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Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Ricotta Salata and Basil

A real home comfort from Theo Randall's Pasta recipe book. The rich tomatoes in this vegetarian dish are enhanced with the addition of creamy ricotta cheese.

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Theo Randall


The quantity of tomatoes is quite considerable here, but when cooked slowly they reduce to give a rich, intense flavour that is perfect with the salty ricotta salata cheese.

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3 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely sliced
2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes
8 basil leaves
400g rigatoni
100g ricotta salata cheese
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Good olive oil, to serve


Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the garlic and cook gently for 2 minutes, until softened. Add the tomatoes and cook over a medium heat for 30 minutes, until reduced and thickened. Rip up the basil and stir it in. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook the rigatoni in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente, then drain. Add to the tomato sauce, toss well and cook over a low heat for 2 minutes. Finish with some good olive oil and generous gratings of ricotta salata.


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