loving calabro ricotta right now

loving calabro ricotta right now

Spring is in the air! So why not put it on your plate! ZZest Market just got in fresh ricotta, which of course is fabulous on toast with jam… wait there’s more! Here’s one of our favorite recipes.

Pasta with Calabro Ricotta , Lemon and Fresh Peas


10 ounces of pasta (we love Rustichella brand, and we also love fun shapes like farfalle, croxetti, orecchiette, caprice. All available at ZZest Market come check them out!!)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

2 cups fresh peas (Trader Joe’s always has them!)

1 cup Calabro ricotta

1/3 cup fresh grated pecorino cheese

2 teaspoons preserved lemon minced (here ONLY Robert Lambert will work!)

2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint or basil

sea salt and fresh ground pepper


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions.

In a medium pan, saute the garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the peas along with a pinch of salt and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

When the pasta is cooked, set aside 1/4 cup of pasta water, then drain the pasta.

In a large bowl, toss the hot pasta with the peas, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and preserved lemon. Add the reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the ricotta cheese coats all of the pasta. Season to taste and serve hot.


Stir in a little N’duja sausage spicy and delicious. Add fresh chopped cherry tomatoes or pomodoraccio tomatoes, more veggies like asparagus, spring onions and zucchini. Slivered prosciutto or speck. And there’s always chicken!