At first, I had no idea what I'd make for Ricotta Week. There are the obvious choices: lasagna, manicotti... But you guys should know by now that we Kitchen Psychos don't do the typical thing around here. We like to go with the underdog. Do something creative. (Just wait til you see my dessert!) But for today, I picked a less-than-typical ricotta dish. Less than typical, because, typically, you don't put Ricotta cheese in a Tomato Bisque. But I did, and it's delicious! Eat it with a grilled cheese sandwich.
SPICY TOMATO BISQUE
2 cans tomato sauce
1 small clove garlic, diced
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (or 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic seasoning blend
1/4 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 ounces cream cheese at room temperature, diced
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, for garnish
In a saucepan over medium heat, stir sauce, garlic, red pepper, black pepper, seasoning blend, sugar, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook 10 minutes. Stir in cream cheese and ricotta until well blended, then stir in milk. Heat again until simmering. Serve with toasted bread or, better, a grilled cheese sandwich!
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg