Closeup of Lemon Ricotta Pesto Pasta in a white bowl with fresh lemon slices in the background on a white table

Gluten-Free Lemon Ricotta Pasta

We’re at the cusp of fall, which means some of us are wanting to hold onto bright, refreshing summer foods while others are ready to dive into a bowl of comfort food. Well, as luck would have it, I recently whipped up a delicious pasta that brings comfort food and refreshing food together in one bowl. You’re going to love the flavors in this Gluten-Free Lemon Ricotta Pasta.

Lemon and ricotta go together so nicely. In fact, lemon ricotta pancakes were one of my very early recipes on this blog and they are still one of my favorite recipes. For this lemon ricotta pasta, I used fresh organic lemons, whole milk ricotta cheese, and a few products from Pastene, including their grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, minced garlic, and gluten-free penne pasta.

This dish feels like fall decided to have a party with spring and summer. It’s a combination of the best of the seasons and is comforting and filling. Delish!

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Lemon Ricotta Pesto Pasta in a white bowl with fresh lemons and a potted basil plant in the background

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Closeup of Lemon Ricotta Pesto Pasta in a white bowl with fresh lemon slices in the background on a white table
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Gluten-Free Lemon Ricotta Pasta Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More



  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the penne per the package directions. Drain, reserving about a cup of the pasta cooking water.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the lemon juice, half the lemon zest, ricotta cheese, and Parmesan and cook until melted and warm, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the peas and cooked pasta. Add some of the pasta water if the sauce is too dry.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with basil and the rest of the lemon zest.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Lemon Ricotta Pasta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 425 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 342mg14%
Potassium 235mg7%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1688IU34%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 228mg23%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Lemon Parmesan Cheese Pasta Pastene Peas Ricotta
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