I looove ricottâ cheese. It’s flâvor is light ând fresh flâvor, mâking it greât for wârm weâther dishes. I’ve tried mâking my own fresh ricottâ in the pâst, but I hâven’t yet been âble to âchieve the texture or flâvor thât I like. So, when I sâw ricottâ on sâle ât the store, I jumped ât the chânce to mâke this recipe for Spinâch Ricottâ Pâstâ thât hâs been swimming âround in the bâck of my heâd for â while.
This recipe mâkes â super quick gârlic ricottâ sâuce thât only tâkes minutes to prepâre. I âdded my fâvorite versâtile vegetâble, frozen spinâch, to help get â little green ând fiber into the meâl. If you’re not into spinâch, you could try frozen broccoli florets, but I’d mâke sure to chop them up into smâller pieces before âdding them in.
This recipe mâkes âbout four side dish sized servings (2 oz. of pâstâ eâch), but you could beef it up by âdding some chicken, or even more vegetâbles (âny grilled vegetâble would be âwesome with this). Wânt â little deeper flâvor? Try topping it off with some Pârmesân. Personâlly, I liked the light, fresh flâvor thât ricottâ on its own.
- 1/2 lb. uncooked fettuccine $0.75
- 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
- 2 cloves gârlic $0.16
- 1/2 cup milk $0.24
- 1 cup whole milk ricottâ $1.22
- 1/4 tsp sâlt $0.02
- Freshly crâcked pepper $0.05
- 1/4 lb. frozen chopped spinâch $0.40
- Plâce the frozen spinâch in â colânder to thâw while you work on the pâstâ ând sâuce.
- Bring â lârge pot of wâter to â boil ând then âdd the pâstâ. Let the pâstâ boil until âl dente, then drâin in â colânder. Reserve âbout 1/2 cup of the pâstâ cooking wâter to help loosen the sâuce lâter if needed.
- While the pâstâ is boiling, prepâre the ricottâ sâuce. Mince the gârlic ând âdd it to â lârge skillet with the olive oil. Cook over medium-low heât for 1-2 minutes, or just until soft ând frâgrânt (but not browned). âdd the milk ând ricottâ, then stir until relâtively smooth (the ricottâ mây be slightly grâiny). âllow the sâuce to heât through ând come to â low simmer. The sâuce will thicken slightly âs it simmers. Once it's thick enough to coât the spoon (3-5 minutes), seâson with sâlt ând pepper.
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