Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pasta with Ricotta

I really love V8 juice; I buy it by the case. I like the way it tastes, but I love that each can is equal to two servings of vegetables. I drink V8, but I also use it for cooking.
This is the simplest pasta dish, and one of my favorites. The sauce takes about two minutes to make, and uses a can of V8 for the tomato contribution. You do not have to use V8, you could use marinara, or freshly pureed tomatoes, or any other tomato-y product. I just happen to think that the V8 works really well here.

1 lb. pasta
1/2 stick butter
1 can V8
about 8-10 ounces of ricotta cheese
salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you like (uncooked)
some grated parmesan to top the pasta

Cook the pasta until it is al dente, drain. To the hot pot, add the butter, ricotta, hot pasta and V8. Mix well. Add seasonings to taste. Serve immediately, topped with parmesan.

This is how I first came up with this recipe... I have a friend that hates to cook. It's really a good thing as she is an awful cook and her food is usually inedible. She now lives in Tennessee, but while she was living here, our families were together all the time. We spent just about every weekend together, and all holidays. I would do all the cooking, and her husband would do any grilling.

One day she asked me to pick her son up from school as she was stuck at work. I decided to make dinner while we were waiting for her to get home. The only things I could scrounge up were a box of pasta, various bits of cheeses, some cottage cheese, and a bottle of tomato juice used for Bloody Marys. I also had a few simple spices that I kept there since I was the one that cooked. I cooked the pasta until is was almost al dente. In the hot pot, I melted a knob of butter, added the cottage cheese, the hot pasta, and some tomato juice. I also added some salt and pepper, a little garlic, and I think some Italian seasoning. I mixed everything well, added all the bits of cheeses-finely diced, and poured the pasta into a casserole dish. I baked it at 350F just until the cheeses were all melted and bubbly. My friend and her family loved it. Now, every once in awhile when we're talking or e-mailing, she'll mention how much they all miss my cooking, especially that "amazing pasta dish".


  1. I am going to presume it is Robin you are talking about. :)

  2. Can I make a confession? I do not like V8 at all! In fact, I do not like tomato juice, ketchup, tomato sauce or anything like that :) I do like fresh tomatoes though. Weird, isn't it? I will eat pasta with a red sauce but it has to be very light.

  3. Sandy- Yes! It is Robin.

    Kristy- I am the opposite. I like tomato products, but not big pieces of fresh tomato all that much.