Tomato, Spinach and Ricotta Pasta



Fresh Dish

This delicious Tomato, Spinach and Ricotta Pasta dish is easy to make has a wonderful fresh flavor.  Creamy ricotta cheese is seasoned then whipped together with the warn pasta.  It is then plated and topped with fresh baby spinach and vine ripe cherry tomatoes.  It could not get fresher than that.

In order to get the best taste from a tomato, they should stay on the vine until ripe.  The distinct flavor and slight acidity of the tomato, combined with the fresh baby spinach and ricotta cheese, give this pasta dish just the right balance of texture and flavor.

Tomato, Spinach and Ricotta Pasta is a great dish for a spring/summer dinner or a nice Sunday brunch.  Serve this dish with plenty of Pecorino-Romano cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of dried penne pasta
  • 2 Tbs of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs of butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thin
  • 20 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 pound of baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup of fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 pound of ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup of fresh grated Pecorino-Romano cheese

Preparation:

  • In a large pot bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil.  Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente.  Around 10  to 15 minutes.
  • While the penne is cooking, heat the oil and butter in a large skillet.
  • Add the onions, garlic and tomatoes and saute until onions are translucent and tomatoes are cooked.
  • Stir in the basil, oregano, salt and pepper
  • Rinse the spinach under cold water and place in a separate frying pan.  
  • Stir the spinach until wilted. Drain the remaining water and add the spinach into the tomato mixture.
  • Drain the pasta and place it into a pasta bowl.
  • Lightly stir in the ricotta and 1/2 cup of the Romano cheese.
  • Plate the pasta and top with the tomato mixture.
  • Serve with the remaining cheese.

Serves 4



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