Oven-Baked Pesto Pasta with Spinach, Tomatoes & Calabrian Ricotta
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Oven-Baked Pesto Pasta

with Spinach, Tomatoes & Calabrian Ricotta

40 MIN
4 Servings
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Our Ready to Cook recipes are the latest addition to our Fast & Easy menu. Featuring pre-chopped ingredients and a recyclable baking tin, these recipes make prep and cleaning a breeze. Just assemble, bake, and enjoy! Here, ruffle-edged mafalda pasta, spinach, and tomatoes are mixed with our herbaceous basil pesto before being baked in the oven until tender. You'll top the bake with creamy ricotta cheese mixed with Calabrian chile paste for bright, contrasting heat.
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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    710 Cals (est.)
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Oven-Baked Pesto Pasta with Spinach, Tomatoes & Calabrian Ricotta
Title
  • ¾ lb Mafalda Pasta
  • ½ lb Grape Tomatoes
  • 6 oz Baby Spinach
  • 4 Tbsps Dried Currants
  • ¼ cup Crème Fraîche
  • ⅔ cup Basil Pesto
  • 1 cup Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Calabrian Chile Paste
  • ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 oz Sliced Roasted Red Peppers
  • 2 Tbsps Capers
  • 2 Single-Use Aluminum Trays
Prepare the ingredients & make the base
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the base

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Between the two trays, evenly divide the spinach, pasta, pesto, tomatoes, capers, peppers, and currants. Stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup of water to each tray. Season with salt and pepper; stir to thoroughly combine.

Bake the trays
2 Bake the trays

Tightly cover the trays with foil and bake 30 to 32 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Remove from the oven; carefully remove the foil. Evenly divide the crème fraîche between the two trays; stir until combined.

Make the Calabrian ricotta & serve your dish
3 Make the Calabrian ricotta & serve your dish

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the ricotta and as much of the chile paste as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Serve the baked trays topped with the Calabrian ricotta and parmesan. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients & make the base
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the base

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Between the two trays, evenly divide the spinach, pasta, pesto, tomatoes, capers, peppers, and currants. Stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup of water to each tray. Season with salt and pepper; stir to thoroughly combine.

2 Bake the trays

Tightly cover the trays with foil and bake 30 to 32 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Remove from the oven; carefully remove the foil. Evenly divide the crème fraîche between the two trays; stir until combined.

Bake the trays
Make the Calabrian ricotta & serve your dish
3 Make the Calabrian ricotta & serve your dish

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the ricotta and as much of the chile paste as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Serve the baked trays topped with the Calabrian ricotta and parmesan. Enjoy!

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