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For a quick weeknight meal try my creamy lemon ricotta pasta! This simple cheese sauce mixed with fresh basil and mint will have dinner on the table in minutes. | justalittlebitofbacon.com #pastarecipes #italianfood #easydinners #italian #ricotta
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Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Fresh Herbs

For a quick weeknight meal try my creamy lemon ricotta pasta! This simple cheese sauce mixed with fresh basil and mint will have dinner on the table in minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword creamy pasta, ricotta sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 550kcal
Author justalittlebitofbacon

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced or shredded
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 12 oz fettuccine, or other pasta
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  • In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, ricotta, garlic, and red pepper flakes together.
  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until done. Scoop out ~1 cup of the water and drain the pasta.
  • Add the pasta and water to the bowl with the ricotta. Toss together.
  • Sprinkle fresh herbs over and mix in. Serve.

Notes

  • Pasta: I like fettuccine in this recipe, but any variety you have on hand will be great.
  • Ricotta: For the creamiest sauce buy one without any gums or stabilizers. (Note that the dish will tasty either way!)

Nutrition

Calories: 550kcal