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

on 14/01/2014

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!

Yum Yum Yummmm!

Yum Yum Yummmm!

MMM,…Want the tasty recipe?

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˜‰

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63 responses to “Vegetarian speedy spinach & ricotta pasta! :) With a vegan option!

  1. I love these kind of pastas any given day and time๐Ÿ™‚.
    I am not a big fan of tomato pasta sauce. Will give ricotta a try for penne..
    Have recently started a liking for ricotta:)

  2. lou says:

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

  3. Make Something Mondays says:

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

  4. aryana0821 says:

    That looks so good๐Ÿ™‚

  5. katrina berg says:

    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

  6. Looks wonderfully delicious!

  7. Laura says:

    Mmmm… Perfect!

  8. Koko says:

    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!

    • Sophie33 says:

      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

  9. lucylox says:

    Looks totally divine๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Katarina says:

    It looks so good, I love ricotta!

  11. Quick, healthy and delicious! I love it!

  12. Karen says:

    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.

  13. Oh I love pasta like this and ricotta, which I haven’t had for an age. This looks just the reason to buy some. Thank you!

  14. 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!

  15. Fig & Quince says:

    Gimme pasta any day! Looks so luscious … yum!

  16. afracooking says:

    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.

  17. Great recipe Sophie- Yum, and the pine nuts, just perfect๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Oh, looks sooooo good!๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. This sounds and looks incredible!

  20. Charlotte says:

    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

  21. Ali says:

    That looks so tasty, Sophie! Yum!

  22. Georgina says:

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

  23. Sunny says:

    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

  24. gotastรฉ says:

    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

  25. ritavegas says:

    Spinach and cheese… What a great combo!! It looks really tasty! In fact,I’ll make it today!!๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Oh Sophie– this does look so delicious– we love spinach around here. thanks.

  27. lefoodsnob says:

    Yummy – this looks like something I should make using the spinach I have in my fridge!

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