Cheese Ravioli with Toasted Walnuts

Before I get into the wonderfulness of this dish, here’s yet another insight into how the Southern husband and I team up on this whole food thing I have going on.  Being the obsessively organized, over-scheduled person that I am, I make up my menus for the week on the weekend, and each morning I put out the recipe for the day before I trundle off to work.  By the time I’ve gotten home, the Southern husband has looked it over and done a pretty decent job of getting out the ingredients and lining them up on the counter.  (Although I will say, the man has a hard time differentiating between a zucchini and a cucumber.  Hey, nobody’s perfect, right?)

There’s also usually at least one day a week where I need some ingredient that needs to be gotten fresh on the day the recipe is being made – usually seafood but sometimes other things – and since I work far from home and he works close, he’s elected.  For this particular recipe, I wanted really nice fresh ravioli…not the kind from the supermarket.  I’m sure those would work fine, but I was looking for FINE.  So that was his assignment: really FINE ravioli.  

He’s usually pretty relaxed about these assignments, but he looked at the recipe beforehand, and started to sweat a little.  Because as you will see, this recipe features a pretty simple, light, streamlined “sauce.”  It’s delectable, but it’s basic: garlic, a little olive oil, some walnuts, a little lemon juice and some parsley.  It’s an accent more than a sauce…which is why I needed FINE ravioli.  The pressure was on.  And so wisely, he headed to one of my favorite places on earth, The Italian Riviera.  Not the actual Italian Riviera, but the fabulous Italian Riviera food market in Waldwick, New Jersey.  

Cheese Ravioli with Toasted Walnuts
  • One 14- to 16-ounce package cheese ravioli
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup (2 ounces) walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  1. Cook the ravioli according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the cooking water.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and walnuts. Cook, stirring, until the nuts are lightly toasted and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, the parsley, and the reserved cooking water. Add the ravioli and toss to coat. Divide among individual plates and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

FINE ravioli.  FINE.

And now that I had my ravioli, it was a quick 10 minutes worth of cooking the ravioli, sautéing the garlic and walnuts in olive oil with some lemon juice and parsley, and tossing on some parmesan.  the Southern Husbande!

He did SUCH a good job I almost let him get out of cleaning up the kitchen.


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  1. aBroad says

    One of the many things I like here is the assortment of fresh pasta that is available.
    We buy fresh Sorrentinos ( big ravioli) every week now and I make them with a different sauce.
    Last week was Putanesca , this week I will try this :)

  2. Mindy says

    There aren't too many things in this world better than a good fresh ravioli. And a simple sauce like this is one of my favorite ways to eat them. Browned butter tops the list as well. I'm pinning this just for the picture. :o) I'm pretty sure this is what will be on my plate tonite. Drooling.

  3. PoetessWug says

    Ha! Ha! ALMOST, you say. Does that mean that he ate good…and he cleaned up well too?! LOL {There's a double meaning there somewhere! LOL}

  4. Melissa @IWasBornToCook says

    I've never tried their ravioli…have you ever had ravioli from Vita Mia in Lodi? SO good. This dish looks terrific.

  5. Joanne says

    I'll be honest…I confused a cucumber and a zucchini once. I was so disappointed when I got home from the store. I've never brought home mediocre ravioli, though. And I suppose that's more important. I love how simple this is…let's all these super fine ingredients shine through.

  6. Peg says

    Fresh ravioli is so easy to make at home. I use those square wonton wrappers you find in the produce section. Make the filing of your choice (last week I did homemade ricotta with roasted eggplant). Plop some filling (about 1-2 TBS) in the center of a wrapper. Wet your finger with water and run along the edges then take a second wrapper and lay on top and press the edges. I like to take my large saute pan and fill with a chicken broth/water mix and bring to a boil. Add the ravioli's about 6 at a time and cook until they rise to the top. Drain on a wire rack, move to your serving dish and top with sauce of your choice. So easy and so delicious.

  7. FramedCooks says

    Melissa, I can't believe you said that – somehow he heard about Vita Mia this week and said he was trying their ravioli next! And Peg, thanks for the ravioli recipe – maybe I will be brave enough to try my own next time! :)

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