Creamy Meyer Lemon Pasta with Homemade Ricotta and Broccoli #SundaySupper


The theme for #SundaySupper this week is so much fun, the only way for you not to enjoy    it is if you are lactose intolerant or you don’t like cake!

Many moons ago at one of the #SundaySupper twitter chats we got on the subject of cheesecake, and ran with it, totally got off topic of whatever we were discussion.   The enthusiasm was so big that Isabel finally decided it was time for a cheesecake them!

Now, cheesecake isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and they aren’t that easy to make.  Geniuses that we are we split the word and decided on a Cheese, Cake and Cheesecake theme!  Fun, right? 

IMG_8133.jpg Since I had my fill of cheesecake recently, I went with the cheese portion.  Everyone loves cake, but there needs to be something savory in the mix with all that sweet! 

One of my favorite things to do is make a creamy pasta by tossing it with a soft cheese and some leftover pasta water.  Comfort food at its best, a quick simple meal and almost always meat free.  This one was even better since it was tossed with freshly made ricotta cheese

Creamy Meyer Lemon Pasta with Homemade Ricotta and Broccoli


Creamy Meyer Lemon Pasta with Homemade Ricotta and Broccoli #SundaySupper

If you choose not to make your own ricotta, I suggest buying the highest quality available to you. It's the focus of this dish and you want the best!

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  • 12oz fresh pasta (such as fettuccine)
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3/4 cup homemade ricotta cheese
  • juice and zest from 1 meyer lemon
  • reserved pasta water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F. lay your broccoli on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Once the oven is pre-heated, roast the broccoli for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  3. While the broccoli is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  4. Cook the pasta according to the packages directions, drain, reserving 1/4 cup water.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, meyer lemon zest and juice.
  6. Place the cooked pasta in a large serving bowl and toss with 3/4 of the ricotta mixture, if it seems a little thick, thin out with some of the reserved pasta water.
  7. Mix in the roasted broccoli and toss again with the remaining ricotta, making sure the broccoli and pasta are completely covered with sauce.
  8. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  9. Serve immediately.
Recipe Type: Main Dish, Vegetarian, Cheese

IMG_8129.jpgCheck out the rest of the offerings below!

Cheese –
Cakes –
& Cheesecakes


Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. This week we will be sharing our love of Cheese, Cakes AND Cheesecakes!  Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST!

Follow the #SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. 

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50 thoughts on “Creamy Meyer Lemon Pasta with Homemade Ricotta and Broccoli #SundaySupper

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  8. Diana @GourmetDrizzles

    What a simple, yet flavorful dish! Sounds like a perfect dish to make after a long day at work… can’t wait! 😉

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  11. Renee

    What freshness to a pasta dish with lemon and homemade ricotta. What a nice recipe for spring. Or actually before to give a taste of spring in the cold winter.

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  16. Liz

    I was wondering how this theme was chosen! It’s fun to see some savory options mixed in with the cakes…and your pasta looks wonderful!

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  18. Jenn and Seth

    i can’t stop looking at that pasta – it is just so creamy and delicious! i have yet to make homemade ricotta, and you have totally convinced me i need to. then i can make this gorgeous pasta!

  19. The Ninja Baker

    What a wonderful idea to mix Meyer lemon with broccoli in pasta. Certainly, I’ve had lemon accented veggies but not with noodles. I can only imagine it tastes even better with lovely ricotta, too. Thank you for introducing this recipe, Susan =)

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  21. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    I need to make this dish. I may not make the ricotta (making cheese scares me – I’m always worried I’m going to give myself food poisoning by not doing it right!) but the pasta I can handle. This looks fabulous!

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  24. mjskit

    What a delicious dish! So full of flavor! I love it so much that I added it to my list of Meyer Lemon recipes that caught my eye in my most recent post. Thank you so much for sharing such a great recipe!

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