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Cooking With CESI: Linguine with Lemon Ricotta

Today’s delicious recipe comes from Cooking Light and is a fantastic example of how healthy, simple ingredients can be transformed into a dish you would be proud to serve to any guest! As an added bonus, the estimated cost per serving for this meal is a mere $2.20 per serving. Healthy, impressive and budget friendly is winning combination!

Linguine with Quick Lemon Ricotta

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2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
8 ounces uncooked linguine
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 small yellow squash, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup small fresh mint leaves

Preparation

1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a microwave-safe 1-quart liquid measuring cup; microwave at HIGH for 4 minutes. Stir to form small curds. Strain through a sieve lined with a double layer of cheesecloth; let stand for 5 minutes. Discard liquid. Scrape cheese mixture into a small bowl; stir in rind and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat, and drain. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add squash and zucchini to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, tomatoes, and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Add broth and pasta to pan, and cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, tossing to combine. Place 2 cups pasta mixture in each of 4 shallow bowls; sprinkle each serving evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons cheese mixture and 1 tablespoon mint. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

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