Capellini with Fresh Ricotta,
Roasted Garlic, Corn & Herbs
Fresh ricotta cheese (available at some supermarkets and at Italian markets) and good-quality olive oil are the keys to this great salty-sweet dish. Photo to the left by Mitchell Feinberg.
1 large head of garlic, top ½ inch cut off
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 ears of fresh corn with husks
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
8 ounces capellini
2 cups (loosely packed) mixed greens
2 cups torn radicchio leaves
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese (7 to 8 ounces)
½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus shaved Parmesan for garnish
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
¼ cup chopped fresh chives
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place head of garlic on sheet of foil. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil; wrap foil around garlic and crimp to seal tightly. Place garlic and corn on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until corn is tender and garlic is soft, about 25 minutes for corn and 40 minutes for garlic. Cool slightly.
2. Squeeze garlic out of skins into large bowl; add any oil from foil. Add lemon juice, lemon peel, and 3 tablespoons oil; mash garlic, then whisk mixture. Shuck corn; cut kernels from cob and transfer to same bowl.
3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well. Place in medium bowl; toss with 1 tablespoon oil. Using kitchen shears, cut pasta crosswise several times.
4. Add pasta, greens, radicchio, ricotta, grated Parmesan, and herbs to bowl with garlic mixture; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with shaved Parmesan.