A refreshing option for dinner on a hot summer night. Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes. Notes: Ingredients can be prepped and pasta cooked a day ahead of time and chilled (add 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil to the cooked pasta). Toss everything together just before serving.
8 ounces orzo pasta
1 1/2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup light sour cream
2 teaspoons lemon zest (from about 1 lemon)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
About 1 tsp. salt
About 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup fresh corn kernels (sliced from 2 ears of corn)
1/2 medium red onion, finely diced, rinsed, and thoroughly dried (about 3/4 cup)
2 cups shredded cooked chicken (light and dark meat)
1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
1/2 cup thinly sliced basil leaves
How to Make It
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender to the bite, 9 to 12 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse thoroughly under cold water until completely cool (see Notes).
In a medium bowl, whisk together ricotta, sour cream, lemon zest and juice, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper.
In a large bowl, toss together pasta, corn, red onion, chicken, tomatoes, and basil. Add ricotta-lemon dressing to pasta mixture and stir to evenly coat pasta. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.
I used all these ingredients only omitted the red onion and used white and green onions, also Im not a huge tomato fan so I used italian diced tomatoes with the seasoning already in there. absolutely wonderful!
I agree that this recipe is bland as is. I added cilantro and that made a big difference. I also agree that the ricotta, sour cream, lemon zest dressing should be cut in half. It made way too much. It's a solid recipe. Maybe not one I'd serve to company but good enough for me.
This recipe features nice, healthy ingredients, but is a bit bland. Next time, I will add garlic to the dressing and use more chicken. Other veggies like red bell pepper, cucumber, etc. would work well in this. You can decrease the dressing amounts by half and there will still be more than enough!
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