Make this recipe when you are throwing a dinner party or want to feel like you are eating at a gourmet restaurant. I tend to avoid ravioli because it is time consuming, but I LOVE the taste so this week I gave it a shot. You can always make your ravioli the night before and store it in your fridge over night. Then you cut your dinner cooking time to only 20 minutes or so!
Sweet Potato Ravioli in Garlic Cream Sauce
Prep. Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
1 lb orange sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
5 oz. ricotta cheese
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB Parmesan cheese
1 9 oz. package won ton wrappers
2 oz. butter
1 bunch green onions, chopped
8 oz. heavy cream
1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Place sweet potatoes on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 40 minutes.
2. Transfer sweet potato to a mixing bowl. Add ricotta, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Mix and mash until smooth.
3. To make the ravioli: Place one TB of sweet potato mash in the center of one won ton wrapper. Brush edges of wrapper with water. Place another won ton wrapper on top and press all four edges together. Place on baking sheet with wax paper, cover with damp towel. Repeat this until your filling is gone.
4. Melt butter in skillet. Add green onion and garlic. Cover and cook 1 minute. Add cream and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes until cream sauce is thickened.
5. Bring a large sauce pan of water to a boil. Cook ravioli in batches 3 minutes each. Drain and place on serving plates. Cover ravioli with hot cream sauce and serve.
I have been sticking with tomato based pasta sauces for a while, but wanted to shake things up a bit with a cream based sauce. It is a great way to get yourself to eat some more spinach!
Cream of Spinach Pasta
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
3/4 cup butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 lb. frozen spinach
1 lb. pasta of your choice
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup milk
1. In a medium-sized skillet, melt half the butter and add the garlic and onion. Cook until golden but not browned. Add the spinach and partially cover the pan until the spinach has heated through.
2. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Toss it with the remaining butter, the spinach mixture, cheese, and cream until all are blended and heated through.
The variety of enchilada recipes out there make me so very happy. I love when recipes mix spicy and creamy together. That just makes my whole mouth happy with every bite!
Flour Tortilla Enchiladas with Hot Tomato Salsa
Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
4 oz. cream cheese
3 TB sour cream
1 onion, chopped
15 oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 red bell peppers
1 pound tomatoes, quartered
1 can diced green chilies
3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup cream
8 flour tortillas
2 TB grated parmesan
1. To make the filling: Beat cream cheese, sour cream, onion and kidney beans until well mixed.
2. To make the sauce: If you have a gas stove, turn on burner and blacken the outside of the red bell peppers. Otherwise, broil the peppers for 5-10 minutes until the skin starts to bubble. Wrap peppers in damp towels for 5 minutes. Run peppers under cold water and remove as much of the skin as possible. Cut the peppers in half and remove seeds.
3. Combine peppers, tomatoes, and green chilies in blender. Mix well. Add the egg, cream, sour cream and mix well.
4. To make enchiladas: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Pour half the salsa into deep pie dish. Dip tortilla into the sauce until completely covered. Place on working surface, spoon 1/8 of filling, roll tortilla and place at one end of large casserole dish. Continue this process with the remaining tortillas.
5. When all of the tortillas are filled and rolled, cover the top with the remaining salsa and grated cheese.
6. Bake enchiladas for 20 minutes.