Lemony Spaghetti with Peas and Ricotta Recipe

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Todd Rivera Modified: March 21, 2022
Lemony Spaghetti with Peas and Ricotta Recipe

How To Make Lemony Spaghetti with Peas and Ricotta

Do something new for pasta night with this lemony spaghetti recipe. The zesty dish is topped with healthy peas and made creamier with some fresh ricotta.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



  • 4tbspolive oil
  • ¾cuppanko bread crumbs
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾cupfresh ricotta
  • 2tbsplemon zest,finely grated, divided, (heaping)
  • 5tbspfresh lemon juice,divided
  • salt and pepper,to taste
  • ¾lbdry spaghetti
  • 1largespring onion bulbs,(about ½ cup), or 3 small, tough outer layers removed and the rest halved and thinly sliced
  • cupsfresh green peas,or frozen green peas
  • ¼cupchicken stock,or vegetable stock
  • 2tbspfresh parsley,chopped


  1. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil while proceeding with the recipe.

  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the Panko, and stir constantly for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the crumbs are golden. Season with salt and pepper, transfer to a bowl, and set aside. Wipe the skillet clean.

  3. In another small bowl, stir the ricotta, 1 heaping tablespoon of the lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice together (save the rest). Add salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and set timer for 2 minutes less than the recommended time.

  5. Cook the spaghetti uncovered in vigorously boiling water. When done, it should be cooked, but still firm in the middle. Scoop out half a cup of the pasta water for the sauce, and drain in a colander.

  6. While the pasta cooks, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in the same large skillet used to toast the breadcrumbs. Add the spring onions, and cook, stirring often, for 6 to 7 minutes, or until they are soft and translucent.

  7. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons lemon juice, the remaining 1 tablespoons lemon zest, the chicken stock and the peas. Cook, stirring often for 1 to 2 minutes or until the peas are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Reduce the heat to low. With tongs, transfer the cooked spaghetti and ¼ cup of the pasta water to the skillet. Toss until hot, adding more pasta water if necessary until the pasta is coated with sauce. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if desired.

  9. Divide the spaghetti among four pasta bowls. Dollop spoonfuls of the ricotta over the pasta, and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and parsley.


  • Calories: 411.16kcal
  • Fat: 14.47g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.05g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.87g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.49g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.36g
  • Fiber: 4.56g
  • Sugar: 4.57g
  • Protein: 14.11g
  • Cholesterol: 16.11mg
  • Sodium: 399.09mg
  • Calcium: 112.80mg
  • Potassium: 306.51mg
  • Iron: 1.81mg
  • Vitamin A: 58.83µg
  • Vitamin C: 24.49mg
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