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Spinach and Ricotta Lumaconi with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

If you want to liven up your Sunday meal, how about whipping up a mouthwatering pasta dish: spinach and ricotta lumaconi with roasted red pepper sauce.

You will need:

For the sauce: Makes 2¾ cup

Lamb Brand Walnuts 55g, chopped

Lamb Brand Salt ¼ tsp

Fiamma Crushed Tomatoes 600g

Red Peppers 4

White Vinegar ½ tsp

Garlic Bulb, ¼ of top cut off

For the pasta and filling:

Lamb Brand Salt & Pepper, to taste

Fiorillo Lumaconi pasta 500g

Ricotta 500g

Parmesan Cheese 70g + 35g, freshly grated & divided

Fresh Spinach 2kg

Ground Red Pepper ¼ tsp

All you have to do is:

For the sauce:

1. Preheat the oven to 190° and line 1 or 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

2. Wrap the garlic bulb in aluminum foil then set it on the baking tray along with the peppers in a single layer.

3. Roast for 40 minutes then remove the tomatoes and set them aside in a bowl. Continue to roast the red peppers and garlic for another 20 minutes.

4. Remove the baking try from the oven and immediately transfer the red peppers to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

5. Let rest for 20 minutes to “sweat”.

6. Once the peppers are cool to touch remove the skin, stem and seeds and discard.

7. Transfer the peppers to a blender along with their juices.

8. Squeeze out the soften garlic and discard its shell (I used about ¾ of the garlic bulb), adjust to taste.

9. Add tomato polpa, white vinegar and walnuts. Blend until smooth.

For the pasta and filling:

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add 3 pinches of salt followed by one half of the freshly cleaned spinach. Cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Remove the first batch with a slotted spoon and transfer to a colander. Shock with cold water, let cool, then squeeze out the excess liquid.

2. Repeat for the second batch, reserving the spinach water. Add 2 more pinches of salt to the spinach water and more water if necessary. Add the Lumaconi pasta and cook until al dente.

3. While the pasta is cooking, transfer the cooled spinach to a large bowl and add the ricotta, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, red pepper, salt and pepper.

4. Drain the pasta and return to the pot along with a drizzle of olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking together.

5. Cover the bottom of an extra large casserole dish with a thin layer of roasted red pepper sauce.

6. Fill each pasta shell with a spoonful of ricotta and spinach filling then place in the casserole dish. Repeat.

7. Once the pan is full with the filled pasta, cover with the remaining sauce and 1 cup of Parmesan cheese.

8. Bake at 180° until the pasta is warm, about 10-20 minutes. Serve with extra grated Parmesan cheese if desired.