30-Minute Meal: Pasta With Melted Ricotta & Herby Parmesan Sauce
This pasta is fast and fresh, with the ricotta melting into the hot pasta and coating it like a creamy sauce. The pine nuts give it crunch, while the herbs lend a fresh, scented flavour.
3 1/2 cups dried penne or other pasta
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup pine nuts
2 cups chopped rocket/arugula
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons ricotta, mashed
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bring a large saucepan of water to boil, add plenty of salt and return to boil. Cook the pasta of your choice according to the package instructions.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the pine nuts and fry gently until golden. Set aside.
Drain the cooked pasta, reserving 4 tablespoons of the cooking liquid and return both to the pan. Add the pine nuts and their oil, the herbs, ricotta, half the Parmesan and plenty of pepper. Stir until evenly coated.
Divide the pasta between warmed serving bowls and serve immediately, topped by the remaining Parmesan.
Credit: Easy 30-Minute Meals. $19.95, Ryland Peters and Small.
Photo credit: Ryland Peters & Small