Bowties with Peas, Ricotta, and Lemon Zest

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Makes servings

10 ounces bowtie-shaped pasta or gluten-free pasta

1 clove garlic, minced

2 cups fresh or frozen green peas

1½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons lemon zest


1 teaspoon olive oil

Need a kid-friendly dinner in a flash? This easy, cheesy pasta dish comes together in 15 minutes flat, and makes delicious use of spring’s fresh, sweet peas. Lemon zest adds extra brightness, plus pretty flecks of color.


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions.

2. In a medium pan, saute the garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the peas along with a pinch of salt and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. When the pasta is cooked, set aside 1/4 cup of pasta water, then drain the pasta.

4. In a large bowl, toss the hot pasta with the peas, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and lemon zest. Add the reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the ricotta cheese coats all of the bowties. Season to taste and serve hot.

Per Serving:

Calories: 514

Carbohydrates: 66 g

Fat: 17 g

Protein: 26 g

Fiber: 4 g

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes