Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, and Fresh Ricotta Pasta

Zucchini, Cherry Tomato, and Fresh Ricotta Pasta Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Our quick ricotta method is inexpensive and easy, and truly makes this weeknight pasta dish shine.


4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Cost per Serving:


Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 380
Fat 11.4 g
Satfat 4.8 g
Monofat 4 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 14.5 g
Carbohydrate 56.5 g
Fiber 3.2 g
Cholesterol 23 mg
Iron 2.3 mg
Sodium 593 mg
Calcium 235 mg


3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
6 quarts water
8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons small mint leaves


1. Combine milk and buttermilk in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; drain. Place milk solids in a small bowl; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Toss gently to combine.

2. Bring 6 quarts water to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Stir in 1 tablespoon salt and pasta; cook 7 minutes or until al dente. Drain.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add zucchini; sauté 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and garlic; sauté 2 minutes, stirring frequently; stir in tomatoes. Combine remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, pasta, and tomato mixture in a large bowl; toss. Top with ricotta and mint.

Julianna Grimes,

Cooking Light

May 2010
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