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Penne with Tomato Sauce and Baked Ricotta

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After making spanakopita, I was left with a mostly full container of ricotta. I had bookmarked this recipe a while ago and decided to give it a try. After all, I needed to use the rest of the ricotta up! I loved the way this dish turned out. It’s a sweet tomato sauce and the creaminess of the baked ricotta goes perfectly with it. Give it a try – it won’t disappoint!

Penne with Tomato Sauce and Baked Ricotta

1 15-ounce container part-skim ricotta, drained
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pound whole wheat penne
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
fresh basil, torn
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place ricotta in 9″ cake pan and press down to a 1-inch thick disk. Rub with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes and then set aside to cool.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is translucent, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes to onion and garlic and let simmer for 15 minutes. . Season with salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Top cooked pasta with sauce, ricotta, basil and Parmesan cheese.

adapted from Cate’s World Kitchen


Author: Jenni

Dietitian by day and Midwest food blogger by night. Lover of whiskey, running, and all things food.

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