Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Ravioli with Bacon, Baby Spinach and Pine Nuts

I had some supplies sitting in the fridge from a recent trip to Costco, and searched to think of a recipe in which I could use a bunch of the ingredients.

Here is what I came up with. It's rich and filling!

Ravioli with Bacon, Baby Spinach and Pine Nuts
Makes 2 servings

1 11oz package of fresh ravioli (I used mushroom ravioli)
2-3 strips of bacon chopped into very small pieces
1 package of baby spinach
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
freshly ground black pepper
Parmesan cheese to garnish

This is a very simple recipe. Brown the bacon until crispy. Add the garlic until it starts to soften. Then add the pine nuts until they start to turn golden brown. If your ravioli is not ready at this point, turn off the mixture until the ravioli is ready.

Ravioli is easy to cook; gently place it in boiling salted water just as you would with pasta. The only trick is to not boil the ravioli too furiously; it will break them and the filling will come out. Simmer the ravioli gently according to the directions on the package - it usually only takes a few minutes.

When the ravioli is almost cooked, add the spinach to the bacon, garlic and pine nuts and add a bit of black pepper to taste. When the spinach starts to wilt, add the ravioli and stir gently until everything is mixed together. Be careful not to break the ravioli's open!

Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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