Need a quick and easy dinner that is not boring?  Here is a simple and flavorful pasta dish using easy ingredients:  roasted capsicum (red peppers), fresh creamy ricotta and whole wheat pasta.

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Okay, forgive us …. we are on a Donna Hay kick again.  Sorry, we just cannot quit, her recipes are simple, and so darn good!!!

Tonight we made an easy pasta dish with roasted peppers and ricotta cheese.  I love both of these items for a few reasons.  Roasted peppers go well with pasta, on pizza, sliced over a bed of salt cod, or even in eggs.  Ricotta you can add to pasta, onto a pizza or even eat as dessert with honey drizzled over the top!  We usually have both items in the house and I guess, it can be called a “staple”.  You will love this easy pasta dish … dinner in 25 minutes!

Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper and Ricotta Pasta

*serves 2
*adapted from Donna Hay

200g whole wheat pasta

150 g roasted capsicum, roughly chopped

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

2 small cloves garlic, minced

sea salt and cracked black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

100 g fresh ricotta

1/2 cup basil leaves (suppose to use mint but it went bad)

Cook the pasta in a saucepan of salted, boiling water for 10 – 12 minutes or until al dente.  Drain and return to the pan.  Place the capsicum, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil in a bowl and stir to combine.  Add the pasta with the ricotta and basil and toss to combine.  Garnish with pine nuts.  Serve.  Eat.

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