This bucket ricotta pasta is a absolute weeknight meal! Cottony bland ricotta booze that comes calm in minutes, coats your admired noodles and gets tossed with broiled broccoli. Accessible as can be!

I’m on aggregation #easydinner this week! 

skillet ricotta pasta with roasted broccoli

Getting aback into the beat of things this division has been crazy in our house, so weeknight dinners accept been as simple as can be. Benefit credibility if it’s article we all adulation and can be fabricated in 30 account or less!

ricotta cheese

Because here’s the affair – this is SO embarrassingly easy. I mean, majorly easy. 

The absolute bowl takes about 20 annual – maybe a bit best if you annual for the time it takes to preheat your oven. Because broiled broccoli is accepting befuddled into this pasta and it’s the best affair ever.

pasta in creamy ricotta sauce

Broccoli is the accepted admired vegetable in our house. I accomplish it at atomic four or bristles canicule a week. The kids adulation it – Eddie brand it, alike admitting he prefers raw over broiled (eeeek) and I acquisition myself absolutely appetite it.

I mean, how? Who am I?!

skillet ricotta pasta

This buttery ricotta booze is fabricated in a bucket and comes calm in a minute or so. It makes the pasta bowl feel abundantly light, but additionally gives that abating buttery blanket to the pasta. It’s like a big comfortable indulgent hug, after actuality heavy. 

skillet ricotta pasta with roasted broccoli

Here’s how it goes down:

Boil some pasta – any shape! – and assets a little bit of the civil pasta water. 

Roast the broccoli to your adapted roastiness. I acquisition it to be absolute afterwards 20 account in the oven at 425. This is my go-to buzz time and acting for broccoli.

While the broccoli roasts, saute some garlic in olive oil. Barrel in ricotta cheese until it turns cottony and sauce-like. Barrel in the aloof pasta baptize so it becomes alike ADDED silky. Alkali and pepper.

Throw in the broccoli. And done! 

skillet ricotta pasta with roasted broccoli

That’s right. There isn’t alike parmesan in this, although it would be a accustomed accession if you wish.

skillet ricotta pasta with roasted broccoli up close

As usual, the best allotment is that you can use this as a abject for whatever you accept in the fridge! Add a agglomeration of vegetables, add some broiled craven or alike shrimp. It can be abundantly simple or next-level clean-out-the-fridge loaded. Your call!

skillet ricotta pasta with roasted broccoli

Skillet Ricotta Pasta with Broiled Broccoli

Skillet Ricotta Pasta with Broiled Broccoli

Skillet ricotta pasta is a absolute weeknight meal! Cottony bland ricotta booze that coats your admired noodles, tossed with broiled broccoli.
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  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher alkali and pepper
  • 8 ounces cavatappi pasta (or any brainstorm you like!)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon freshly awkward auto juice
  • ½ to ¾ cup reserved pasta water
  • crushed red pepper flakes, for topping
  • parmesan cheese, optional, for sprinkling


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Abode the broccoli florets on a baking area and bung with 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or use a aerosol olive oil if you wish!). Division all over with alkali and pepper. Buzz for 20 minutes, or until aureate and hardly charred.
  • While the broccoli is roasting, accompany a pot of absolute baptize to a abscess and baker your pasta according to the directions. Bethink to assets your pasta water!
  • Heat the actual 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a nonstick bucket over medium-low heat. Activity in the garlic and baker for 1 minute. Abate the calefaction to low and activity in the ricotta cheese. It will booty a few account for it to become creamy. Add a big compression of alkali and pepper. Activity in the auto abstract and ½ cup of aloof pasta baptize until the booze is bland and silky. You can add a bit added pasta baptize if you acquisition it needs to be thinner or smoother! This will all depend on the cast of your ricotta. Aftertaste the ricotta admixture and add added alkali and pepper if needed. Don't skip tasting it!
  • Add in the pasta and bung able-bodied to covering in the ricotta mixture. Bung in the broiled broccoli.
  • Top with ashamed red pepper flakes and serve! Baptize with parmesan if you’d like!

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skillet ricotta pasta with roasted broccoli

It’s analgesic creaminess!