Cherry tomato, kale, ricotta & pesto pasta

Cherry tomato, kale, ricotta & pesto pasta

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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

  • kcal641
  • fat17g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs99g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre7g
  • protein24g
  • salt0.4g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    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
    Kale

    Kale

    kay-el

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

  • 4 tbsp ricotta
    Ricotta

    Ricotta

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

  • 4 tbsp fresh pesto
    Pesto

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

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

    The…

  • Parmesan or vegetarian alternative, to serve (optional)
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

Method

  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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slesley
4th Nov, 2015
5.05
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
10th May, 2015
5.05
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
15th Feb, 2015
3.8
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.
hopeoloye
4th Sep, 2014
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
30th Aug, 2014
5.05
Loved it, loved it, loved it!!
absolutetwoddle
29th Apr, 2014
5.05
Such a quick and easy dish. The flavours are amazing, never had kale before and will defiantly be making it again!
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rosievimes
21st Feb, 2014
5.05
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
3rd Feb, 2014
Very easy and really tasty!
justina87
19th Dec, 2013
This is nice but required A LOT of black pepper, plus added chillies, shallots and bacon to make it a bit more substantial.
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hannah6055
16th Oct, 2013
Looks delicious!

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