Ricotta Bake – Let the oven do the work

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Some recipes just sing out to us. This ricotta bake is one of those recipes.

It has absolutely everything that makes a perfect Hurry The Food Up recipe. Before I head into just how nutritious it is, I want to talk about my favourite thing – the speed. The PURE SPEEEEEED!

It’s such a quick recipe – so quick it surprises me every time. Literally just FIVE MINUTES of throwing everything together and into the oven it goes.

That’s it, no more to do. Sit back and put your feet up. Or do a workout. Or look after the kids. Or get some work done. Do whatever it is you have to do – but know that the food is taken care of.

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Ricotta Bake – open, open, splat

That pretty much sums up the instructions. Grab your ingredients, flop them into a baking dish and off they go. This is one of those recipes where the sum is so much better than its parts.

Baked ricotta, when mixed with the right herbs and accompaniments is not only tasty, it’s ridiculously nutritious.

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Baked ricotta – why we love you so

Knowing we’re eating something that’s tasty and easy is all well and good – but we’ve got to take care of our nutrition if we want the most from life. And a ricotta bake takes care of the nutrition.

Just check out a few of the ingredients.

Ricotta – mostly made from whey and a great source of protein.

Lentils – also high in protein, but particularly great in terms of fibre. And fibre rocks.

Spinach – I’m the first to admit I’m not a massive fan – until it’s done right. And by that I mean that I can’t really taste it! That’s when I love spinach.

Basil and tomatoes – one of my favourite combos. The sweet bite of a tomato mixed with a little ricotta and finished with a touch of basil is an excellent addition to any meal, in my humble opinion.

And finally did I say this only takes 5 MINUTES to prep?! How great is that? Just sit back and let the oven do the rest 😎

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Baked Ricotta

This lush ricotta bake takes JUST FIVE MINUTES to prepare – then it’s off into the oven while you get on with the more important things in life.

Course Mains
Cuisine Mediterranean
Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 649 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 spring onions
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lemon, juiced and zested
  • ¼ cup basil
  • ¼ cup dill
  • 1 tin cooked lentils (roughly 250g after draining)
  • 1 cup spinach (frozen also works)
  • 1 pack ricotta (250g / 9oz)
  • 12 cherry tomatoes (on the vine if possible)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F
  2. Chop or rip the basil and dill.

  3. Mix half the olive oil with the lemon zest and juice, add half the herbs, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Chop the spring onions and add with the lentils, spinach and 2 tbsp water.

  4. Layer it onto a roasting dish.
  5. Put the ricotta in the centre, on the top.

  6. Wash the tomatoes and put them around the ricotta.

  7. Drizzle the rest of the olive oil over the ricotta and add some more salt and pepper.
  8. Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes until ricotta is firm and lightly browned.
  9. Serve in bowls with the lentils on bottom and creamy ricotta on top. Lay the tomatoes to the side.
  10. Garnish with the rest of the herbs.

Recipe Notes

We took the inspiration for this recipe from BBC Good Food. A great recipe but a bit slow – we made ours twice as fast! Good food shouldn’t take ages.

Want more high-protein ricotta?! We have ricotta muffins right here and ricotta pancakes over here!

Nutrition Facts
Baked Ricotta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 649 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 69%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Potassium 1029mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 6g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 65.1%
Vitamin C 63.7%
Calcium 34.6%
Iron 37.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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