off when I just feel like messing around in the kitchen, it's really fun to play with. I've added extra broth plus a can of white beans and maybe chopped spinach or kale to it, I've cooked strips of chicken breast or thigh along with the pasta, I've switched the angel hair for orzo, and I've added cheeses and cream to make a new favorite riff on mac n cheese. I am so happy to have happened upon this recipe.
LPJ May 22, 2019
Yummy dish! This is going into the monthly meal plan. I appreciate the suggestion from another comment to cover the pasta with liquid and add more if needed. I used spaghetti noodles and it came out beautifully.
Maria I. May 6, 2019
I never crave pasta but have been strangely craving it lately and saw this recipe which was right up my alley since I prefer simpler pastas with few ingredients. I used Trader Joe's veggie broth because it's what I had readily on hand. This was so easy and really, really delicious. I added tons of Parmesan at the end.
The veggie broth took longer than 10 minutes to absorb but it might be my burners. I ended up uncovering the pot and kept cooking until the liquid was absorbed.
I'll definitely be adding this to my quick weekday dinner rotation.
Laura J. April 29, 2019
I doubled the recipe but used 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 of olive oil. I made it in a big skillet with a lid. After adding the stock I brought it up to a boil and then reduced to a simmer and added fresh broccoli. I covered the skillet to let the broccoli steam. It looked a little soupy as it was getting to the 10 minute mark so I upped the temp so the liquid would reduce. When is was close to reduced I added a half pound of small shrimp and continued cooking until they were warmed through. I used a whole lemon and a little zest and topped it with good parmigiano reggiano. It was very creamy and delicious! We had no problem eating the whole thing!
elyze February 3, 2019
I love this idea and have made it several times in different quantities. Best with angel hair and chicken stock but spaghetti and plain water work fine too. Especially if there's no stock on hand, I saute some garlic in the butter before adding the pasta. I brown the pasta a bit in the butter before adding liquid. I have added lemon zest along with the juice and used other citrus (yuzu!) when I had it around. I use a small pot and don't bother with the lid, just keep it simmering and stir occasionally. The serving size as is makes a nice snack or light dinner for one. When quadrupling the recipe to serve two hungry people I used two cups of liquid and two whole lemons, had some extra hot liquid on hand in case I needed it, but did not. When scaling I think the key is to *just* cover your pasta with liquid to start, you can always add more if needed.
Maureen January 4, 2019
Sorry but was not impressed. Pretty tasteless despite adding fresh parsley and basil from my garden as well as top quality parmigiano.
Amy December 30, 2018
This sounds delicious but what if I want to make a full 16 ounce box of angel hair to feed my family of 5? Do I do 8x all ingredients including the stock?
Kristen M. January 2, 2019
Hi Amy, it will depend on the pan, but I would start with a little less stock and add more if the pasta is looking dry before it tastes cooked through. I'd recommend scanning the comments below for ratios that worked well, too—for example, cld said: "Used 8oz of angel hair, 3 meyer lemons , 6TB butter and 3 1/2cups of chicken broth"
Danny S. December 27, 2018
Ok, I usually make the recipe according to directions first, before altering it. I did make a double batch to start as there were 4 of us & 😋 hungry. I have to say as is, it is pretty good. The only problem was that there were no seconds and it could have used some meat..This is also the fastest recipe I have made this year twice in under 45 minutes.. the second batch was even better. Again, doubling the recipe and cooking according to directions. I added a 1 cup of cooked/ shredded roasted chicken and added 1/4 cup of stock, dashes of garlic and onion powder, along with pink Himalayan salt. Gave it an extra 2 minutes to cook, served with Parmesan cheese & garlic bread 🥖.. delicious 😋 no leftovers and clean up was swift !!! 😂
Jenn December 19, 2018
Creamy, comforting pasta for a day when I was feeling under the weather. I followed a reviewer’s suggestion about cooking this like rissoto; warmed the stick in a separate pan and ladled into the pasta a little at a time. This worked, but it could have used one more ladle of broth over 1 cup — the pasta was quite toothsome! Noted for next time. But even being a tiny bit under done, the pasta delivered.
charlieo December 30, 2018
Isn't the pasta mushy? Does it have any "tooth" to it?
Mariah C. December 6, 2018
This really is a simple, delicious, and filling dinner. While I love cooking large, fancy meals, it is so nice to have a few quick, reliable dinners up my sleeve. This pasta is a keeper!
Harriet August 12, 2018
Cooking the pasta in chicken broth reminded me too much of chicken noodle soup.
Cynthia T. June 11, 2018
I did 2 things not according to recipe. I browned the pasta in the butter till I got a nutty smell before I put in the stock and I took the lid off halfway into the ten minutes and occasionally stirred. I did not mess with the temp. Delish and simple. Thank you💞
AC April 26, 2018
So yummy! Even better if you brown the pasta a bit in the butter, then add lemon zest at end with the lemon juice!
Therese April 8, 2018
I thought this was delicious! I quadrupled the recipe and had it at a rolling boil for about 40 minutes, uncovered.
Rachel August 24, 2019
Did that cause the angel hair to be mushy?