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Roasted Tomato Ricotta Pasta
Elevate your pasta game with this mouthwatering roasted tomato and garlic pasta sauce recipe. Follow my step-by-step directions and enjoy a delightful combination of flavors. Don’t forget to check out our handy tips and tricks section for an extra touch of culinary finesse!
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Roasted Tomato Ricotta Pasta
4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
7-8 ripe plum tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
6-8 fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup of chopped parsley
16 ounces of ricotta cheese
Pasta of your choice (e.g., penne)
Pecorino Romano cheese, for topping
Fresh chopped parsley and basil, for garnish
Note: These measurements are approximate and can be adjusted according to your taste preferences.
Step 1: Prep Your Sheet Pan: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Grab a sheet pan and line it with aluminum foil for easy cleanup later on.
Step 2: Prepare the Ingredients: Peel and chop 4-5 cloves of garlic. Spread the garlic evenly over the foil-lined sheet pan. Next, take 7-8 ripe plum tomatoes and slice them lengthwise. Arrange the tomato slices on top of the garlic, making sure to cover the garlic completely. This will prevent it from burning in the oven.
Step 3: Seasoning Time: Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper over the tomatoes. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil evenly over the tomatoes, ensuring they are well-coated.
Step 4: Roasting Magic: Place the sheet pan in the preheated oven and let the tomatoes roast for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them until they become beautifully browned and fragrant.
Step 5: Blend It All Together: Using the foil as a handy guide, carefully transfer the roasted tomatoes and garlic into a blender. Add about 6-8 fresh basil leaves, approximately 1/4 cup of chopped parsley, and 16 ounces of ricotta cheese to the blender. Blend the mixture until well combined, for about 30 seconds.
Step 6: Pasta Perfection: Cook your favorite pasta, such as penne, according to the package instructions until it reaches al dente perfection. Once cooked, drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Pour the delectable roasted tomato and garlic sauce over the pasta and toss it all together until each noodle is coated in the flavorful sauce.
Step 7: Garnish and Serve: To add an extra touch of freshness, sprinkle some Pecorino Romano cheese, fresh chopped parsley, and basil over the pasta. Serve it up hot and enjoy the explosion of flavors in every bite!
Tips and Tricks:
Feel free to experiment with different tomato varieties for unique flavors and textures.
For an extra kick, add a pinch of chili flakes while seasoning the tomatoes.
Customize the sauce to your taste by adjusting the amount of garlic, herbs, and seasonings.
If you prefer a smoother consistency, blend the sauce for a bit longer until it reaches your desired texture.
This sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, or frozen for future use.
Now that you have the perfect recipe for a roasted tomato and garlic pasta sauce, it’s time to get cooking! Prepare this flavorful sauce, toss it with your favorite pasta, and enjoy a delightful