Fresh ravioli is one of our favorite kitchen shortcuts for when we need dinner in a hurry. Not to mention, the versatility. We like to use these tender pasta pillows as our blank canvas, and pair with flavors that enhance the ravioli.
Since it’s still winter, we wanted to create a dish that was rich and comforting; something that would warm us up from the inside out. Using Cucina Fresca’s Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli and Applegate’s Sweet Italian Chicken Sausages, we whipped up a hearty meal in (practically) minutes.
The result? This right here:
Let's get an even closer look, shall we?
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Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli with Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage and Peppers
What you need
- 1 package Cucina Fresca Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 2 bell peppers (any color), sliced into strips
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 package Applegate Sweet Italian Chicken Sausages, cut on a bias into one-inch long pieces
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
Boil water for ravioli using less water than normal (use about half the amount). Generously salt the water when it comes to a boil and cook ravioli according to time on the package. At the end of the cooking time, reserve a cup of the pasta water before draining ravioli and setting aside.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add sliced bell peppers, and sauté for about five minutes. Add the Italian sausages, and cook, stirring occasionally until slightly browned. Add garlic and pepper flakes (if using), and sauté until fragrant, about a minute. Add tomato paste, stirring constantly until the paste has broken down and coated the peppers and sausage. Pour in the red wine vinegar and stir.
Add ravioli and toss together. Gradually pour in small amounts of the reserved pasta water, stirring between each addition, until the sauce has thinned and is coating it evenly. Remove from heat and serve.
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