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Best Lemon Ricotta Pasta

This is Lemon Ricotta Pasta is the best, easy and perfect for vegetarian dinners. Fettuccine in creamy lemon ricotta sauce, with spinach and garlic, is served with toasted breadcrumbs for a contrast of textures and added flavor!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword ricotta pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 454 kcal
Author Anna


  • 8 oz fettuccine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves sliced thinly
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 6 oz whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water, until al dente. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water, then drain pasta. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over it and stir in, this will keep it from sticking. Keep warm.

  2. In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning and toast until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, melt remaining butter with oil. Add thinly sliced garlic and fry until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Add spinach and stir in. Cook until wilted.
  5. Add lemon juice, zest and ricotta cheese. Stir in. Cook until creamy.
  6. Add pasta to skillet and stir in to coat with sauce. Add half of pasta water and stir in. If needed, add more.
  7. Add cheese and stir in.
  8. Serve pasta garnished with toasted bread crumbs, and more Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes

  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  • For more protein, beans, chicken or shrimp can be added as well.
Nutrition Facts
Best Lemon Ricotta Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 644mg28%
Potassium 264mg8%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1203IU24%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 284mg28%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.