Food and Libations

Spinach Ravioli with Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

This is one of my favorite pasta dishes-and also one of the easiest. The ravioli are pre-made, but the dish tastes completely amazing thanks to a creamy parmesan basil sauce with zesty cherry tomatoes. And we’re off! (there’s a printable version at the bottom of the post)

You will need:
Good quality pre-made spinach ravioli
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
10-12 leaves of fresh basil, chiffonade
1 TBSP minced garlic
1/2C heavy cream
1/2C half and half
1/2C grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for serving
salt and pepper
pinch red pepper flakes
olive oil for sautéing

Start by getting your ravioli’s going in a pot of heartily salted water and cook them according to package directions. drain, and set aside, reserving a bit of pasta water to loosen your sauce later if you need to. These are the raviolis I use. They are very close in taste and texture to homemade (sorry Grandma)

Prepare your holy trinity of garlic, tomatoes, and basil

heat a pan coated in oil to medium, add your tomatoes, salt, and pinch of red pepper flakes

stir everything around until the tomatoes start to release their juices. Take a masher and press a little on the tomatoes to help them along.

add in your garlic

lower the heat a bit and add in cream and half and half, stir. add in half of the cheese, stir.

after a few minutes, add in your basil, stir

Now, add in your pasta

top with the other half of the cheese, and fold everything together


plate and serve with a sprig of fresh basil, a sprinkle of fresh parsley and additional cheese, if desired.


So easy, Right?


Printable version HERE


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