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Maccheroni alla Pastora

Serves 4


  • 1 cup fresh good-quality ricotta cheese
  • 4 oz. pork sausage or ground pork, crumbled (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Rienzi Pecorino cheese
  • 1 lb. macaroni or spaghetti (Rienzi pasta)


1. If you are using sausage, saute until good through and browned.
2. If you are using ground pork, season well with salt and pepper.
3. Mix the ricotta, broken up with a fork with some salt and pepper until very smooth. Use a whisk of necessary. Cook the pasta.
4. Drain when ready.
5. Using a ladle, remove a couple tablespoons of pasta water and mix well into ricotta and sausage mixture.
6. Add the ricotta mixture, Pecorino and toss well.
7. Test for seasoning adding more salt and pepper if necessary.
8. Serve hot.