This pasta is a like a lighter, zestier, brighter fettuccine alfredo, and comes together as fast as you can boil pasta. Adapt it to use whatever herbs you prefer or have on hand, but don't skip the lemon. —sara_lenton_
What You'll Need
linguine or fettuccine
zest and juice of one lemon
mint-flavored olive oil
reserved pasta water
salt (to taste)
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the dried pasta and cook according to package instructions. I cook mine until "al dente," which usually takes 7-8 minutes. Reserve at least 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking liquid when it is done.
As the pasta cooks, combine the lemon zest and juice, olive oil, chives, parsley and ricotta in a large bowl.
Add the cooked and drained pasta to the bowl along with the pat of butter. Stir a few times to let the butter melt into everything. Add the parmesan-romano cheese and stir to combine. Add some reserved pasta cooking liquid until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.