fresh pasta with lemon pepper butter sauceCreamy, buttery and tangy…

Oh yes. Let’s pretend it’s springtime and bite into this savory concoction.

Of course, I’m in Florida- and our winters are spring compared to other geographical parts, and our summer and fall? Oh those are summer and Africa

. What?

Africa isn’t a season? It is here. We have hot and then we have Africa-hot.

But, I try to do my best and embrace each food season. I usually associate citrus stuff with spring, so that’s why I’m calling this a springtime dish. Too much info?

So… as most of you know I love going thrifting, you just never know what you’ll find. The other day week month (okay it took me awhile to use it) I found this barely used pasta machine. A pasta express. For $10! Ch-ching!  It is so awesome, it mixes the dough and extrudes it into one of , get this – ELEVEN dies! I finally can make homemade macaroni noodles. (Not that it has been big on my to-do list, but hey.. now I can make spinach elbows)

homemeade pasta_0002I tell you folks, there is nothing like fresh homemade pasta…

A funny thing about fresh vs. store bought:

An actual serving size fills you up. Seriously, it’s the weirdest thing.  one 1/2 cup serving of fresh pasta is a belly filler that will make you feel like you ate a bowl. Odd.

Toss in a few meatballs and I’m full for a week.

I cannot wait to make this with my stepdaughter, she just started taking cooking classes at her school and oooooo I can’t wait for us to play with this new “toy”.

Speaking of… funny story.

My hubby sleepwalks, sometimes he sleepwalks and attempts to pee in the laundry hamper (fortunately, I stop him from that) sometimes he walks out on the front porch in the middle of the night (sorry neighbors- he sleeps in the buff) and sometimes he wanders into another bedroom and falls asleep there. Usually it’s my stepdaughters room , since she’s only here 4 days a month the bed is usually empty. But… the other week, I heard him get up to pee, and then I assumed he was getting some water or checking his phone…about 20 seconds later, my stepdaughter came in, and said he was in her room. I went to go wake him up, (they say don’t wake a sleepwalker, but whatever) The next morning we were laughing and thinking it was time to put a baby gate up to keep sleepwalkers out…..

Never a dull moment.


Back to dinner:

homemeade pasta_0001You don’t have to use hommade fresh pasta for this recipe, though. I’m just advising you to buy that pasta machine when you see one that’s a deal.

Don’t spend $200 retail.

Bargian hunt.

Then, celebrate with a bowl of buttery lemony carbs.

fresh basta with lemon pepper butter sauce

Author Michelle Keith/ The Village Cook


  • 8 ounces of pasta either fresh or boxed cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 4 TBS flour
  • 3 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs Parmesan cheese
  • fresh black pepper


  • In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and stir to form a thick paste. Add the milk, salt and Parmesan cheese.
  • Continue to cook until thickened.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and pepper and pour over the pasta.
  • Garnish with more pepper and zest if desired.

lemon pepper pasta