Photo: Chris Villano; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps 
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
20 Mins
Serves: 6

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add broccoli and cook until just tender, about 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer broccoli to a bowl. Add pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente, 10 to 13 minutes or as package label directs.

Step 2

While pasta is cooking, combine ricotta, Parmesan, lemon zest and thyme in a medium bowl. Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in broccoli, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 1 minute longer.

Step 3

Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Return to pot and stir in broccoli and ricotta mixture, adding cooking water to moisten as necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

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Ratings & Reviews

Cheap and Easy Meal

June 02, 2017
So it's not the most flavorful recipe when you go exactly by the ingredients listed. It's still good though, what I really liked was the ability to add pretty much anything you want to it for extra flavor. I've done this recipe three times when looking for a super cheap home cooked meal and I love it for those reasons. Once I added sauteed mushrooms, another time some grilled shrimp. It's a good, basic staple of a recipe that I recommend!!


August 23, 2015
All the flavors were pretty bland.  The only thing you can taste was the lemon, and that was rather strong.  It was decent enough too eat, but not enough to ever make again. Would not recommend.  

A work in progress

January 12, 2017
I had to get rid of some ricotta so I tried this. Decent as is, however i added 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast. Might add some sautéed sweet peppers next time and/or oregano if I try it again.

lacau610's Review

February 22, 2015
I thought this recipe was pretty bland. There is a similar recipe that is much better: spaghetti with creamy broccoli pesto.