*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                  PASTA WITH HERBED RICOTTA AND PINE NUTS
 
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Main dish                        Pasta
                 Cheese
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    8       oz           Pasta (preferably spinach)
    2       T            Softened margarine
      1/2   c            Pine nuts
    1       x            Sm Onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
      3/4   c            Ricotta cheese (part skim)
    2       T            Chopped fresh parsley
    1       T            Tarragon
    1       T            Lemon juice
      1/2   t            Grated lemon rind
      1/2   t            Pepper
    1       d            Ground pepper
 
   GARNISH: halved cherry tomatoes, parsley sprigs, sweet red pepper strips,
   steamed asparagus spears, or sauteed mushroom caps dusted with paprika.
   Boil a large pot of warer; cook pasta until al dente.
   While pasta is cooking, in a small skillet, melt margarine. Add pine nuts
   and onion, stirring occasionally over medium heat for about 5 minutes,
   until pine nuts are lightly browned and onion is softened. Set aside.
   In a small bowl, beat cheese with remaining ingredients. Stir in
   pine nuts and onion.
   When pasta is done, drain well; toss with sauce. Top with freshly ground
   pepper and garnishes.
   VARIATIONS: - substitute raw cashews for pine nuts
   ~ substitute basil for tarragon
   ~ add 1/2 c chopped, cooked spinach to ricotta-sauce mixture
  
 
 
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