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Spinach-Ricotta Cavatelli with Tomato Sauce


You can substitute 1 3/4 pounds of store-bought fresh or frozen cavatelli or potato gnocchi for the homemade cavatelli.

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  1. 1 1/4 cups low-fat ricotta cheese (12 ounces)
  2. 1/4 cup thawed frozen spinach, squeezed dry and chopped
  3. 1 large egg yolk
  4. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  5. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 cup semolina
  7. 1 tablespoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper


  1. 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  2. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  3. 2 pounds plum tomatoes, cored and quartered
  4. 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  5. 1 cup finely chopped basil
  6. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  7. 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fresly grated Parmesan cheese
  8. 1/2 cup Le Bec-Fin Chicken Stock or canned low-sodium broth
  1. Put the ricotta, spinach, egg yolk and olive oil in a food processor and process to a paste. Add the flour, semolina, salt and white pepper and process until the mixture comes together to form a ball. Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead briefly. Wrap the dough in plastic and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Cover the sun-dried tomatoes with hot water and let soak until plumped, about 25 minutes. Drain well and coarsely chop, then transfer to a mini-processor and puree.
  3. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the fresh tomatoes and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the tomatoes release their juices, about 3 minutes. Add the basil and Chicken Stock, cover and simmer over low heat until the tomatoes are very soft, about 5 minutes. Strain the sauce, pressing on the tomatoes to extract as much sauce as possible. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and season with salt and black pepper.
  4. Cut the cavatelli dough into 10 equal pieces. On a lightly floured work surface, using both hands, roll out each piece of dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rope. With a fork, cut the rope into 1/2-inch pieces. Press the side of the fork lengthwise into the center of each piece. Set the cavatelli on a lightly floured baking sheet.
  5. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the cavatelli in batches, stirring, until they rise to the surface, about 4 minutes. Drain the cavatelli and divide them among 8 shallow bowls. Pour 1/2 cup of the hot tomato sauce over each portion and sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon of the Parmesan cheese.
Make Ahead The uncooked cavatelli can be frozen for up to 1 month. Notes One Serving Calories 312 kcal, Total Fat 6.8 gm, Saturated Fat 2.2 gm


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