Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Spinach and cheese ravioli in rose sauce

I love this pasta because it's quick, delicious and only five ingredients! I saw this on a Giada de Laurentiis show. It's good lazy-day food that looks gorgeous when served up family-style on a big platter. I just use frozen spinach-and-cheese ravioli because it's my favourite, but you could also use tortellini or gnocchi. Now's a good time to make this recipe because of all the fresh summer-sweet basil that's available.

Spinach and cheese ravioli in rose sauce

one package frozen spinach-and-cheese ravioli
half a tall jar of marinara sauce
one cup ricotta cheese
a handful of fresh basil leaves, torn
half a cup of grated parmesan cheese

Boil the pasta in a big pot according to package directions, taking care not to overcook because you will be combining the pasta with the hot sauce, which will cook it a bit more. Drain and set aside.

Pour the marinara sauce into a big, high-sided frying pan and heat. Once it's warmed through, add the ricotta cheese and stir to blend until smooth, about a couple of minutes. Just before serving, add half of the torn basil to the sauce and mix together until the leaves are wilted.

Slide the cooked pasta into a serving platter and top with sauce, grated parmesan cheese and remaining fresh basil leaves for garnish. Serve right away with garlic bread.


One of Ottawa's Real Foodies said...

My husband and I said this is the week we buy a pasta machine and try making it at home. Today I was feeling at risk, not knowing if we would get to it. This post seems like divine intervention. I'm sending it his way and hope that we can give 'by hand' a shot. Perfect timing. Looks super delish.

Asha at beFOODled said...

Thanks Anne! Good luck with your pasta, whichever way you make it - I hope you enjoy this recipe if you try it.

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