This Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce is so bright and fresh with just a hint of zesty heat from the black pepper. It takes only minutes to make and tastes even better as it sits. Perfect for picnics, potlucks and any warm weather gathering.
Ingredients in the Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce
What could be better for summer than a fresh lemon-y sauce that also equally balances the sweetness of honey with the spicy bite of black pepper. This pasta is perfect for summer get togethers as it contains no mayonnaise, eggs, dairy or anything else that cannot be left sitting out for a while or that requires refrigeration.
This is the true beauty of this sauce. It is made with staples that almost certainly already exist in your home or pantry making it perfect for a quick weeknight meal when you haven’t had time to plan ahead or just don’t feel like taking a long time to prepare a meal. So here is what you will need to make this Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce
- Lemons– you will need two lemons to make the sauce. This recipe calls only for the juice and not the zest so if you only have lemon juice you can substitute that, but I recommend fresh lemon juice for the best flavor. If you choose to substitute lemon juice, use approximately 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice per each lemon, 1/4 cup for the two lemons.
- Honey– Real honey is essential for this sauce to work. Attempting to substitute sugar-free sweeteners, etc would not be successful in this honey lemon pepper sauce so be sure to stick to actual honey.
- Lemon Pepper Seasoning I used this seasoning blend to make this sauce. Brands vary widely by the amount of salt they contain so you will want to make sure you taste your final Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce to see if you need to add any additional salt or if your flavor is already how you want it to be. If you are trying to watch your salt content something like this salt-free option may be a good choice.
- Olive Oil– you will want to use an olive oil with a good flavor as this is a very simple sauce so every element really contributes to the final flavor of the sauce.
- Pasta Water– while not a part of the sauce, if you are making this Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce to serve over pasta, you may want to reserve a bit of the pasta water just in case the pasta becomes too dry after sitting.
Preparing the Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce
Therein lies the true beauty of this sauce. It is literally just stir together and go. It works great as either a sauce for pasta or a marinade for vegetables or chicken.
Can Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce with Pasta be made in advance?
Yes, absolutely, and for best results you really want to allow this sauce to marinate on your pasta for some time before serving. When serving this sauce over pasta, you will get the best results by first tossing the prepared pasta with the prepared Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce.
After you have tossed the pasta with the sauce, you should allow the sauce to sit on the pasta for at least an hour, up to 24 hours. Also, for best results, stir the noodles occasionally to redistribute the sauce and ensure that all of the noodles are fully covered. Warm pasta will best absorb the sauce and garner the best flavor for the final pasta dish, so try to have the sauce ready as soon as the noodles are done cooking.
To use the sauce on broccoli or another vegetable, follow a similar idea; however, instead of marinating the cooked vegetable, marinate the raw broccoli before roasting to allow it to absorb the flavors of the sauce. You can then drizzle the prepared broccoli with a bit of the leftover sauce if you desire.
What are some Other Pasta Dishes you may love?
Tahini Pasta Sauce– is packed with Unami flavors and as easy to prepare as this Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce.
Boursin Tomato Pasta is A MUCH more flavorful take on the beloved feta pasta, this Boursin Tomato pasta is packed with herbaceous flavor, cheesy goodness, and just enough heat to make it an unforgettable favorite.
This Air Fryer Tortellini Bake is comfort food at its best. Tortellini, a creamy tomato sauce and lots of melty cheeses make this dish perfect for any night you need a little food hug.
Honey Lemon Pepper Sauce with Pasta
- 8 oz pasta
- Juice of two lemons
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- Cook the pasta according the package directions.
- While the pasta is cooking combine the lemon juice, honey, lemon pepper seasoning and olive oil. When the pasta is done cooking, drain and toss with the honey lemon mixture. Allow to marinate for a bit for best flavor. Serve, topped with additional lemon pepper seasoning if desired.