Friday, March 11, 2011

Ravioli with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Dear Cooking Light,

I am glad you published a fast and easy cookbook, but let's be honest -- this meal didn't take 8 minutes to make. Just because you write up in the ingredient list for chopped onions and quartered mushrooms, does not make that actual prep work time go away. Let's not forget that you have to clean the mushrooms first... which adds another, oh 10 minutes or so? While we're at it, what's with this prechopped onion mix you keep talking about? I'm pretty sure that doesn't exist. At least not in my grocery store. How about we stick to things that are readily available (and practical)?

I like that you're trying, I really do. But please, for future reference, be realistic. Factor in the prep time, especially when you have ingredients that aren't quite as good when prepped far ahead of time.

K thanks,
The one who is glad they weren't really going for a super quick meal on this one

Ravioli with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
Adapted from: Cooking Light's Fresh Food Fast

20 ounces cheese ravioli
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (8-ounce) package baby portobello mushrooms, quartered
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons half-and-half
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup Asiago cheese, grated

Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook to al dente according to package instructions. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion, sautéing 5 minutes, or until onions are tender and the mushrooms have browned.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, half-and-half, pesto, salt, and pepper until smooth. Add to the mushroom mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Add the pasta to the skillet and gently toss until all the ravioli is coated. Serve sprinkled with cheese.

Serves: 4

For the record, this probably took me closer to 30 minutes to pull together rather than the 8 claimed by the recipe. But I have to admit, it was definitely worth those extra few minutes. Adam really really enjoyed this dish, although I felt it could have used just a teeny bit of a flavor boost. Or maybe I should have let the sauce thicken just a bit more to stick to the pasta better.

I was surprised though that we were both satisfied with the actual serving amount rather than going back for seconds like we normally do. I think the heaviness of the ravioli and the extra "meatiness" from the mushrooms really helped on that account. For as much as I roll my eyes on the cooking times laid out in Fresh Food Fast, I have to admit, they do have some wonderful, yet simple meals.

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 384Calories from fat 145
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16.2g25%
Saturated Fat 6.9g35%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 610mg25%
Total Carbs 43.9g15%
Dietary Fiber 3.4g32%
Sugars 4.2g
Protein 15.4g
Vitamin A 12%Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 22%Iron 19%


  1. LOL love the letter to Cooking Light! Do you have a Trader Joe's near you- they sell a pre cut onion mix. It comes in a baggie, i've bought it when I've been lazy.

  2. Looks and sounds delicious, too bad it doesn't take just 8 minutes! I've actually seen chopped onions at Wegmans, but they are a fancy grocery store and have lots of pre-prepped things. Sadly, they are also not near my house.

  3. Great letter... LOL! But that meal sounds delicious. Love all the 'shroom dishes you've been posting... keep them coming! :)

  4. I love Cooking Light even if they do tend to skimp on the real time it takes haha. This looks really good

  5. You go girl! Great letter, great recipe, great post, thanks!

  6. I don't think there are too many things that can be done in 8 minutes, unless you are using a microwave!

    Your pictures are gorgeous!

  7. LOL :)love the letter! I love ravioli!

  8. This ravioli looks scrumptious! Definitely saving this recipe (and I'll make sure I factor in extra prep time). :)

  9. haha don't you just hate that! It seems like recipes always take longer than you think they will.

  10. It usually takes me longer to make the recipes, than stated, but I only take those times with a grain of salt. I think those times are in a perfect world:)
    Your ravioli looks so good, and I love the portobello mushrooms.

  11. I wish I could have this for breakfast. Honestly, the cream sauce looks so good I want to try it on everything. I have seen Robin Miller chop and freeze onions on her Quick Fix show but I have not tried it myself.

  12. 8 minutes? Pa-leeeeze! Eight ot 30 minutes this looks worth it!! Great recipe!! ♥- Katrina

  13. Ooh, this looks wonderful...and I had to laugh at your true!

  14. They sell pre-chopped onion at my local market but who is really going to pay that kind of money for an onion? I could buy a bag for that. And it's not like onion is one of those things I keep chopped for a while thinking 'just throw a bit of those soggy wilted onions in - just like fresh.' Ew. So yeah, I hate when prep time isn't really accurate either but I do love me some ravioli so I probably would have forgiven them this time too. Looks delish!

  15. You can't go wrong with an ingredient line up like that. Looks amazing!



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