Pasta with Tomato-Vegetable Sauce and Ricotta
Pasta smothered with tomato-vegetable sauce and a dollop of ricotta makes this vegetarian meal rich tasting yet low in fat.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 cup chopped zucchini
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 28 ounce can tomatoes in juice
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
- 1 pound farfalle or bow-tie pasta
- 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1. Heat oil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell peppers and zucchini and cook 4 to 5 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Stir in tomatoes with juice, tomato paste, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, oregano and basil; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 20 minutes until vegetables are very tender.
2. Start to cook pasta according to package directions.
3. Meanwhile, combine ricotta and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl; set aside. Puree tomato sauce in blender in batches until smooth. Transfer each batch to a large bowl then return to saucepan. Bring sauce to a boil.
4. Drain pasta and toss with half the sauce (2-1/2 cups) in a large serving bowl. Divide pasta among 4 serving plates. Top with remaining sauce and ricotta; sprinkle with parsley.
- Servings Per Recipe 4
- Fat, total(g)9,
- sat. fat(g)3,
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet