Macherroni alla pastora
Preparation - Easy
A specialty of Calabria. Pastore is shepherd in Italian, having plenty of fresh ricotta on hand for a quick and simple meal. Maccheroni, in the shape of spaghetti but with a hole in the center as in a tube and thicker.
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 Pecorino cheese
1 lb maccheroni or spaghetti
Cook the pasta.
If you are using sausage, saut√© until good through and browned.
If you are using ground pork season well with salt and pepper.
Mix the ricotta, broken up with a fork with some salt and pepper till very smooth. Use a whisk if necessary.
Using a ladle, remove a couple tablespoons of pasta water and mix well into ricotta and sausage mixture.
When pasta is done, drain.
Transfer to a warm bowl.
Add the ricotta mixture, Pecorino and toss well.
Test for seasoning adding more salt and pepper if necessary.