Linguine Marinara Con Ricotta

Time is not my friend most months as over and above work commitments I also have blogging commitments. This all has to fit in with going to gym, running a household, being a good wife and having a social life. Over and above that, house building is a priority most weekends. I try to schedule my blogging and my cooking to suit my lifestyle. That means that I cook for my blog on one day of the weekend. I will spend the entire day in my kitchen and then write up one blog post each morning. However, in the month we go overseas (which is this month) I try and write two blog posts a morning in order to have posts scheduled for when we are away. I have an hour before work each morning to sit down and do this. This month my Secret Recipe Club assignment arrived in my inbox 14 days before it had to be posted. Our posting time is 7am South African time, which happens also to be the time I arrive at my office. So basically, this post had to be done and dusted within 13 days. Now I know that it might sound like a lot of time but actually it is not!

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I am a little miffed as I wanted to give Jamie from Cooking With Moxie a bit more of my attention. Jamie lives in Boston and my heart already goes out to her knowing that tragedy was so close to her doorstep not too long ago. I love her saying “Tutti Mangia”! Everyone who reads my blog will know that I am a secret Italian – it is my favourite country to visit, and the one European language other than English that I love speaking. This month all I had time to do was click the random recipe button and aimed to choose the first recipe that came up that was an original recipe. It also could not be a sweet recipe as I have too many desserts to test already this month. I clicked and clicked, in between reading emails, responding to queries and doing paperwork. However, all of the recipes that came up were not original and so I turned to my second option and chose a pasta recipe. I picked the first pasta recipe on the list when using the term pasta in the search box and chose the Fettuccine Marinara with Two Ricotta’s. As I have not cooked much with ricotta it was a good excuse to use a relatively unused ingredient in my kitchen. I then had to make the recipe on the first Sunday night after my assignment was received, and hope to high hell that it worked. Of course as my luck would have it, Sunday arrived and I did not have time to make the pasta dish as I was hosting a Spanish themed meal for friends and I had to make my pain au chocolat for the I Made It challenge. So I fluttered my eyelids, broke the diet, and had Dave make the linguine marinara con ricotta for me last Monday night. I was in Cape Town at a function and he did all the preparation. I am so lucky to have that extra pair of hands in the kitchen! We loved the tomato flavour of the pasta sauce and as we only used half I added some bacon to it the next night and served it as a side dish with some pork chops. 

How do you manage your blogging time?

Linguine Marinara Con Ricotta
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Linguine Marinara Con Ricotta

Recipe Category: Italian
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 400 g linguine
  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 70 g tin tomato paste
  • 5 mls dried basil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 280 g ricotta at room temperature


  • In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat
  • Add the onions and garlic and sauté until translucent
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and dried basil
  • Season to taste and leave to cook, stirring occasionally, while you prepare the pasta
  • You might need to add some of the pasta water to loosen the sauce during the cooking process
  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook your pasta according to the packet directions
  • Just before the pasta is ready, mix the ricotta into the tomato sauce
  • Adjust the seasoning before draining the pasta
  • Add the pasta to the sauce and mix in well


my recipes are usually only for 2 people but this one serves 4

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71 thoughts on “Linguine Marinara Con Ricotta

  1. morning, i so know how you feel – trying to fit everything in 🙂 but you are doing so great. Lovely post and i want to try this .

  2. that looks yummy.
    time for blogging? Well it’s not easy and I try to cram it in when I arrive at work, or often when I get home from work. Wish I had more time though

  3. There is definitely not enough time in the world my friend but I could squeeze some out to make this delicious recipe 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. How delightful! Have never added ricotta to this and have to try: it would add both taste and body to the dish! My family has flown the coop and I don’t have my own blog for practical reasons – I even work from home [albeit long hours!], but with work, study, garden, organizational work, friends and just reading the delights my blogroll has produced leaves me behind the eight-ball almost every day!! Part of ‘modern’ life methinks 🙂 !

  5. Pasta looks great. I have struggled for three years to find a blogging schedule that works best. At the moment, it is rather hap-hazard

  6. Looks like a marvelous pasta recipe! I’ve been blogging for 3 years and still don’t have the right balance of blogging and family life :/

  7. Oh Tandy, I’m certainly struggling.. There just isn’t enough hours in the day for me!! I work full time, have a crazy toddler and try to fit a blog post atleast every 3-4 days and it’s so bloody hard!!
    That said, since starting blogging, it has brought so much happiness and meaning into my life I just can’t imagine giving up anytime soon.
    Keep up the great recipes 🙂 This looks great!

  8. Looks like a perfect summer pasta, sorry the time didn’t work out for you this month, it sure isn’t fun being stressed about cooking, takes most of the fun out of it!

  9. Tandy, I’m a secret Italian also, or maybe half French half Italian? Great tip on adding bacon and using it as a side the next night.

  10. It can be so hard to try to balance life and a blog! Life has to come first, but it gets tricky when you have deadlines like SRC! This pasta looks delicious and it sure was nice that you had some help preparing it 🙂

  11. Ah, this is my kind of comfort food – I could eat a dish like this everyday easily – simple Italian! As how I manage my blogging time, thank goodness I share my blog with my business partner so we can divide and conquer! I try to get posts done in advance as much as possible but life happens so I try to remember that simple posts are good too – like this delightful recipe 🙂

  12. Time?….Nope, still don’t have an answer for that. I often wonder myself.
    I like the term “secret Italian”, yes, I think I could be one of them too 🙂

  13. You can never go wrong with Ricotta 🙂 Looks yummy!

    I find now that my girls are older I’m not posting quite as often on my blog and that makes me a bit sad. I love blogging but get stuck on what to write about. But when it come to SRC I really try to get my dish made at least a week ahead of time because I don’t do well trying to hurry 🙂

  14. this looks wonderful–i have ricotta and i am making pasta on Saturday–so my recipe for Saturday all sorted–and today is only Tuesday.

    I have no idea how you manage to fit so much into your week–i wish i had the energy and the organisation skills to do half of what you do.

  15. Nice, quick and very tasty, I love tomato sauce and ricotta and linguine is one of my favourite pasta shape. Your blogging schedule is very good, it is not easy to fit everything in 24 hours. I decided to blog only once a week and take it easy. Ciao

  16. You’re so dedicated, Tandy! I’ve been offline a bit lately – life has just been so hectic. I manage my blogging time by trying to prioritise everything else, otherwise I sit in front of the computer all day and nothing gets done! 🙂 Lovely pasta – did you know that over here ‘marinara’ is ALWAYS seafood?

  17. Thanks for the kind words – what a great pick! I feel like I made that SO long ago but I forgot how good it was!

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