Cherry tomato, kale, ricotta & pesto pasta

Cherry tomato, kale, ricotta & pesto pasta

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(31 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

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


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    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 cloves, 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 cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of…

  • 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…


  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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Frantic Flapjack
29th Jul, 2019
This was a tasty pasta dish with a good balance of flavours. I would say the tomato sauce was a bit watery and acidic. If I made again, I would add a pinch of sugar to the tomato sauce before simmering.
5th Sep, 2018
You specifically call this a "healthy dish". Each portion has 641 calories and 17g fat.
4th Nov, 2015
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.
10th May, 2015
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.
15th Feb, 2015
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.
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!
30th Aug, 2014
Loved it, loved it, loved it!!
29th Apr, 2014
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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21st Feb, 2014
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.
3rd Feb, 2014
Very easy and really tasty!


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