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Lemon linguine with ricotta and fennel

This lemon linguine is the ultimate vegetarian comfort food. Low calorie and one of your five-a-day, it's an easy one for weeknights.

Serves 4

Prep Time 10 min

Cooking Time 15 min


  • 350g linguine
  • 1½tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb, finely sliced
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Zest 1 lemon and juice 2
  • 200g ricotta
  • Parmesan-style vegetarian cheese, grated, and fresh flatleaf parsley, chopped (optional), to serve


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of unsalted water according to the pack instructions until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan. Add the fennel and black pepper. Fry over a medium-high heat for 8–10 min, stirring regularly, until wilted and softened with a bit of colour.
  3. Add the chilli and garlic to the fennel and cook for a few min, then turn off the heat. Add the lemon zest and juice.
  4. Remove about 150ml of the pasta cooking water and reserve, then drain the pasta in a colander. Stir the pasta into the fennel mix, adding the ricotta and reserved cooking water. Toss together, so the ricotta and water emulsify into a sauce. Sprinkle with the grated cheese and parsley, if using, and drizzle with the remaining olive oil to serve.

Nutrition per serving

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437 16.4g 12.2g 4.4g 4.5g 4.2g 0.2g 161mg 63.1g 1.9mg

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