Family friendly Orecchiette, tomato and ricotta pasta

  • serves 4
  • Easy

This beautiful dish uses crumbly Ricotta, sweet tomatoes and fresh basil

Family friendly Orecchiette, tomato & ricotta pasta

“Orecchiette known as little ears, is the pasta of Puglia. The tomatoes for this recipe should be almost over-ripe. Ricotta is tossed in at the end, clinging to the hollows of the pasta beautifully.” Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers

Family friendly Orecchiette, tomato & ricotta pasta

Taken from River Café Two Easy by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers (Ebury).



  • cherry tomatoes 350g
  • basil leaves 3 tbsp
  • garlic clove 1, finely chopped
  • extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp
  • ricotta 200g
  • orecchiette 320g
  • grated parmesan 50g


  • Step 1

    Cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the juice and seeds. Wash the basil and combine with the tomatoes and garlic. Season, then add the extra virgin olive oil and toss to combine. Let the mixture marinate for 15 minutes. Put the ricotta in a bowl, then season and stir.

  • Step 2

    Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente, then drain. Gently heat the tomato mixture and add the drained pasta, stirring gently to combine. Finally, stir in the ricotta. Serve with the Parmesan.