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Three-Cheese Ziti with Ricotta, Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

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This delicious, cheesy pasta dish is great for feeding families in the late spring and early summer when asparagus and tomato seasons overlap.

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ziti or penne pasta
  • 3/4 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

Details

Servings 6
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 20mins
Adapted from cooking.com

Preparation

Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until almost tender, about 7 minutes. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta and asparagus are tender, about 3 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ricotta and the reserved cooking liquid until creamy. Add the pasta mixture, mozzarella, Parmesan and basil and toss until well mixed. Serve at once

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