Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Spinach (low carb option included!)

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or onion powder
  • 1 lb dry
  • fettuccine
  • 1-2 cups reserved pasta water
  • 6 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan (plus more for serving)
  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and a little garlic/onion powder.
  2. Grill or pan-fry the tenders until cooked through, set aside and keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the fettuccine in salted water (reserve 2 cups pasta water before draining pasta.
  4. Drain water (reserve 2 cups).
  5. Heat a large skillet, dutch oven or large saucepan to
  6. medium-low and add olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, ricotta, 1/2 cup hot reserved pasta water, and parmesan and mix together.
  7. Add the pasta, and to toss to coat.
  8. Add the spinach, and allow to wilt.
  9. (Add in more pasta water as desired to thin and season with salt and pepper to taste)
  10. Toss until everything is thoroughly heated, then add the
  11. chicken.
  12. Serve warm topped with more parmesan and lemon slices.