Cherry tomato, kale, ricotta & pesto pasta

Cherry tomato, kale, ricotta & pesto pasta

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Fresh basil sauce and cherry tomatoes give this healthy dish a beautiful colour - it's also full of fibre and vitamin C

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcalories641
  • fat17g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs99g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre7g
  • protein24g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes
  • 2 x 400g cans cherry tomatoes
  • 500g penne
  • 200g kale, chopped



    A member of the cabbage family, kale comes in two forms: kale, which has smooth leaves, and…

  • 4 tbsp ricotta



    Ricotta is an Italian curd cheese. Made from whey, it is traditionally a by-product of making…

  • 4 tbsp fresh pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • Parmesan or vegetarian alternative, to serve (optional)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

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  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the garlic and cook for 2 mins until golden. Add the chilli flakes and tomatoes, season well, and simmer for 15 mins until the sauce is thick and reduced.

  2. While the sauce is cooking, cook the pasta following pack instructions – add the kale for the final 2 mins of cooking. Drain well and stir into the sauce, then divide between 4 bowls. Top each with a dollop of ricotta, a drizzle of pesto and shavings of Parmesan, if you like.

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Comments (29)

slesley's picture
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I made this because I was looking for a kale recipe, but I discovered how quick and delicious making your own pasta sauce could be.

chillertwist's picture
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This is definitely a 5 star pasta dish. The balance of flavours is perfect and the two people i made it for polished it off in 10 minutes flat and demanded the recipe! I made a second batch the next day and cooked the tomato sauce a bit too long because it was then a bit too sparce to cover all the pasta so careful not to do that. Definitely recommend this dish, it is now a regular in our house.

Zoe73's picture
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Easy, tasty recipe. Good combination of flavours. I used cottage cheese and it worked well, also added some mushrooms and cherry tomatos to the sauce. Will definitely make again.

juragancipir's picture

I always get recipes here and all of them so delicious and many of my friends - resep masakanare recommended by me as well

hopeoloye's picture

quick easy and absolutely delicious, used fresh basil instead of pesto cause of a nut allergy and substituted spinach for kale which still worked out wonderfully. great tasting meal!

annahorvath's picture
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Loved it, loved it, loved it!!

absolutetwoddle's picture
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Such a quick and easy dish. The flavours are amazing, never had kale before and will defiantly be making it again!

rosievimes's picture
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Made this yesterday and I have to say it was absolutley delicious! So quick and simple to make, and the combination of tomato, pesto and ricotta cheese was just perfect. We used a jar of pesto from the store-cupboard rather than fresh, but I think it worked just as well. We also added a few fresh cherry tomatoes. Portion size was just right for us; an entirely satisfying meal.

soizzy's picture

Very easy and really tasty!

justina87's picture

This is nice but required A LOT of black pepper, plus added chillies, shallots and bacon to make it a bit more substantial.

hannah6055's picture

Looks delicious!

VoldemortHasReturned's picture

Absolutely easy to make, tastes amazing!

clairelmoon's picture
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Super quick and easy and really tastey! Perfect for a mid-week meal.
I used a tin of chopped tomatoes and chilli powder and it worked really well. Will definitely make again.


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