Penne With Ricotta, Lemon And Basil

Penne With Ricotta, Lemon And Basil

Prep Time 10 Minutes
Serves 4
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Difficulty Easy

This is a great pasta salad to serve at a barbecue. You can prepare the sauce in advance and then just cook the pasta, mix in and serve. The zesty lemon and perfumey basil flavours are all summer.


  • Ricotta cheese - 200g/7oz
  • Lemon – the grated zest of 1
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese - 50g/2oz
  • Penne - 400g/14oz
  • Basil olive oil for drizzling
  • Basil leaves – 15g roughly torn


Step 1
In a bowl add the ricotta, lemon zest, salt and pepper and beat together briefly with a whisk.
Step 2
Then mix in the torn basil and grated parmesan. At this point you can press pause and pick it up later.
Step 3
Cook the pasta in plenty of salted water according to the instructions.
Step 4
Add a ladle or so of the pasta water to the ricotta mixture and mix it in.
Step 5
When the pasta is al dente, drain it and mix with the ricotta.
Step 6
Add a drizzle of olive oil with basil and serve.