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Shells with Ricotta, Basil and Lemon Recipe - Vegetarian Times

Shells with Ricotta, Basil and Lemon

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30 minutes or fewer

Toasted breadcrumbs give this dish an authentic touch.

  • 6Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. medium-size dried pasta shells or rigatoni
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups low-fat ricotta cheese (15 oz.)
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 16 fresh basil leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1 lemon, cut in wedges

Preparation

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown.

3. Combine ricotta, lemon juice and zest in warm serving bowl. Fold in basil; season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Toss pasta with ricotta mixture until well coated. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary. Sprinkle with toasted breadcrumbs, and garnish with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 394
  • Carbohydrate Content: 65 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 27 mg
  • Fat Content: 6 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 437 mg
  • Sugar Content: 5 g