- 3 x 250g/9oz tubs ricotta
Ricotta is an Italian curd cheese. Made from whey, it is traditionally a by-product of making…
- 2 eggs
The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
- 100g Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), finely grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- 4 large tomatoes - a mix of colours looks good
A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…
- handful good-quality black olives, stones removed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- ¼ tsp caster sugar
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- small bunch basil, leaves only
Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Beat the ricotta and eggs together, fold in most of the Parmesan, then season to taste. Line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with parchment, then scoop the ricotta into the tin. Level the top, scatter with the remaining cheese, then bake for 35 mins or until set and golden. Let cool, then turn it out. You can do this a day ahead.
Slice the tomatoes fairly thickly, then very roughly chop the olives. Whisk the olive oils, vinegar, sugar, garlic, olives and seasoning together. Just before you serve, roughly chop a few of the basil leaves and stir most into the dressing.
To serve, slice the ricotta and put onto plates. Toss the tomatoes with most of the basil and a little dressing. Serve alongside the ricotta, drizzle dressing over and scatter with remaining basil.