Penne with Zucchini and Ricotta - Ricotta is one of those rich-in-protein cheeses that’s actually good for you, so eat up, have seconds and remember when you’re feeling uninspired, to just get back to what you love.

Recipe: Penne with Zucchini and Ricotta

Summary: Ricotta is one of those rich-in-protein cheeses that’s actually good for you, so eat up, have seconds and remember when you’re feeling uninspired, to just get back to what you love.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • pinch chili flakes
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced into half moons
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 pound penne rigate
  • 1/3 cup fresh ricotta (not the packaged kind, it’s really not the same.)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmigiano (or cheese of your choice)

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat, add the oil and the chili flakes. Let sizzle for a few seconds. Add the chopped onion and the zucchini and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini are tender. In the meantime, bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the penne according to instructions for al dente. Drain, reserving about 1/3 cup of the pasta cooking liquid. (You probably won’t use it all.)
  3. Toss penne in the skillet with the zucchini, lowering the heat to a simmer. Add the ricotta and a bit of the water at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Sprinkle with the parmigiano and serve immediately.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 3

Recipe adapted from: TheBootblog.net