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Lemon Pepper Pasta

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Lemon Pepper Pasta is a vibrant dish that marries the bright tang of fresh lemon zest with the gentle warmth of cracked black pepper. Complementing this dish are crunchy breadcrumbs, salty parmesan cheese and dollops of creamy ricotta.

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STEP 1:  In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add ground breadcrumbs, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the crumbs are lightly brown and crisp, about 8-10 minutes.

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STEP 2:  Set your skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. Then, stir in garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 1 minute.  

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STEP 3:  Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, reserved pasta water and fresh cracked black pepper. Lower the heat and gently simmer for 1-2 minutes.

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STEP 4:  Add the cooked pasta to the skillet with the sauce.

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STEP 5:  Then, add grated parmesan cheese and toss to evenly coat. Season with salt.

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STEP 6:  Transfer the pasta into a serving dish or individual bowls. Dollop with whipped ricotta, breadcrumbs, extra lemon zest, and cracked black pepper. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil (if desired).

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STEP 7:  For a finishing touch, you can garnish the pasta with extra grated parmesan cheese, fresh basil, and grilled lemon slices. Enjoy!

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