Cherry tomato, kale, ricotta & pesto pasta

Cherry tomato, kale, ricotta & pesto pasta

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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
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  • 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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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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16th Oct, 2013
Looks delicious!
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16th Oct, 2013
Absolutely easy to make, tastes amazing!
17th May, 2013
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.
19th Mar, 2013
I really love this!!! I used cottage cheese instead of ricotta, worked very well!
20th Feb, 2013
Delicious! I used Gnocchi instead of pasta and fresh cherry tomatoes and it was one of the best things I've ever cooked! I can't believe the recipe says 3 cloves of garlic though- I used 2 and in my opinion that was too much. And I love garlic!
18th Feb, 2013
Delicious. As someone who regularly cooks with spinach, it was a refreshing change to use kale in pasta recipe. The ricotta adds a richness that feels like a treat. Very quick and easy too.
14th Feb, 2013
Another great use for kale, is to make a kale pesto. Trust me, it is gorgeous. Replace the basil for kale. if you want to keep in the fridge for a week or so, dont add the parmesan cheese until you need to eat it, then it will keep safe and well in the fridge in a tight closed jar for up to a few weeks. happy kale pesto making!
19th Dec, 2012
I have been looking for more ways to use kale than aumply just in salad. This was a really delicious weekday meal - my husband loved it!! Usually use mozzerella so the ricotta was a first but I loved it - really soft and yummy! I used cayenne chilli pepper instead of the chilli flakes because it was all I had and it really gave the meal a nice kick!
21st Oct, 2012
Very yummy, no complaints at my table, would recommend crushing the garlic, not chopping, and putting in less kale, and for approx. 5 mins not two.


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