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Vegetarian speedy spinach & ricotta pasta! :) With a vegan option!

This evening, I made this easy speedy tasty ricotta & spinach pasta! I had some leftover ricotta, that I needed to use up so I made this tasty pasta dish! Check it out!

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Yum Yum Yummmm!

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Recipe: For 4 big portions


300 gr light spelt penne

300 gr cleaned, washed, spun dry young spinach leaves

4 tablespoons dark dried raisins, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes, well-drained afterwards

Maldon sea salt

black pepper

188 gr of low-fat ricotta ( This is 3/4 of a pot of 250 gr )/ You can make this vegan by using vegan almond or another vegan ricotta! ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts/ How to toast your nuts? Place your nuts in a non-stick pan & heat up on low-heat. Watch your nuts often, to prevent burning, shake them up & down into the hot pan & turn them over. After a few minutes, your nuts will get darker brown in colour & your kitchen will smell amazing too! Turn heat off. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is that easy!!!!

1 red onion, peeled & finely cut up

2 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely cut up

a fruity evoo = extra virgin olive oil


1. Cook your spelt penne according to your packet instructions. It took me 8 minutes, drain well & keep warm. Set aside. At the same time, in a larger cooking pot, drizzle some fruity evoo & heat up. Add cut up garlic & red onion pieces. Fry until nearly al dente. Season with finely milled black pepper & some sea salt , but not too much because the ricotta that you will add, will have some salt in it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now, add your spinach leaves & let it wilt into the hotness of the pot. Add hot penne & puffed raisins. Mix well with a larger spoon. Now, off the fire, add 2 big dollops of your ricotta & mix through the pasta mix. Add some more, if you need to. I added in total 3/4 of the pot! Season extra, if needed. I added extra 12 grins of black pepper. You must taste the cheese, spinach, raisins,ย garlic & red onion too!

2. Divide between your 4 pasta plates & scatter the toasted pine nuts over the middle of each dish, equally divided! Enjoy instantly with loved ones! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย Stay tuned,ย Subscribe by email throughย the link belowย to getย my new cool newsletters aka posts!ย Join 1,800 email Subscribers! It is free!ย 


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Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

63 thoughts on “Vegetarian speedy spinach & ricotta pasta! :) With a vegan option!

  1. I love these kind of pastas any given day and time :).
    I am not a big fan of tomato pasta sauce. Will give ricotta a try for penne..
    Have recently started a liking for ricotta:)

    1. Yes, you do that, Sonal , but add the ricotta to your penne mix when it os off the fire otherwise the ricotta can split!

  2. Hoi Sophie;
    This pasta looks easy to prepare and will be very tasty, too. Well done!

  3. Probably shouldn’t have looked at this an hour before I am going to eat dinner. That looks so good!

  4. This looks amazing Sohpie! Our kids are becoming more interested in white sauces on their pasta (not just red) – hooray! I have not tried ricotta…going to see if my husband will make it this week. Can’t wait! xo

  5. This looks delicious! Ricotta is so tasty with pasta. Have you tried a vegan ricotta? I don’t think I have. This is so fresh and quick to prepare! I might add a bit of yummy lemon zest! I feel like eating this tonight, but the people we are staying with are dairy-free and we don’t have any almond cheese on hand….soon though, I will make this!

    1. Yes, I did try a vegan ricotta but I happen to have a real ricotta in my fridge that I had to use up so,…:)

      Added yummy organic unwaxed lmeon zest in here sounds ideal, Koko!

      Have fun where you are staying! xxx

  6. Sophie, your pasta sounds so good. I make sautรฉed spinach with raisins and pine nuts and love the combination so I can imagine how delicious your dish is.

      1. I’m not original either, the first time I had it was at a Spanish restaurant in Miami. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi Sophie, This dish looks absolutely marvelous. I appreciate the taste of ricotta very much, a perfect creamy taste to the pasta, spinach makes it so healthy and the pine-nuts gives that umph! Yummy!

  8. I really need to look into ricotta options more. The standard stuff just has too much fat for my liking, And even when I make it myself I still feel it is a too decandent for a weeknight – so your suggestion of vegan options is really interesting.

  9. Yum, this looks really nice (and easy), I would never have thought of adding raisins in pasta, I’d like to try this! A little tip to soak up raisins quickly: put them in water, and them you can microwave the raisins in water for 2 minutes, they will soak the water faster

  10. This looks lovely Sophie. Spinach and ricotta is such a wonderful combination. This is definitely one to try!

  11. I love the sound and look of this, sounds like a perfect dish to make on a cold Saturday night… running out to get ingredients now – thanks for the inspiration, Sophie and for including a vegan option!! xoxo

  12. Sophie, this is such a great dish! one thing that surprise me in this city is that there are a lot more variety of ricotta here then back home. I am so going to try out this delicious recipe soon. Thank you for sharing. Warmly, Danny

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