Spring sports are slowly starting to wind down. On those crazy nights bringing multiple kids to different fields at dinner hour it is impossible to be home cooking. And if you all arrive home hungry and realize nothing was ever put in the slow cooker, it can be a sad night indeed. So instead of a silent supper of toast, this meal can be on the table in the time it takes to boil the water.
Alternatively, this can be a Sunday supper, replete with homemade noodles and fresh bread. A perfect choice for a hot summer night, when the just the thought of putting the oven on increases your air conditioning bill tenfold.
We choose the homemade noodle route (to be shared soon!), which really doesn’t take all that much time with all hands on deck. However with all of the choices at the grocery store, it’s easy enough to enjoy fresh noodles with minimal effort. If you live near one of those homemade pasta shops I’ve heard of, rejoice and ignore the tangible jealousy emanating from me.
There’s something about ricotta cheese that gets my whole family excited. They are really just happy eating it with a spoon from the carton, but if I manage to squirrel some away it makes a delightfully creamy addition to the pasta. The heat of the cooked pasta will warm up the tomatoes a bit, but the ricotta and pesto will still be mostly chilled if you dollop on top as we did. We were happy with the contrasting cool and rich pillows of ricotta against the silky smooth noodles with a sharp bite from the garlicky pesto. But I think you could stir the ricotta and pesto in to create a more uniform room temperature dish.
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