We love this light and simple pasta, find it hearty enough for dinner and lovely as a lunch portion. The brothy-ness may seem like it’s a cold-weather dish, but the lemon-y flavor is perfect for summer. Enjoy!
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 clove garlic, peeled and lightly smashed
Grated zest of 1 lemon (Meyer, if available)
Juice of 1 lemon (Meyer, if available), plus more to taste
Coarse sea salt or kosher salt
1 pound pappardelle, broken into 2-inch pieces, or fusilli
3 tablespoons chopped mint
2 tablespoons chopped marjoram
1 tablespoon chopped fennel fronds or tarragon
Extra-virgin olive oil, for sprinkling
6 ounces ricotta salata
Coarsely ground black pepper
Fill a large pot with water and add enough salt so that you can taste it. Bring to a boil. Pour the chicken broth into a small saucepan, drop in the garlic and bring to a boil. Reduce by half. Remove garlic. Shut off the heat; add the lemon zest and juice. Season to taste. It should be highly seasoned because this will be the sauce for the pasta. Keep warm.
When the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente. After five minutes, ladle out about 1 cup of the cooking water and reserve. Drain the pasta, shake, then return it to the pot. Place over low heat and pour in the chicken broth. Sprinkle in the mint, marjoram and fennel and a little olive oil. Stir. The pasta should be brothy and lemony. Add some of the reserved cooking water, salt and more lemon juice, if needed.
Spoon into bowls so that the pasta is lying in a bit of broth. Crumble the ricotta over top, sprinkle with a dash more oil and grind pepper over the top. Serve.