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Lemon Ricotta Pasta on a white plate with fresh lemon
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Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Lemon Ricotta Pasta is an easy spaghetti recipe. This fuss free ricotta pasta has a simple lemon ricotta sauce with fresh basil and parmesan.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: lemon ricotta pasta, lemon ricotta spaghetti
Servings: 4
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Skillet
  • Saucepan
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon


Lemon Ricotta Pasta

  • 250 grams dried spaghetti Note 1
  • 250 grams ricotta cheese Note 2
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lemon juice and rind Note 3
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • parmesan cheese to serve
  • cracked pepper to serve


Lemon Ricotta Pasta

  • Cook pasta in boiling, salted water according to package instructions
  • Use a hand held grater to roughly grate lemon rind
  • In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, grated lemon rind, minced garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil and juice from the lemon. Stir to combine and consistent texture
  • Add ricotta pasta sauce to a skillet and bring to a low heat, stir to heat through.
  • Once sauce is bubbling at the edges add basil leaves and stir through sauce (for 1-2 mins)
  • Drain pasta and reserve ½ cup of pasta water
  • Add cooked pasta to ricotta sauce and stir to combine. Pour in reserved ½ cup pf pasta water and stir until sauce has consistent texture.
  • Portion and plate. Garnish with fresh lemon, basil leaves, parmesan and cracked pepper.



  • Note 1 My favourite pasta is spaghetti as I love getting my twirl on! Yet you can use your favourite. Be it fettucine, linguini, tagliatelle, penne, which ever pasta is your favourite! 
  • Note 2 You will find this in a tub in the fridge section of the store. You can get light or full fat ricotta, either will work well! 
  • Note 3 We use the rind (roughly grated) and juice of a whole lemon. Simply pick out any seeds or use a hand held juicer to quickly squeeze. 


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 384IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 1mg