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Tomato and baked ricotta pasta freddo


You'll need

4 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges ½ small Spanish onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tsp caster sugar 400 gm mixed cherry tomatoes 300 gm dried spiral pasta 50 ml extra-virgin olive oil 1½ tbsp aged balsamic vinegar Juice of ½ lemon, or to taste 1 cup (loosely packed) rocket, coarsely torn 2 tbsp each coarsely torn flat-leaf parsley and oregano   Baked ricotta 300 gm wedge of firm ricotta 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil Juice and finely grated rind of 1 lemon 2 tsp thyme

Method

  • 01
  • For baked ricotta, preheat oven to 180C. Place ricotta on a baking tray lined with baking paper, drizzle with oil and lemon juice, scatter with rind and thyme and season generously to taste. Bake until golden brown and firm (30-40 minutes), then cool completely and coarsely crumble.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, combine heirloom tomatoes, onion, garlic and sugar in a large bowl. Coarsely crush cherry tomatoes with your hands, add to heirloom tomato mixture, season to taste and stand until juicy (10-15 minutes).
  • 03
  • Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (8-10 minutes), drain, rinse under cold running water and add to tomato mixture. Add olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice, season to taste, toss to combine, then add rocket and herbs. Scatter with baked ricotta and serve at room temperature.
This recipe is from the March 2013 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

Drink Suggestion

Pale pink, dry rosato.

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