Dress Up Your Pasta

Photo by: Justin Walker

Justin Walker

Take a tip from the restaurant world and top your pasta with a dollop of ricotta instead of the usual Parmesan. It adds a creamy texture and a slightly sweet flavor — perfect with a tomato-based sauce, like Food Network Magazine's Penne with Eggplant Sauce (pictured above). Look for fresh ricotta at the market: It's extra soft and rich.

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