It is said that this dish was created by the shepherds of the Calabria region of Italy. Very simple, and just as delicious!
* 1 lb short pasta, such as ziti or penne
* 1/2 lb ricotta cheese
* 8 Tbl softened butter, cut in small pieces
* 2 tsp (or more) black pepper
# Cook pasta in 5 qts rapidly boiling salted water until al dente . (firm to the bite)
# While pasta is cooking, place ricotta in serving dish, and mix in softened butter. When pasta is almost done, remove 3 Tbl of the cooking water and stir into ricotta. Stir well to make a smooth sauce. Add salt and pepper.
# Drain the cooked pasta, leaving a bit of cooking water clinging to the pasta to help it blend with the sauce. Add to ricotta and toss well. Serve immediately.