Pasta with Tomatoes, Ricotta and a Poached Egg

July 1, 2019


Spaghetti twirled in olive oil and colorful tomatoes, laying on a lemon zest infused ricotta and topped with a poached egg.  



It's the same concept as cacio e pepe, using olive oil and pasta water as your binder to make a creamy sauce.  But this pasta recipe uses tomatoes simmer in the olive oil for all of it's flavor.  How gorgeous are those tomatoes?  I love grabbing the pints of colorful grape tomatoes, especially the one that is the reddish, greenish, marroonish shade.  It's the prettiest and moodiest of the bunch, in my opinion.  



I love ricotta on my pizza, usually it's if I have a white pizza with thin tomato slices on it then i'll dollop on some ricotta after it's out of the oven.  When you lay the steaming hot pasta on the ricotta in your bowl, it warms it up and gets all dreamy and silky smooth.  Delicious.



For a perfect poached egg all you need to do is crack an egg into a separate little bowl, get some water to a rolling boil and with a kitchen utensil create a water vortex by stirring the water, drop the egg in and that's it.  Plus you can use the already hot pasta water once you've transferred your pasta over to the olive oil and tomatoes!  



This couldn't be any easier to throw together.  



If you love easy pasta dishes check out a few of my other favorites!

Lemon Basil Chicken Pasta

Cajun Pasta

Broccoli Chicken Cheese Pasta

Shrimp Scampi

Baked Macaroni and Cheese


8 oz spaghetti

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp butter

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1/4 tsp red chili flakes

2 pints medley cherry tomatoes

1/3 c fresh parmigiano reggiano, grated

ricotta cheese, 7 oz

1/2 tsp lemon zest

salt and pepper

eggs, poached



  1. Combine the ricotta, lemon zest and a pinch of salt and pepper in a food processor

  2. In a large pan, over low heat, add the olive oil, garlic and chili flakes, cook for 3 minutes

  3. Add the butter to the pan

  4. Add the tomatoes to the pan and a few pinches of salt and pepper, cover and stir every few minutes

  5. Cook the pasta per package instructions and transfer it directly to the pan plus add 3 large pinches of salt to the water while it cooks

  6. Scoop out 1 cup of pasta water (don't drain the water, you'll need it to poach your eggs)

  7. Pour 1/2 cup of the pasta water to the pan (hold on the other half, if it gets too thick add more pasta water to thin it out)

  8. Add half of the parmigiano and toss everything around with tongs

  9. Get the pasta water back up to a rolling boil and poach a few eggs, as many as you want, one per bowl is generally enough

  10. In a bowl, spread a bit of the ricotta, top with pasta and the poached egg, sprinkle a bit more cheese and some fresh cracked pepper



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Thanks for stopping by.  I'm Tara.  Food fan, avid crafter and pizza lover extraordinaire.  I'm a wife and a mom of two kids.  

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