From Pasta Et Cetera a la di Stasio
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: as long as it takes to cook the pasta
¾ cup ricotta or cottage cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan
5 tbsp butter, softened
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
3 tbsp fresh Italian/flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
½ tsp freshly grated lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 lb/450g short pasta
Freshly ground black pepper
Garnish: more chopped herbs
1. In a food processor, pulse the cheeses, butter, herbs, lemon zest & juice until smooth and set aside.
2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water as the package directs. Drain and reserve ½ cup of the cooking liquid
3. Return the pasta to the pot and add the cheesy herb mixture. Season with pepper (and salt if you need to) and toss, adding some of the pasta water if the sauce seems too thick.
Garnish with more freshly chopped herbs and serve.