Cherry tomato, kale, ricotta & pesto pasta

Cherry tomato, kale, ricotta & pesto pasta

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

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Serves 4

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

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  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes
  • 2 x 400g cans cherry tomatoes
  • 500g penne
  • 200g kale, chopped
  • 4 tbsp ricotta
  • 4 tbsp fresh pesto
  • parmesan or vegetarian alternative, to serve (optional)

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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2012

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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

juragancipir's picture

every thing about cherry always interesting ... I really like cherry and this recipe adds my collections investasi saham

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!!

jhonabundance's picture

This is the best pasta i know. thank you for share learn reiki Thanks

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!