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Ricotta and Lemon-Basil Pasta

Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Anna Beckman

Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 12 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
Make sure to reserve some of the cooking water before you drain the pasta. It'll add flavor and help thicken the sauce.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta, such as seashell or campanelle
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 273
  • fat 4 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 15 g
  • carbohydrate 46 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 20 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 363 mg
  • calcium 116 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.

  2. Combine ricotta, next 5 ingredients (through pepper), and reserved cooking liquid in a large bowl. Add the pasta, and toss to combine. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired. Serve immediately.

  3. Wine note: Wolf Blass South Australian Chardonnay, around $12, is a classy number that tastes like twice the price. It combines lemony fruit and a soft kiss of toasty oak to complement the zestiness of the pasta and nuttiness from the green beans.

Cook's Notes

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