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Orange Mint Pasta Recipe - This citrus pasta recipe is a refreshing and light dinner idea that makes the perfect spring pasta recipe and summer pasta recipe! Though I do love it all year long as dinner and side dish! | The Love Nerds

Orange Mint Pasta Recipe

Orange Mint Pasta Recipe is a citrus pasta recipe that's a refreshing and light dinner idea! Makes the perfect spring pasta recipe and summer pasta recipe! Though honestly, I love it all year long! 

Course Main
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Maggie @ The Love Nerds


  • 1 box fettuccini noodles
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons orange zest
  • 3 teaspoons finely shredded fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan


  1. Cook pasta based on box directions.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet.
  3. Stir in orange zest and mint (save just a little for a garnish if desired) as well as salt and pepper (I start with a pinch of salt and 4 turns of my pepper grinder to start. You can add more later if desired.). Only cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour in orange juice and cook until it's reduced to about half it's volume and has thickened slightly. Remove skillet from heat source.
  5. When pasta is cooked al dente, drain it and then toss in the sauce.
  6. Top with grated cheese and any remaining zest and mint as a garnish.