Pasta with Sauce and Ricotta

July 15, 2016
Pasta with Sauce and Ricotta |
Serves 4-6 servings
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A toddler approved meal!  Pasta with any tomato sauce, ricotta, and hidden veggies.  This is the only way I can get my toddler to eat more veggies.  The wonderful thing about this recipe is it’s easy, I can alter it based on what veggies I want to add or have on hand, and I can add ricotta or cottage cheese (also based on what I remembered to buy at the store).  Ricotta and cottage cheese are packed with protein and is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, and selenium. It also helps your eyes with it’s Vitamin A and maintains teeth, skin, bones, and mucous membranes…those are the things you think about when you have a picky kid and you want them to eat healthy.

….I also forgot to mention that it’s delicious too!

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Pasta with Sauce and Ricotta
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Italian
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Italian
Recipe Notes

This recipe has a perfect base for an easy dinner and perfect weeknight leftovers.  Ricotta can be swapped for cottage cheese.  The cheese can even be opted out if you are not a fan.  Any sauteed veggies can be added like mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc.  Add a protein of choice to make it more filling. I like adding cooked Italian turkey sausage for an healthy, flavorful mix.

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  • 1 Pound
    Dried Pasta (any kind)
  • 1
    Pasta Sauce Jar (any kind)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 6 Ounces
  • 1/2 Cup
    Mozzarella Cheese, shredded (optional)
  • 1 Cup
    Mushrooms or cooked, diced sausage (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring a large pot of water to boil to cook pasta until al dente following directions on box. Once cooked, drain pasta and set aside.

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  2. Add tomato sauce gradually and to preference (you may not need to use the whole jar). Also mix in shredded cheese and ricotta.

    Note: Any store boat tomato sauce works or you can make your own!

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  3. Transfer pasta to a 9 x 13 oven dish. Sprinkle lightly with more shredded cheese, if desired.

    Optional: add any sauteed mushrooms or cooked, diced sausage

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  4. Top with more cheese.

    Bake for 15 mins or until cheese is melted and top is golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

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