This creamy, Spicy Lemon Dill Rigatoni is completely dairy-free – but you would never know it! A creamy, completely dairy-free sauce that is a little spicy, yet fresh and springy thanks to fresh lemon and dill!
My recipe for Spicy Lemon Dill Rigatoni is everything you want in a spring pasta dish. It’s creamy, yet light and refreshing thanks to the fresh dill and lemon. Lemon juice always makes anything taste fresher! This recipe uses mostly pantry staple ingredients (garlic, shallot, spices, dry pasta, coconut milk) plus a few fresh ingredients like the dill and lemon. If you’re looking for other ways to use up the lemon and dill, check out my lemon dill potato salad!
As you have probably gathered from my recipes, this is also a pretty simple and easy one to make. It’s not a one pot (although I have lots of those like this one and this one) but it really couldn’t be more straight forward and simple to make! Boil the pasta. Make the sauce in one pan in under 10 minutes while the pasta cooks. Add the pasta and thicken the sauce. Serve it up and finish with an extra sprinkle of chilli flakes and dill.
Tips to Make this Spicy Lemon Dill Rigatoni:
The key to this pasta is using tapioca starch to thicken the sauce. You can definitely use flour or corn starch (although see the notes below if you’re going to do that) but tapioca starch gives it that stretchy, cheesy look while thickening the sauce. It looks and feels so much like a cheese-heavy dairy pasta but it is in fact completely dairy-free! Perfect for anyone with dietary preferences, allergies or lactose intolerance!
Using fresh dill is another reason this pasta is so good. You can use dried for sure, but fresh is just sooo springy and makes it taste 10x better! The freshly juiced lemon and fresh dill keep the pasta tasting bright and springy, despite being total comfort food vibes! The best of both worlds.
Friday Night Easy Dinner!
Your Friday night (and first day of April!) needs this quick and easy Spicy Lemon Dill Rigatoni. Trust me. It is just what we need to get through the last few rainy weeks of winter/spring weather to sunnier, brighter days.Print