Linguine with creamy lemon and mint dressing recipe

(35 ratings)

This deliciously cheesy linguine with creamy lemon and mint dressing is easier to make than it may seem. Packed full of mouthwatering flavours

Linguine with creamy lemon and mint dressing
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time3 mins
Total Time18 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Linguine with creamy lemon and mint dressing has a low fat dressing for pasta that packs a punch on flavour with the zest of lemon and the freshness of mint. 

This pasta dish makes a delicious starter for 6 or a summery accompaniment to serve with poached fish or grilled chicken. With low fat cheese and no fat yoghurt, it's a good option if you're trying to watch your weight, and it's a nicely affordable weeknight dinner - in fact, it's one of our great cheap family meals. It's really speedy to prepare, and you can have it on the table in only twenty minutes. A perfect light supper or summer lunch option that the whole family will enjoy.


  • 200g carton reduced fat soft cheese with garlic and herbs
  • 170g 0% fat carton Greek yogurt
  • Finely grated rind and juice 1 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 500g fresh linguine or tagliatelle pasta
  • A few sprigs of fresh mint
  • Zested lemon rind to garnish




  1. Put the soft cheese in a bowl and beat until soft and smooth. Work in the yogurt until well blended then mix in the lemon rind and juice. Season to taste.
  2. Set aside. For longer storage, cover and chill until required, but remove from the fridge 30 mins before serving.
  3. When ready to serve, bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the pasta for 2-3 mins until just tender. Drain well for 5 mins, then return to the saucepan.
  4. Carefully mix in the lemon dressing until the pasta is well coated. Break up a few mint leaves and toss into the pasta.
  5. To serve, pile into warm serving bowls and sprinkle with more fresh mint and lemon rind. Serve immediately.

Top tip for making linguine with creamy lemon and mint dressing

For a richer, more creamy sauce, use full fat Greek yogurt or full fat soft cheese.

Octavia Lillywhite
Food and Lifestyle Writer

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.