Easy Herbed Ricotta Fettuccine

 Make this easy herbed ricotta fettucine with a creamy sauce that takes less than 5 minutes! #easyrecipe #pasta #basil #quickrecipe #vegetarian

While I love a rich and creamy pasta dish, fettuccine alfredo just doesn’t do it for me. There’s something kinda….gloppy about the sauce. Perhaps I was just ruined by the Olive Garden version of the dish in high school, because I’m sure the real Italian version is delicious.

 Make this easy herbed ricotta fettucine with a creamy sauce that takes less than 5 minutes! #easyrecipe #pasta #basil #quickrecipe #vegetarian

One creamy sauce I DO love though is a ricotta sauce. Plus, it’s way easier to make! For this recipe, I just blend ricotta cheese, olive oil, herbs and a little garlic together to make a rich and creamy sauce that perfectly coats fresh fettuccine pasta. Sometimes I’ll add some grated parmesan in it to boost the flavor too!

I make this recipe all the time with different seasonal vegetables, like sauteed or roasted zucchini, asparagus, or cherry tomatoes. For fall, you could use cubes of roasted winter squash.

 Make this easy herbed ricotta fettucine with a creamy sauce that takes less than 5 minutes! #easyrecipe #pasta #basil #quickrecipe #vegetarian

Although I do love to use whole grain pasta for it’s nutty flavor and the nutritional benefits, I think this sauce tastes much better with white pasta, especially fresh pasta. Personally, I like whole wheat pasta with rich tomato sauces and pesto, and anything delicate and creamy tastes better with white pasta.

To serve this, I made easy asparagus and prosciutto bundles. Wrap a few asparagus spears with a piece of prosciutto and roast at 400 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.

 Make this easy herbed ricotta fettucine with a creamy sauce that takes less than 5 minutes! #easyrecipe #pasta #basil #quickrecipe #vegetarian
 Make this easy herbed ricotta fettucine with a creamy sauce that takes less than 5 minutes! #easyrecipe #pasta #basil #quickrecipe #vegetarian

Easy Herbed Ricotta Fettuccine

Serves ~ 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • Pinch red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 lb fresh fettuccine

Instructions:

  1. Place ricotta, olive oil, herbs, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a food processor and blend until pureed and herbs are finely chopped. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Scoop sauce into a large serving bowl.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook fresh pasta about 3 minutes (or according to package instructions) until al dente. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup starchy pasta water for thinning the sauce.

  3. Add pasta to the serving bowl with the ricotta sauce. Toss to combine, adding a little bit of starchy pasta water to thin to desired consistency. Serve immediately.


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 Spicy Hummus Pasta

Spicy Hummus Pasta

 Beet Butter Spaghetti

Beet Butter Spaghetti

 White Bean Pasta with Garlic Oil

White Bean Pasta with Garlic Oil

 Make this easy herbed ricotta fettuccine with a quick creamy sauce that takes just 5 minutes to make! #fettuccine #pasta #italian #recipe #healthyrecipe #vegetarian