Pasta with Tomato-Vegetable Sauce and Ricotta

Pasta smothered with tomato-vegetable sauce and a dollop of ricotta makes this vegetarian meal rich tasting yet low in fat.

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 28 ounce can tomatoes in juice
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1 pound farfalle or bow-tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Heat oil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, bell peppers and zucchini and cook 4 to 5 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Stir in tomatoes with juice, tomato paste, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, oregano and basil; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 20 minutes until vegetables are very tender.
Start to cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, combine ricotta and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl; set aside. Puree tomato sauce in blender in batches until smooth. Transfer each batch to a large bowl then return to saucepan. Bring sauce to a boil.
Drain pasta and toss with half the sauce (2-1/2 cups) in a large serving bowl. Divide pasta among 4 serving plates. Top with remaining sauce and ricotta; sprinkle with parsley.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 590, Fat, total (g) 9, chol. (mg) 10, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 108, pro. (g) 22, sodium (mg) 1494, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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