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pasta in a lemon and ricotta cheese sauce with asparagus in a large serving dish

Simple Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 391.18kcal
Author: Sarah Holt
This Lemon Ricotta Pasta is creamy, delicious and done in under 30 minutes. Simple ingredients come together for an easy weeknight dinner.
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Ingredients

  • 12-16 ounces pappardelle pasta
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces asparagus trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon zested, about 1 tablespoon
  • ½ lemon juiced, about 1-2 tablespoons
  • 2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½-1 cup reserved pasta water
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions, until al dente. Make sure to reserve ½-1 cup of the pasta water after cooking.
  • Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until melted. Add the cut asparagus and cook for about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  • Next, add minced garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  • When the pasta is done, add it to the skillet with the asparagus and add in the ricotta cheese, black pepper and parmesan cheese. Turn off the heat and toss the pasta with the cheese until well coated. If the sauce seems too dry and clumpy, add in the reserved pasta water, about ¼ cup at a time until it is creamy.
  • Serve hot with more fresh cracked black pepper and red pepper flakes, if desired.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Simple Lemon Ricotta Pasta
Serving Size
 
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
391.18
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6.42
g
10
%
Cholesterol
 
77.93
mg
26
%
Sodium
 
456.32
mg
20
%
Potassium
 
413.33
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
68.16
g
23
%
Fiber
 
5.38
g
22
%
Sugar
 
4.15
g
5
%
Protein
 
17.14
g
34
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Vitamin A
 
644.74
IU
13
%
Vitamin C
 
25.11
mg
30
%

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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