Rigatoni with roasted tomatoes & ricotta salata

Serves 4

  • 1.5 kg vine tomatoes

  • 4 cloves of garlic, unpeeled

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 5 thyme sprigs

  • A splash of red wine vinegar

  • 400 g dried rigatoni

  • 80 g ricotta salata

  • A small bunch of basil, leaves picked (optional)

Recipe by Anna Jones



1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Put the tomatoes on a large baking tray, and season. Scatter over the garlic cloves, thyme sprigs and bay leaves then transfer to the oven and roast for 25 minutes, until the tomato skins are burnished and split.



2. Let the tomatoes cool for a minute or two, then pull them off the vines and place in a frying pan with the red wine vinegar and a pinch more salt and pepper. Squash with a spoon and simmer for 15 minutes, until you have a thick, strawberry-red sauce with an almost creamy consistency.



3. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the rigatoni according to the packet instructions. Drain, reserving a cupful of cooking water, and add to the sauce with a little of the water to loosen. Drizzle over a good glug of olive oil and serve with grated ricotta and a scattering of basil leaves, if you like.

Nutritional Information

Rigatoni with roasted tomatoes & ricotta salata

In a rich tomato sauce

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This tomato sauce is cooked twice – once in the oven and once on the hob – for the best rich sauce that clings to the rigatoni
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Recipe by Anna Jones

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Put the tomatoes on a large baking tray, and season. Scatter over the garlic cloves, thyme sprigs and bay leaves then transfer to the oven and roast for 25 minutes, until the tomato skins are burnished and split.

2. Let the tomatoes cool for a minute or two, then pull them off the vines and place in a frying pan with the red wine vinegar and a pinch more salt and pepper. Squash with a spoon and simmer for 15 minutes, until you have a thick, strawberry-red sauce with an almost creamy consistency.

3. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the rigatoni according to the packet instructions. Drain, reserving a cupful of cooking water, and add to the sauce with a little of the water to loosen. Drizzle over a good glug of olive oil and serve with grated ricotta and a scattering of basil leaves, if you like.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

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Carbs

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Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 517
    26%
  • Carbs 86.5g
    33%
  • Sugar 15.6g 17%
  • Fat 10.1g 14%
  • Saturates 3g 15%
  • Protein 17.4g 39%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 1.5 kg vine tomatoes

  • 4 cloves of garlic, unpeeled

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 5 thyme sprigs

  • A splash of red wine vinegar

  • 400 g dried rigatoni

  • 80 g ricotta salata

  • A small bunch of basil, leaves picked (optional)