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Lemon-Spinach Pasta

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup light ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 5 cups fresh spinach washed & trimmed
  • 1/2 cup finely diced sweet red pepper

Details

Level of difficulty Average
Cost Average budget

Preparation

Step 1

In large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook pasta until tender but firm, 10 minutes.

Step 2

Reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, drain pasta and set aside.

Step 3

In same saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; fry garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add reserved cooking liquid, ricotta cheese, half of the Parmesan cheese, the lemon rind and juice, salt and pepper; bring to simmer.

Step 4

Add spinach and red pepper; stir until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Return pasta to pot and toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.

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If you want, make it more of a meal by adding a diced chicken breast.

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