Sunday, January 15, 2012


1lb rotini pasta
1 1/4 lb Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
1 large lemon, zested and juiced
1 c crumbled ricotta salata cheese or feta cheese
1 t salt
1/2 t freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1 c of the pasta water. Place the hot pasta in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, ricotta salata or feta cheese, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Toss to combine, adding the remaining pasta water, if desired. Serve.

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