Ricotta Cheese and Spinach “Lumaconi”

This “Lumaconi” pasta dish is one of the nicest meal I’ve ever eaten. It is a traditional dish in Italy, but at the same time and even though it is a pasta dish it is very different from a  typical pasta recipe.

“Lumaconi” is a type of pasta with a peculiar shape. It is perfect to embrace a cheese and vegetable filling! These ingredients combined together in a vibrant chorus to please even the most finicky gourmand. Delicious both warm and cold.

Easy enough for a weeknight meal or for a lovely Sunday dinner.  Everyone loves cheesy Italian food, so let this become the favourite meal of your guests.. you will be repeatedly asked to cook it again and again!

What are you waiting for? Let’s try my:

Ricotta Cheese and Spinach “Lumaconi”

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 320g of Lumaconi pasta
  • 150g of Ricotta cheese
  • 250g of Spinach (you can also use the frozen one!)
  • 1 Egg
  • 50g of grated Parmesan
  • 500ml of White Sauce
  • Butter, as needed
  • Salt and nutmeg, as needed

Ingredients

Bring a pot full of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta for around 3-4 minutes less than the time suggested on the pack.

Cook the pasta

Drain the pasta and let it cool down.

Drain the pasta very “al dente” and let it cool down

 

In the meanwhile, defrost the spinach, squeeze them and mince them finely.

Mince the spinach

In a bowl, add the ricotta cheese, egg, grated Parmesan, and the minced spinach. Season with salt and nutmeg.

Stir together all the ingredients

Stir all together and obtain a lovely mixture like this one.

Make the mixture

Fill a pastry bag with the ricotta and spinach mixture. Pour the white sauce in a baking tin.

White sauce in the baking tin

Fill the Lumaconi with the mixture and place them in the tin.

Fill the Lumaconi with the mixture and place them in the tin

Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and butter curls.

Sprinkle with grated Parmesan

Cover with aluminium foil and bake at 200°C for 40 minutes.

Buon Appetito!

Serve hot… already done! Enjoy and.. Buon Appetito!

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