Chopped fresh herbs and a splash of lemon juice provide bright flavor for this simple pasta dish.

Recipe by Real Simple July 2005

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Credit: Kana Okada

Recipe Summary

additional:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
prep:
10 mins
Yield:
Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserving 1/3 cup of the water, drain the pasta, then return it to the pot. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, ricotta, and pasta water until a rich, creamy sauce forms. Pour the sauce over the hot pasta. Add the herbs, zest, salt, and pepper and toss.Tip: Ricotta can vary dramatically in taste and texture. Depending on the brand you use, you may need to add extra pasta water and butter to create a sauce that's sufficiently creamy.

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Nutrition Facts

calcium 159.8mg; 573 calories; calories from fat 24%; carbohydrates 87g; cholesterol 46.7mg; fat 15.4g; fiber 3.9g; iron 4.2mg; protein 22.7mg; saturated fat 9.2g; sodium 271.3mg.
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