Delicious and Simple Ricotta and Tomato Pasta Sauce

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

I just love this recipe! Mum used to make this for us when we were kids. It's apparently a traditional Roman dish, great for vegetarians and very easy and quick to whip up, an awesome dish with a real 'rustic' feel to it! The kids will love it! It is to be served on top of steaming, hot pasta...wholemeal pasta works quite well with this recipe too! Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Firstly, put on a large pot of salted water and bring to the boil, add pasta to water and cook until'al dente' approximately 8- 10 minutes.
  2. While pasta is on the go, finely dice your onion and crush your garlic.
  3. In a saucepan, put in the olive oil, when the oil is warm, add your garlic and onion and gently saute these until they are transparent.
  4. Add the ricotta to the pan, and stir through the onions and garlic well.
  5. At this stage, add your salt and pepper, parmesan, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste.
  6. Mix well and let simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  7. Drain pasta.
  8. Turn the ricotta sauce off from the heat, add your fresh basil leaves, roughly torn, into the sauce.
  9. Dish up some pasta into a bowl, put some of the ricotta sauce on top of the pasta, and finish off with some extra shavings of parmesan if desired.
Most Helpful

Absolutely delicious. Obviously Katyw has no palate!

Michele T. August 06, 2015

Yuck. This is for kid's with ruined taste buds. The deal breaker is the 2 cups of ricotta. We threw it in the compost immediately. Wasteful and expensive. If you like pablum tho, this maybe for you!

catyw! August 18, 2013

We all loved this recipe! I stirred all the pasta into the sauce, chopped it up some, and added 8 oz cream cheese to it. Awesome!

2Bleu September 19, 2007