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A bowl of corkscrew pasta tossed with creamy ricotta and fresh chives.

Easy Herb and Ricotta Pasta

  • Author: Emily Wilson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian


An easy, fast, fresh-tasting pasta dish makes it to the table quickly and is sure to be a dish the whole family will enjoy.


  • 2 heaping cups of rigatoni pasta (about 810 ounces)
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta
  • 12 tablespoons fresh chives, small dice (or other fresh herbs)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Boil pasta according to package instructions. Strain. Drizzle with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.
  2. While pasta boils, combine ricotta, minced garlic, chopped chives and grated Parmesan and cayenne pepper in a large mixing bowl. Note, fresh garden chives usually have more bold flavor than store bought variety, so use between 1-2 tablespoons depending on how flavorful your chives are.
  3. Season ricotta mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Once pasta is strained, but still warm, toss in the bowl with the ricotta mix and stir to combine evenly. Serve while warm.

Keywords: easy pasta, kid friendly dinners, ricotta, cheesy pasta