Ravioli with Spinach and Bacon

At some point in the last month and a half, I made this recipe for dinner.  Probably because the heading is ’20-minute meal’, and the ingredients are easy to come by.

This recipe is from Real Simple, May 2009.

No substitutions were made.

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Ravioli with Spinach and Bacon

1 lb ravioli (fresh or frozen) – I used frozen cheese ravioli
6 slices bacon
2 tblsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 bunches fresh spinach, thick stems removed (about 8 cups)
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 tblsp fresh lemon juice

Cook the ravioli according to the package directions.  Drain and divide among bowls.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a skillet over med-high heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.  Crumble.

Wipe out the skillet and heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add the spinach, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Cook, tossing, until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.

Stir the bacon and lemon juice into the spinach.  Spoon the mixture over the ravioli.

cartoon-strawberry-9Easy, yummy and only 20 minutes!  I tossed in some pine nuts to add a little crunch.  Put this recipe in your dinner rotation.

Cheese Ravioli w. Toasted Walnuts

I was looking through my recipe files looking for a vegetarian friendly recipe.  BUT since I was feeding it to husband, I had to include some hard core protein.

This recipe is from Real Simple, November 2007.

Substitutions made, noted below.

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Cheese Ravioli w. Toasted Walnuts

14 to 16 oz pacakage cheese ravioli (fresh or frozen)
1/3 c olive oil – I used 1/4 c
1/4 c walnuts, roughly chopped – I used pecans
1 clove garlic, sliced – I used minced garlic
2 tsp lemon juice
Kosher salt & pepper
1/2 c fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped – I used approx 1 tblsp dried
1/4 c grated Parmesan

Cook the ravioli according to the package directions.  Drain, reserving 3 tblsp of the cooking water.

Heat the oil in a med skillet over med heat.  Add the walnuts (pecans for me) and garlic.  Cook, stirring until the nuts are lightly toasted and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the lemon juice, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, parsley and reserved cooking water.

Add the ravioli and toss to coat.  Divide among individual plates and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

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cartoon-strawberry-9I wasn’t sure how I would like ravioli drenched in oil, which is why I cut back on the amount of oil in the first place.  The lemon gave the sauce a good zing and the pecan/garlic combo added a bit of heartiness to the dish.  In the future, I’d cut back on the oil by half and add in some shredded chicken for an “all in one” meal.

Cheese Tortellini with spinach, peas and brown butter

Husband was away on a business trip, and I was looking for a recipe that included tomatoes or mushrooms for me to try.  Have I mentioned he doesn’t like tomatoes or mushrooms?

This recipe is from Real Simple, September 2012.

I did not alter the recipe in any way.

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Cheese Tortellini with spinach, peas and brown butter

1 lb fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
1 c frozen peas
4 tblsp unsalted butter
1 small bunch flat-leaf spinach, thick stems removed (about 6 cups)
1 medium beefsteak tomato
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1 tblsp fresh lemon juice
kosher salt and black pepper

Cook the tortellini according to the package directions, adding the peas during the last minute of cooking.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes.  Add the spinach and tomato and cook, tossing occasionally, until the spinach is wilted and the tomato begins to soften, 4 to 5 minutes more.

Add the tortellini, peas, lemon zest and juice, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper to the skillet and toss to combine.

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cartoon-strawberry-9I still haven’t perfected the brown butter technique, I think I should have cooked the butter just a little longer.  This was a wonderful dish, filling and light.  To make it a little more hearty, I would add a cup of shredded chicken and maybe saute some mushrooms before adding the spinach and tomatoes.