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Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Spinach and Red Peppers

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...)
Light and easy pasta dish: Lemon Ricotta Pasta w/ Spinach and Red Bell Peppers
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.)

Lemon Ricotta Pasta with red peppers and 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!)

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup pasta water.
  2. 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 ).
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and garlic, saute for 3 minutes. 
  4. 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.
Light and Easy: Lemon Ricotta Pasta w/ spinach and Red Peppers

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  1. I'm not going to lie--I usually breeze right over the food related posts in my bloglovin app but this looks absolutely delicious!!! Thanks for sharing it :)

  2. Oh this looks so so good! Sounds so flavorful!

  3. YUM! Pasta pretty much my weakness and this looks to die for!! The only thing my pantry is missing right now is ricotta cheese...I think I might need to go pick some up!!

  4. This looks amazing and involves all my favorite food! Would love for you to come over and share at my Happiness is Homemade link party

  5. This looks delicious and so refreshing! I really love pasta dishes. Pinning it now!

  6. This sounds really good and it's pinned to make in the near future! I am SOOOOOO envious that you know someone whose mother has a lemon tree. We are in New England, where it's too cold in the winter to have trees like that in our yards. But, we have cranberry bogs which the warmer climates do not have, so I guess we all have to give up something!

  7. ohhhh yummm i need some. so tempting though.
    stopped by from inspiration monday .
    added you in G+ and Pinterest

  8. Oh my goodness that looks and sounds SO delicious!

  9. I saw this on Time to Sparkle and had to click over to check it out. These are some of my favorite flavors -this pasta looks great!

  10. Visiting from 52 Mantels - love the freshness and simplicity of this meal. Beautiful!

  11. OHMYGOSH this looks TO. DIE. FOR. I saw it featured at the Party Bunch so congrats on that and THANK YOU for sharing such a yummy recipe! Pin'd, sharing and making ASAP =) Marcy @ day2day Supermom

  12. Yum. I love pretty much everything in this! Pinning.

  13. I can't wait to taste your awesome Lemon Ricotta Pasta, we will really enjoy this dish. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  14. I made this tonight and it was so wonderfully delicious =) Marcy @ day2day SuperMom

  15. I was looking for a recipe with ricotta because I had some extra after making dinner the other night. I came across your blog and this recipe - it was absolutely perfect for tonight! I had all of the ingredients in my fridge! Thank you, I love what you're doing.

  16. My only complaint with this otherwise fabulous meal was that the ingredients are not listed in order of usage. That was frustrating while working on gather them and utilizing them.

  17. How many people does this recipe feed?

    1. The box of fettuccine says 6 servings, (2 oz each) which is about 1 cup of pasta cooked. So I guess it depends on how much pasta you want... 6 1 cup servings or 4 1.5 cup servings.

  18. Mmm this was so good! I added shrimp to this dish too - super yummy!


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