Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Easiest Assembly Only Recipe for the College Cook

This is a favorite. If you haven't bought your rice cooker yet, this is for you. It is a "throw together" recipe, made with just a few ingredients. It can be Mexican or Italian, depending.

Spinach and ricotta burritos two ways

1½ cups frozen spinach
½ cup ricotta
2 or 3 tortillas
Shredded cheddar to top
Salt and pepper to taste
Rotel OR Canned tomatoes

The ratio for the ingredients in this recipe is 3:1; that is to say three units of frozen spinach for every unit of ricotta. With this ratio you can easily scale up, or down, this recipe to cater to your needs. To make two super filled—and super filling—burritos or three not-quite-bursting-at-the-seams burritos defrost 1½ cups of frozen spinach in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Mix this with ½ cup of ricotta, sprinkle on a little salt and pepper to taste, and then split the mixture evenly between your tortillas. Top the burritos with some of your shredded cheddar and microwave for about one minute, or until the cheese is melted and the filling is hot all the way through.

For a Mexican twist, top with Rotel (salsa); to go Italian, just add a little tomato sauce.

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  1. If Ricotta is too budget busting (it can get expensive), try substituting with cottage cheese (avoiding the liquidy parts as much as you can).

  2. I think both are great. Strangely, ricotta is cheaper than cottage cheese here--at least if you buy the store brand.