My neighbor gave me a bunch of Meyer lemons from her mother’s lemon tree as a thank you for taking their family portrait last month. (So in addition to this Lemon Ricotta Pasta recipe, prepare yourself for a few more lemon recipes over the next couple of weeks…)
I’ve never used Meyer lemons before, so I don’t know if all Meyer lemons are like this or if these are especially good since they were home grown and allowed to ripen fully before harvesting. These lemons are fabulous- they were a bit hard to zest, but they have so much juice in a single lemon!
I really like “light” pasta dishes and the combination of the lemon and ricotta in this Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Spinach and Red Peppers dish was really good. I made this the day after my little missy’s birthday party and fed the kids leftover hot dogs in stead of the pasta for dinner; so I can’t say whether or not this would be a hit or miss with my kids, but if your kids like pasta, I’m sure they would like this one too!
Look how creamy this was with only 2/3 cup of Ricotta and the pasta water, yum! (and so pretty with the red peppers and just barely wilted spinach.)
- 12 oz fettuccine
- 2/3 cup skim ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach
- 1 1/2 cups diced red bell pepper
- salt and crushed black pepper
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (increase to your taste level- this makes the dish pop!)
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup pasta water.
- While pasta is cooking, in a separate bowl, thoroughly combine ricotta, lemon juice and rind, 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper. (I listed 1/8 tsp of crushed red pepper, but don’t be shy, this dish is even better with a bit of a kick from the red pepper, so adjust according to your taste level ).
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and garlic, saute for 3 minutes.
- Add pasta, spinach, ricotta mixture and pasta water to skillet; cook about 1 minute or until spinach wilts. Top with extra salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper if desired.
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