Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Quick Ravioli with Pears, Parmesan, Spinach, and Walnuts

Property of Chef Madeleine Dee
By Madeleine Dee

I love unique pasta combinations, and I REALLY love ravioli. 
Below is a quick recipe for a quick dish that a client loved:

Ravioli with Pears, Parmesan, Spinach, and Walnuts
By Chef Madeleine Dee
Serves 4-6

1 bag frozen cheese ravioli
2 ripe (but not mushy) pears, sliced into thin strips
About 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
2 cups fresh baby spinach
Generous 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
Zest of 2 lemons
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh parsley, for garnish

1. Put a pot of salty water on the stove and bring it to a boil.

2. Heat butter and olive oil over medium to medium-high heat, then sauté pears with  the zest of 1 lemon and a little salt and pepper. When pears are softened, add in the spinach and the zest of the other lemon. Sauté until softened and season to taste with salt and pepper. Turn off heat.

3. Boil ravioli until they float to the surface. Place your 1/2 cup Parmesan in a large bowl with the walnuts. When the ravioli are cooked,  immediately remove them straight to the bowl with a slotted spoon.  Add in the pears and spinach. Gently shake everything around to coat, season to taste, sprinkle with extra walnuts, Parmesan, and parsley, then enjoy! :)

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