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Spaghetti with Creamy Ricotta Pesto

May 2010
Spaghetti with Creamy Ricotta Pesto

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Give the green light to a truly indulgent pasta sauce. Puree pesto with parmesan and ricotta cheeses.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 25 mins

  • 2 cups packed basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • Salt
  1. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Put the basil in a sieve and submerge in the boiling water, stirring, until bright green, 10 to 15 seconds. Submerge in the prepared ice water; drain on a kitchen towel and squeeze dry. Salt the boiling water and add the spaghetti; cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water; return the pasta to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, using a food processor, puree the basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, nuts, parmesan, ricotta and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the pesto to the spaghetti and toss well. Top with extra basil leaves and serve with more parmesan.