Quick Lemon Ricotta Spaghetti

I think that pasta is probably my favorite comfort food out there. You can pair it with a sauce that took all day or one that took just ten minutes and either way, it ends up being a delicious and comforting dish. This particular pasta, Lemon Ricotta Spaghetti, is more of the ‘ten minute’ type of pasta – it’ll take you barely more time than it does to cook the noodles. It’s incredibly quick, and its creamy lemony flavor is one you’ll want to come back to again and again and again.

When I’m hungry and in a hurry, I have been known to just resort to tossing pasta in butter and noodles and calling it good. It is good, but something like this dish takes about the same amount of time and is so much more satisfying! You make the sauce while the spaghetti cooks, so it doesn’t really add on any extra time.

1/2 lb spaghetti
1 cup whole-milk ricotta
3 cups baby arugula
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon extra olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon red chili flake (optional)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta, olive oil, parmesan, garlic, lemon zest and juice, and chili flake, if using. Season with salt and pepper stir to combine.
Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and drain well.
Return spaghetti, ricotta sauce, reserved pasta water, and arugula to the pot and stir to coat the pasta in sauce, adding more pasta water if needed.
Serve with additional parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!