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Warm Pasta Salad With Fresh Tomato and Ricotta

You cannot go wrong impressing your guests, with this warm salad.

Ingredients

  • 500 g cherry tomatoes cut in half

  • 80 ml extra virgin olive oil

  • 60 ml red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 slices thick wholemeal bread or sourdough bread

  • 1 garlic clove cut in half

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil extra

  • 500 g rigatoni

  • 60 g freshly shredded basil leaves

  • 250 g fresh ricotta

Method

  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6).

  • 2.

    Place the tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar and sugar in a large bowl and stir to combine.

  • 3.

    Season with salt and pepper.

  • 4.

    Cover and leave to marinate while you prepare the rest of the dish.

  • 5.

    Rub the bread on both sides with the cut side of the garlic.

  • 6.

    Brush with the extra olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

  • 7.

    Put the bread on a baking tray and place in the oven.

  • 8.

    Cook for 20 minutes, or until crisp.

  • 9.

    Remove from the oven and crumble into coarse breadcrumbs with your hands.

  • 10.

    Set aside.

  • 11.

    Cook the pasta in a large pot of rapidly boiling salted water until al dente.

  • 12.

    Drain well, then add to the tomatoes.

  • 13.

    Add the basil and toss to combine.

  • 14.

    Divide the pasta between four serving plates, or put it on one large serving dish, crumble over the ricotta cheese and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs.

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Posted by Jude12Report
This has arrived just in time for me as this is exactly what i have been asked to bring for Christmas lunch