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Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Ricotta Cheese

This fresh tomato sauce and pasta comes together in less than 15 minutes and is made even healthier with whole wheat pasta and fresh spinach. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 540 kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta I use farfalle
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 1 pound cocktail size tomatoes about 8-10 tomatoes, quartered
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil slivered
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the whole wheat pasta in salted water 1 minute less than the package directions, so pasta is done, but al dente. Drain and reserve ¼ cup of the pasta water.

  2. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add the minced garlic and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for about 5 minutes until oil becomes fragrant, stirring often. Be sure to watch the garlic so it doesn’t burn.

  3. Add the tomatoes with any juice and season with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes until warmed through.

  4. Add the drained hot pasta to the tomatoes. Add the fresh spinach and toss =until spinach begins to wilt. Add the fresh basil leaves, grated parmesan cheese and more kosher salt and pepper to taste. If the pasta seems dry, add more olive oil or 1-2 tablespoons of pasta water to the pasta mixture.

  5. Top with dollops of fresh ricotta, drizzle with more olive oil, and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Use any variety of pasta noodle you like. I usually make this with a shorter pasta noodle to get even bites of pasta and tomato with each forkful. 

Nutrition Facts
Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Ricotta Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 540 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 275mg12%
Potassium 559mg16%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 2828IU57%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 332mg33%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.