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Lemon Ricotta Pasta


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5 from 1 vote
Cook Time : 14 mins
Total Time : 24 mins
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Last Updated on July 6, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt

Lemon Ricotta Pasta is a light, refreshing dish that’s perfect for summer. The lemony sauce is packed with flavor, and the ricotta makes it all creamy and delicious. You’ll love this pasta dish!

If you love quick and easy pasta recipes, then this is the stovetop recipe for you. It’s so simple that it’s perfect for a busy weeknight meal.

Lemon Ricotta Pasta on a plate topped with grated  parmesan cheese with more pasta in a dish in the background next to lemons, parmesan and garlic

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Ricotta cheese is one of my favorite ingredients to use in pasta dishes. It’s so creamy and delicious, and it really elevates the flavor of the dish.

Not only is ricotta tasty but it is also full of protein and calcium. So, not only will this dish taste great but it will also be good for you!

Why I Love This Recipe

Lemon Ricotta Pasta is one of those light, refreshing dishes that are perfect for summer. It has a tangy sauce and creamy texture from the ricotta’s luxuriousness in each bite making it truly delicious!

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love creamy pasta recipes you may also enjoy this Instant Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe.

Lemon Ricotta Pasta on a plate topped with grated  parmesan cheese

Ingredients

Only a few simple ingredients are needed for this delicious pasta dish. The lemon flavor really pops, and it’s perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. So, gather these ingredients and get ready to enjoy a delicious meal!

  • Pasta, uncooked
  • Olive Oil
  • Minced Garlic
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Zest of 1-2 Lemons, as desired
  • Salt and Pepper
Lemon Ricotta Pasta ingredients

Substitutions

Cream sauce: If you don’t have ricotta, you could use cottage cheese or cream cheese.

Cheese: Try using Romano, Asiago, or even Feta cheese.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this creamy and light pasta dish. Your entire family is going to love this delicious recipe. 

How to Make Lemon Ricotta Pasta

This recipe comes together in just six simple steps. Follow the steps below and you will have a delicious meal in no time at all. 

Step 1: Prepare the pasta and reserve some pasta water

Prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Before draining off the water, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water to use as needed in the ricotta sauce.

Step 2: Heat the oil in a large skillet

In a skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil.

Step 3: Saute the garlic

Once hot, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. 

garlic and oil cooking in a skillet

Step 4: Add the pasta and ricotta to the skillet

Add the drained pasta and ricotta and a few tablespoons of the pasta water.

 pasta and ricotta in a skillet

Step 5: Heat the sauce until warm

Cook and stir for 4 minutes until water is absorbed and ricotta coats the pasta evenly. Add additional pasta water as needed to prevent the ricotta from burning.

pasta and ricotta in a skillet

Step 6: Add the cheese, season, and serve

Add the Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, salt, and pepper, to taste. Stir well and serve immediately.

 Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and pasta in a skillet

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Are you looking for ways to change up this delicious pasta recipe?  Here are a few ideas to get you started. 

Protein: If you want to add some protein to this dish, consider adding some grilled chicken or shrimp. 

Vegetables: Try adding some sauteed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, spinach, zucchini, peas, asparagus, or bell peppers for added vegetables.

Spice: This dish is also great with a little bit of crushed red pepper flakes for some heat.

Lemon Ricotta Pasta on a plate topped with grated  parmesan cheese with more pasta in a dish in the background next to lemons, parmesan and garlic

Tips

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make the best lemon ricotta pasta. 

  • Make sure to cook the garlic over low heat so it doesn’t burn. 
  • If the sauce seems too thick, add a little bit more of the reserved pasta water until it reaches your desired consistency. 
  • You can add more flavor by adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving.
  • I recommend cooking the pasta al dente, because it will continue to cook in the skillet.
  • Whole-milk ricotta has the best flavor, but you can also use a lower fat version if you prefer.
  • Fresh basil is a flavorful garnish for this recipe. 
  • You can use different pasta shapes like penne, bowtie, fusilli, or any shape that your family enjoys.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this Lemon Ricotta Pasta recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.

How to store

This pasta dish is best enjoyed fresh, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for 3-4 days.

How to reheat

To reheat, simply add the pasta to a skillet with a little bit of olive oil over medium heat. Cook and stir until heated through. If the lemon ricotta sauce is too thick, you can thin it with a splash of milk.

Can I freeze this dish?

I do not recommend freezing this pasta dish as the ricotta cheese can separate when thawed.

Lemon Ricotta Pasta on a plate topped with grated  parmesan cheese with more pasta in a dish in the background next to lemons, parmesan and garlic

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Lemon Ricotta Pasta Recipe

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Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Corinne Schmitt
Lemon Ricotta Pasta is a light, refreshing dish perfect for summer.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 332 kcal

Equipment

  • large pot or dutch oven
  • large skillet
  • measuring cup and spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups Pasta uncooked
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Zest of 1-2 Lemons as desired
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Before draining off the water, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water to use as needed in the ricotta sauce.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil.
  • Once hot, add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the drained pasta and ricotta and a few tablespoons of the pasta water.
  • Cook and stir for 4 minutes until water is absorbed and ricotta coats the pasta evenly. Add additional pasta water as needed to prevent the ricotta from burning.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, salt and pepper, to taste. Stir well and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 332kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 15gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 164mgPotassium: 179mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 328IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 193mgIron: 1mg
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