Basil Ricotta Macaroni and Cheese

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 8 ounces short pasta (elbows, cavatappi, etc)
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 2 cups fresh ricotta
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Cook pasta in heavily salted water until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of cooking water and drain. Return to pot.
  2. Add butter and stir until butter is melted. Add ricotta and stir gently until ricotta is worked into the pasta.
  3. Pour a little pasta water into the pot until you have a very light sauce.
  4. Divide among plates. Grind fresh pepper on top, scatter basil leaves on each plate and serve.