White Bean, Tomato and Ricotta Bake

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by Jennifer Shea Rawn MS, MPH, RD

Comforting. Hearty. Warming. Just four ingredients makes up this simple White Bean, Tomato and Ricotta Bake. It’s perfect when you want something a bit lighter and more protein-rich than your traditional lasagna or pasta dish. And it’s a dish we’ve been making over and over this winter, because it’s been a cold one – and this dish warms you from the inside out and also warms the house (via the oven!).

This dish was inspired by a simple white bean, garlic and tomato starter that we had a few years back at the Gaslight Restaurant in Portsmouth. The appetizer was so basic, but amazingly good. It was so good that we wanted to forgo our main course for a few more orders of those “special” white beans. Since then, we’ve made quite a few variations of this quick dish by adding baby kale, fennel, baking it, sautéing it, adding cheese, etc. We love this version because of the creaminess from the ricotta ( love ricotta) that’s added towards the end of baking time. Serve with a crisp green salad and a crusty baguette.

White Bean, Tomato and Ricotta Bake

Serves: 4

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 1 15.5 oz can cannellini (white) beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 oz part-skim ricotta (about 3 dollops)
  • ¼ cup shaved Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Combine tomatoes and beans in a small baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and add dollops of ricotta. Sprinkle with shaved Parmesan. Bake for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and top with freshly ground pepper, if desired. Serve.

 

jenny rawnJenny Shea Rawn MS, MPH, RD is a leading health and nutrition
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