Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pasta with ricotta and capers

Another really quick pasta dish to throw together.

Reprinted from The Kitchn:

2/3 lb short pasta, whatever shape you like, i like cavatappi
1 large shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon capers (jarred in vinegar)
1  tablespoon  vinegar from caper jar
1  tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup chicken broth (or veggie broth for a true vegetarian dish)
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large spoonful ricotta cheese for each serving

Cook pasta in large pot of salted water. While pasta is cooking, soften shallot and garlic in olive oil in a large pan. Add a bit of salt and pepper. not too much salt since the capers and caper vinegar will add some as well.
Once aromatics are softened, add capers and caper vinegar, broth, and tomato paste. Reduce until you notice that the oil has turned red in the pan. There should be only a little left as it is only meant to glaze the pasta.

Add pasta into pan and coat with the glaze. Put into bowls and top with a scoop of ricotta, with a drizzle of olive oil and pinch of pepper on top of the scoop.

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