Pasta with Ricotta and Peas

by simplylife on April 14, 2011

Remember how I used the Ricotta Cheese as a pizza base?  Well in the same week I decided to also use the cheese for this fun pasta mix!  I’ve definitely been enjoying more “spring theme” meals lately; I like to remind myself as often as possible that we really survived the winter!


The ricotta cheese adds a nice mild flavor while making everything a bit creamier.  It’s the perfect mix that’s just bursting with different flavors and textures!


To make this, cook whole wheat pasta according to package directions.  Reserve one cup of the water.  While the pasta is cooking sautee 1 chopped onion in olive oil for about 5 minutes.  Next, I add 2 chopped cloves of garlic and cooked for about 2-3 minutes.  I added about 1/2 cup of white wine then about 1 cup of froze peas.  Add a squeeze of lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper and as much reserved pasta water as preferred.  Toss together with about 1/3-1/2 cup ricotta cheese and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Serve and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Rachel Ray
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~Do you have a favorite pasta dish to share? I’m always looking for new ideas!
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  • Erica

    I LOVE making pasta this way! I think I started doing it after seeing a Giada recipe (yayy for Food Network!). its so creamy and delicious without feeling super heavy!! I have tons of favorites…have you ever tried Ellie Kriegers Four Cheese Macaroni? Its Mac N Cheese made with squash and totally rocks!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I never think to use peas but I love them. Great looking dinner!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I love making light pasta sauces with ricotta! It's always delicious!! I recently made a Mediterranean Pasta dish that was pretty good. Basically just whole wheat pasta with a bunch of Italian add-ins. So..I would reccomend that :D

  • aipi

    That looks so fresh n delicious!

    US Masala

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking

    I don't like peas, but I would totally make this with broccoli!

  • Junia

    oooo fresh spring green pasta salad looks great! hmm, i tend to make baked ziti for my omnivore family + friends!!!

  • Emily Z

    This looks so amazingly springy and healthy! Beautifully done! I love ricotta in pasta!

  • Hamaree Rasoi

    Pasta looks amazingly delicious and colorful. You are a class act. Great recipe.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

  • Julie

    that looks SO yummy! My husband prepared a pasta salad last night that was incredible. Cheese MAKES the salad!

  • Meri

    Those peas look so juicy and good! I love the spring themed meals.

  • Natalia – a side of simple

    I was just debating in my head this morning if peas would go well with pasta for dinner tonight! So thank you. You have more than convinced me :)

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking

    Lovely spring pasta! I love all the green :)

  • decocinasytacones

    Very good recipe!, I take note of it!

  • Mom

    This looks like it should be placed in front of me right now! No fair! I had peas in my pasta last week and your father was shocked! This looks amazing!

  • Priya

    Looks fabulous and filling..

  • experfectionist.com

    hmmm, this loooks good. I have this weird aversion to peas though. I may have to substitute this with something else. But a fabulous ideaa.

  • MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College

    Wow, gorgeous! I love peas and pasta together.

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)

    I love the addition of ricotta. It probably adds a nice creamy texture to the pasta. Yum!
    I have yet to go wrong with any of Giada's pasta dishes. They always turn out amazing!

  • Maris (In Good Taste)

    This looks like the perfect dish for a spring day!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    I love adding ricotta to dishes like this!

  • Autumn@Good Eats Girl

    This looks great! A perfect spring/summer dish!

  • our journey west…

    this is a little heavy (Vodka Pasta) but very delicious. also good with spicy Italian sausage added to it!

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/12/friday-night-dinner-pasta-alla-vodka/

  • Natalie

    I always go super basic with either olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, and basil…or a homemade red sauce. I could eat pasta every day :)

  • baking.serendipity

    I've never made pasta like this before, but I love the idea of it :) Sometimes I buy ricotta for a specific recipe and then aren't sure what to do with it from there. I love your collection of recipes recently!

  • Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    I love this pasta dish SO much, and it is really easy!

    http://everydayfoodiecanada.blogspot.com/2010/08/creamy-parmesan-fusilli-4-cups.html

  • Jennifer

    I don't know if you noticed buuuut…. peas are my FAVORITE! <3 bahaha! yum!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  • Suman Singh

    Yummy and delicious pasta.

  • Le Petit Lapin

    Your pasta dish looks delicious…I might just give it a try tonight!

    I've been cooking in the same spring-themed manner … Thank goodness the winter is over!

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self

    This looks so fresh and delicious!

  • Daisy

    gosh that looks tasty! I'm starved.

  • elmundodelola

    Looks so good!!! mmm

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