One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon

Savor the simplicity and zest of One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon, a delicious recipe that mixes the creamy richness of ricotta cheese with the zesty, vibrant flavor of lemon.

This Recipe is a celebration of one-pot cooking at its easiest, where everything comes together beautifully. Ideal for hectic evenings when time is limited but taste is essential.

Avocado Cream Lasagna

Envision the flavor of freshly squeezed lemon zest and the scent of garlicky olive oil enveloping perfectly al dente pasta. With the silky smoothness of ricotta providing a sumptuous touch to every forkful, every bite gives a symphony of tastes.

Why you would love One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon?

One Pot Pasta with ricotta and lemon is a dish that every food lover should try for the following reasons:

Here is why you would love Avocado Cream Lasagna.

Easy Cooking, Best Taste — On hectic days, one-pot dishes come in rather handy. With this pasta recipe, the flavors, the sauce, and the noodles are all combined into one pot. What was the outcome? A wonderful lunch that’s also simple to make and clean up after. One pot and pan will do; no need for multiple ones!

Pleasant Tastes — This dish’s balance is what makes it so beautiful. Each spaghetti strand is coated in a luscious texture created by the creamy ricotta cheese. Then, with a zingy brightness that cuts through the creaminess, the lemon zest and juice explodes with freshness. A wonderful fusion of acidic, salty, and creamy flavors permeates every bite.

Time-Saving Wonder — Who doesn’t enjoy a meal that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, let’s face it? This dish demonstrates that you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to produce a gourmet meal, whether you’re cooking for a hungry family or just yourself. It’s the epitome of a weeknight dinner—minimal work, big reward.

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Ingredients for One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon

Gather these simple yet flavorful ingredients to create your own delicious batch of One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon:

Ingredients for One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon
Ingredients for One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon

Main Ingredients

Pasta:

12 ounces (340g) of your favorite pasta shape works wonderfully here· Whether it’s spaghetti, fettuccine, Macroni, penne, or any other variety, choose what you love·

Olive Oil:

2 tablespoons of good quality extra-virgin olive oil for sautéing the garlic and coating the pasta·

Garlic:

4 cloves, minced or thinly sliced· Adjust to your preference for garlic intensity·

Vegetable or Chicken Broth:

4 cups (1 liter) of broth adds depth of flavor and cooks the pasta to perfection· Use vegetable broth for a vegetarian version or chicken broth for a heartier taste·

Ricotta Cheese:

1 cup (240g) of creamy ricotta cheese· Opt for whole milk ricotta for the richest flavor and texture·

Lemon:

1 large lemon, zested and juiced· The zest adds a fragrant citrus punch, while the juice brightens the entire dish·

Salt and Pepper:

To taste, for seasoning the pasta throughout the cooking process·

Red Pepper Flakes (Optional):

A pinch or two for a subtle kick of heat· Adjust according to your spice preference·

Fresh Parsley (Optional):

Chopped parsley for garnish adds a fresh, herbaceous note to the finished dish·

Grated Parmesan Cheese (Optional):

For serving, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top of each serving adds a salty, nutty flavor·

Additional Ingredients (Optional):

Feel free to customize your One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon with add-ins like cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, grilled chicken, or cooked shrimp· These extras add texture, color, and extra layers of flavor·

One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon

How to make One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon?

Below is the step by step guide for making Avocado Cream Lasagna.

  • 1️⃣Start by gathering and preparing all your ingredients· Mince or thinly slice the garlic, zest and juice the lemon, measure out the olive oil, ricotta cheese, broth, and any optional ingredients you plan to use·
  • 2️⃣In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat· Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, just until fragrant· Be careful not to let it brown or burn·
  • 3️⃣Next, add 12 ounces (340g) of pasta to the pot· Pour in 4 cups (1 liter) of vegetable or chicken broth, ensuring that the pasta is fully submerged· Give everything a gentle stir to combine·
  • 4️⃣Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low· Let the pasta simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking· Cook according to the package instructions, usually around 8-10 minutes, until the pasta is al dente and most of the liquid is absorbed·
  • 5️⃣Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, remove the pot from the heat· Add 1 cup (240g) of ricotta cheese, the zest of 1 lemon, and the juice of the same lemon· Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes if using· Stir everything together until the ricotta is melted and coats the pasta in a creamy sauce·
  • 6️⃣Taste the pasta and adjust the seasoning as needed, adding more salt, pepper, or lemon juice to suit your taste· If desired, stir in any additional ingredients such as cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, or cooked protein at this stage·
  • 7️⃣Serve the One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon hot, garnished with freshly chopped parsley and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese· Drizzle with a touch of extra-virgin olive oil for an extra luxurious finish·

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How to Store One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon

  • Allow this delicious dish to cool fully at room temperature if you have any leftovers. After that, move the pasta to a sealed storage bag or an airtight container.
  • Pasta can be kept in the fridge for three to four days. as chilled, the ricotta sauce could get a little thicker, but as it reheats, it will become more runny again.
Storing and Reheating One Pot Pasta

How to Reheat One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon?

Below is the guide for reheating One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon.

There are two ways that you can reheat:


On a stovetop — add a splash of water or broth to a skillet with the pasta to loosen the sauce. Gently warm over medium-low heat, stirring from time to time, until thoroughly warmed.

Microwave — Place the pasta in a dish that is safe for the microwave, cover it with a damp paper towel to keep it from drying out, and cook it for 30 seconds at a time, stirring every 30 seconds, until it reaches your desired temperature.

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ONE POT PASTA WITH RICOTTA AND LEMON

ONE POT PASTA WITH RICOTTA AND LEMON

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Savor the simplicity and zest of One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon, a delicious recipe that mixes the creamy richness of ricotta cheese with the zesty, vibrant flavor of lemon.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 Person
Calories 298 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz 225g linguine or spaghetti
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves chopped, for garnish
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions
 

  • Start by gathering and preparing all your ingredients· Mince or thinly slice the garlic, zest and juice the lemon, measure out the olive oil, ricotta cheese, broth, and any optional ingredients you plan to use·
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat· Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, just until fragrant· Be careful not to let it brown or burn·
  • Next, add 12 ounces (340g) of pasta to the pot· Pour in 4 cups (1 liter) of vegetable or chicken broth, ensuring that the pasta is fully submerged· Give everything a gentle stir to combine·
  • Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low· Let the pasta simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking· Cook according to the package instructions, usually around 8-10 minutes, until the pasta is al dente and most of the liquid is absorbed·
  • Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, remove the pot from the heat· Add 1 cup (240g) of ricotta cheese, the zest of 1 lemon, and the juice of the same lemon· Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes if using· Stir everything together until the ricotta is melted and coats the pasta in a creamy sauce·
  • Taste the pasta and adjust the seasoning as needed, adding more salt, pepper, or lemon juice to suit your taste· If desired, stir in any additional ingredients such as cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, or cooked protein at this stage·
  • Serve the One Pot Pasta with Ricotta and Lemon hot, garnished with freshly chopped parsley and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese· Drizzle with a touch of extra-virgin olive oil for an extra luxurious finish·

Notes

For extra taste and nutrition, add peas, cherry tomatoes, or spinach to the pasta in the last few minutes of cooking.
Keyword Italian Pasta Recipes, One Pot Pasta, Pasta WIth Ricotta

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