Ravioli tastes even better inside out with this quick and fun recipe for naked ravioli, and I guarantee it will also make your family extra interested about what’s for supper!
Okay, so I would like to clear up something right away. When I posted on my Facebook page that I was making this particular recipe for dinner, there was a fair amount of, shall I say ALARM, about the title of the recipe. Some people were concerned for my safety.
Others were just discombobulated in general about what on earth was going on in my kitchen. So just let me state clearly and for the record: it is the RAVIOLI that is naked. Not the cook. The cook remained fully clothed at all time, as you can see from the photograph below.
Now that we can all breathe a deep sigh of relief, let me tell you what is going on here.
Naked ravioli basically means that you are getting the filling of the ravioli – in this case a scrumptious mixture of veal, parmesan cheese, herbs and some other things – OUTSIDE of the pasta. So the ravioli filling is, well, naked.
I toss some bow-tie pasta into this dish so you still get the happiness of the pasta part, it’s just not wrapped around the filling. Making the filling naked. Are you getting the drift here?
tell me how to make naked ravioli!
So now that we all understand each other, here’s what happens. You mix up some ground veal, chopped onion, a beaten egg, some grated parmesan, a little chopped fresh parsley and some salt and pepper, and roll them into a whole batch of little tiny meatballs – about 1/2 inch inch in diameter, give or take.
Drop them in some salted boiling water, and at the same time melt about a half a stick of butter with some fresh sage leaves until the butter is melted and golden brown.
When the meatballs are done, scoop them out with a slotted spoon and cook up a batch of bow-tie pasta in that same water. Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water and when the pasta is done, toss everything together in one bowl – pasta, meatballs, butter mixture, some of the pasta water to loosen up the sauce – and add in some peas and a little more parmesan cheese.
Ravioli tastes even better inside out with this quick and fun recipe for naked ravioli, and it will also make your family extra interested about supper! And there you have it – all the makings of ravioli, but WAY easier than making it from scratch and with the filling on the outside rather than being contained in the pasta. Or in other words…naked.
I think I have now used the word “naked” on my blog more times than I ever have before, or ever will again. I’m hoping and wondering if this might actually increase my blog traffic.
Ravioli tastes even better inside out with this quick and fun recipe for naked ravioli, and it will also make your family extra interested about supper!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
- 1 pound ground veal (you can also use ground pork or beef or any combo thereof!)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 pound bow-tie pasta
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 20 fresh sage leaves
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- Salt and pepper
- Extra grated parmesan for garnish
- Combine meat, egg, cheese, parsley and onion. Roll into balls about 1/2 inch in diameter and pop in the fridge until ready to use.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil and add a tablespoon of salt. Cook meatballs in boiling water for 5 minutes and remove with slotted spoon. Put in a bowl and cover to keep warm. Cook pasta in the same water until done, adding the peas during the last minute of cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water. Drain.
- Meanwhile, cook butter and sage leaves together in small pot until butter is light brown, about 5 minutes. Toss pasta with butter mixture, reserved meatballs and enough pasta water to make a light sauce. Salt and peper to taste. Top with grated parsmesan and serve.
Keywords: naked ravioli, inside out ravioli recipe, kid friendly meatball pasta
Blog is the New Black says
So funny! I put "Naked Cookies" as the title of one of my posts- and I still get weird traffic! This recipe looks awesome.
Oh your blog traffic will DEFINITELY increase with your use of the word naked. I speak from unfortunate experience in which my blog was found multiple times by searching the phrase "casual sex Brussels". I don't know either.
Love this recipe! Sounds super delicious. I love ravioli anyway I can get em.
Amy's Cooking Adventures says
Looks delicious! Definitely on my to make list!
Fun and Fearless in Beantown says
Too funny! I bet you really will get a ton of hits from your title!
this sounds really good…but where does the egg go?
Kate Morgan Jackson says
Kimt: good grief, where would I be without careful readers like you? Thank you!! It goes in with the meat when you mix it up, and it helps bind the meat mixture together as it cooks. I've fixed the post. Happy New Year! xx
Sounds good…and I got the egg fix thingee too. I kinda figured! :-)
Hell if cooking Naked floats your boat…who are we to judge? I think your Post Title is Fantastic!
I featured your 'Naked Ravioli' recipe today for my "Chow Down" post for this week. I hope it brings lots of new readers to your awesome blog.
Here is the link:
Keep up the marvelous work.