Our quick ricotta method is inexpensive and easy, and truly makes this weeknight pasta dish shine.
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
How to Make It
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.
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.
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.
I have lots of fresh produce so I added a hot banana pepper, green and red pepper as well as sausage to the recipe. To expedite the process, I used store bought light ricotta. My husband loved it and requested I put this one on "the list" to be made again. A little extra mint might add some zip. I think this is a basic recipe that can be altered according to what you have on hand.
My husband and I loved this and will definitely make it again. I added a pound of shrimp sauteed in a little butter and garlic and olive oil to the mix (I happened to have shrimp in the freezer). I added a healthy amount of garlic (2 big cloves) to the zucchini. I could only find low-fat buttermilk, but still got ricotta. Used fresh fettuccine (not dried).