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Penne with Tomato Ricotta




PENNE with TOMATO RICOTTA 
Olive Garden Recipe

Serves 4

4 medium fresh ripe tomatoes
8 basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon marjoram, chopped
12 oz penne rigate pasta, cooked according to package directions
1/4 cup Romano cheese, grated
1 large garlic clove, peeled and chopped
salt to taste
fresh ground black pepper to taste
fresh parsley, chopped

Cut a shallow “X” on the bottom of each tomato. Place tomatoes into boiling water and blanch for 15 seconds. Immediately cool in ice water. Remove core, skin and seeds from tomatoes and dice. Place in a bowl and add 1/4 cup of olive oil, chopped basil and chopped garlic. Blend ricotta cheese with chopped marjoram; season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss tomato mixture in a hot skillet. When mixture is hot, stir in Ricotta cheese blend.  Add hot, drained pasta to tomato/cheese mixture. Stir to thoroughly blend. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with Romano cheese and chopped parsley.

Source:  Olive Garden

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