I love a simple and fast pasta dish and this ravioli with sautéed asparagus and walnuts is exactly that – easy to put together and you can have dinner on the table in 15 minutes. Fresh store bought ravioli is cooked and then tossed with asparagus that has been sautéed in a simple butter and lemon sauce. A little bit of grated parmesan, minced parsley and crunchy walnuts are added at the end – just give it a toss and you’re done.
I’m a sucker for asparagus – whether it’s pencil thin or plump spears. I can’t resist buying it whenever I see it. And because I love the taste of asparagus so much, I want a simple sauce that will enhance it – a light, lemony, buttery sauce. The sauce is so simple to make – it’s just butter and lemon and a dash of black pepper. It’s not a heavy, greasy sauce – it just lightly coats the ravioli and asparagus.
A couple of notes:
The asparagus should be slightly damp when you sauté it. This will help with the sauce. So rinse your asparagus right before you chop it and add it to the pan.
You can use whatever fresh ravioli you like for this dish – cheese, mushroom, spinach would all be good choices. I used a fresh goat cheese and sun dried tomato ravioli from Trader Joes.
This is a super fast dish to put together so have everything prepped and ready to go before you start cooking. It takes no time to do the prep work so chop the asparagus and parsley and measure out your ingredients while you’re waiting for the water to boil.
|Ravioli With Sauteed Asparagus and Walnuts|| |
- 1 - 8 oz package of fresh ravioli – I used Trader Joes goat cheese and sun dried tomato ravioli
- ½ pound of asparagus – snap off the tough ends – chop asparagus into thirds or smaller.
- 1 half lemon
- 2 tbs butter
- ¼ cup walnut pieces
- 2 tbs minced parsley
- 6 twists of pepper
- 2 tbs grated parmesan plus some to serve at the table.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- While waiting for the water to boil, chop your asparagus into thirds (snap off tough white ends and discard). Mince parsley, squeeze lemon and measure out walnuts and butter.
- In a large sauce pan, melt 2 tbs of butter over medium heat until frothy. Add chopped asparagus to the pan, stir slightly to coat asparagus with butter and cover with the pan with a lid. The asparagus should be slightly damp when adding it to the pan. The pan should only be on medium heat so you don't burn the butter or the asparagus. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes - depending on thickness of asparagus.
- While asparagus is cooking, add ravioli to boiling water and cook as per the package instructions – my package said 4 minutes. Drain when done and add to a bowl.
- When asparagus is done, remove asparagus with a slotted spoon. There will be some browned butter left in the bottom of the pan. Add asparagus to the bowl of ravioli.
- Add lemon juice and 6 twists of black pepper to the pan with the remaining browned butter and bring to a boil and stir for 30 seconds. Pour the butter lemon sauce over cooked ravioli and asparagus. There will not be a lot of sauce - you just want enough to lightly coat the ravioli.
- Add walnuts, parsley and 2 tbs parmesan cheese - toss gently to combine.