Whimsical Whirl: Ricotta Pasta

Dive into a creamy dream with our Whimsical Whirl Ricotta Pasta. Al dente pasta ribbons dance harmoniously with a velvety ricotta sauce, kissed by hints of garlic and fresh herbs. This dish epitomizes simple elegance, offering a melt-in-your-mouth experience that transports you to a quaint Italian bistro.

An aerial view that brilliantly showcases the entire dish, accompanied by a bowl of fresh ricotta, aromatic sprigs of basil and parsley, and a zesty lemon.

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 servings 
Ideal Serving Size: 300 grams per serving

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calorie Count: 460 kcal per serving
  • Macronutrient Breakdown:
    • Carbohydrates: 60g
    • Proteins: 18g
    • Fats: 16g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Pasta (like fettuccine or pappardelle) - 400 grams
  • Ricotta cheese - 250 grams
  • Garlic, minced - 10 grams
  • Olive oil - 20 grams
  • Fresh basil, chopped - 15 grams
  • Fresh parsley, chopped - 15 grams
  • Lemon zest - 5 grams
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan for garnish - 50 grams

Method of Preparation

  1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente, then drain, reserving a cup of pasta water.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until aromatic.
  3. Lower the heat and add the ricotta cheese, stirring until it becomes creamy. If the sauce is too thick, add a little reserved pasta water to achieve the desired consistency.
  4. Toss in the cooked pasta, ensuring it's well coated with the ricotta sauce.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and stir in the fresh herbs.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.
A tantalizing close-up that magnificently captures the Ricotta Pasta, emphasizing the creaminess of the ricotta sauce harmoniously enveloping the pasta, accented with fresh herbs and a sprinkle of Parmesan.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • For an added layer of flavor, sprinkle some chili flakes for a hint of heat.
  • Toasted pine nuts or walnuts can be sprinkled on top for a delightful crunch.
  • Pair with a crisp white wine for a complete dining experience.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use low-fat ricotta? Yes, but it may alter the creaminess of the sauce.
  • Can I add vegetables? Certainly, spinach or cherry tomatoes make wonderful additions.