This Spinach Ravioli with Sauteed Veggies is one of those fantastic pasta recipes for a quick and easy weeknight meal. It uses store-bought spinach ricotta ravioli and a super quick homemade sauce packed with veggies! It’s also extremely affordable feeding 4-5 people for just about $15.00.
What Sauce to Serve with Spinach Ravioli?
When picking a sauce for ravioli consider the ravioli filling. For this spinach ricotta ravioli, I like to do something on the lighter side otherwise I find the ravioli can be a bit heavy.
This recipe has a wonderful mixture of sweet caramelized red onions, sauteed cherry tomatoes, wilted spinach, and fresh lemon zest. I creates a delicious combination of flavors that’s perfect for the in-between season of winter into spring. Because it’s hearty enough to serve as winter comfort food but the spinach, tomatoes and lemon hint of spring and summer flavors to come!
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To make this quick and easy spinach ravioli follow these simple steps
STEP#1: Carmelize the Onions
Slice the red onions into half-moons. I like using red onions for this recipe because they are sweeter than white onions and add nice color too.
Sautee the red onions in a skillet with olive oil just until the onions are fragrant and caramelized. The onions take the longest so that’s why I like to do this part first to give them a head start.
STEP#2: Sautee the Tomatoes
This time of year when tomatoes aren’t quite in season I like to use cherry tomatoes. They have so much more flavor off-season than regular tomatoes and you don’t even have to cut them! For even more tomato flavor you can also add 1-2 tbsp of tomato paste to the sauce too, just add some hot pasta water to thin it out a bit afterward.
Cook the tomatoes long enough until they start to soften and wilt a bit then you’ll add the lemon zest and juice which gives this recipe it’s great freshness. I also think the lemon is a nice flavor pairing against the ricotta filling of the ravioli.
You could also use a splash of white wine too if you didn’t have any lemons on-hand.
STEP#3: Wilt the Spinach
The spinach is the last step, it doesn’t take long and you don’t need to cook it very long, just long enough so that it is wilted and reduced in volume. You’ll use the whole bag which at first will feel like a TON of spinach.
But once you cook it down it’s the perfect amount. It’s always so surprising how much spinach shrinks when you cook it!
Then add a little salt and pepper to taste and your sauce is ready! I always like to make the sauce first anytime I’m cooking ravioli because the ravioli cooks up so quickly that you want to make sure your sauce is ready to go once the ravioli is ready.
STEP#4: Cook the Spinach Ravioli
Cook the ravioli in boiling, salted water just until they rise to the top. Be careful not t overcook the ravioli otherwise, they will come undone in the boiling water and the ricotta filling will start to spill out.
At this stage you can also add a few ladles of the starchy pasta water to your sauce, it will loosen it up a bit and create a nice thickened sauce due to the starch.
STEP#5: Toss Ravioli and Garnish with Cheese
Then all you have to do is top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and dinner is ready!
Ravioli is pretty filling so I like to serve them family-style on a large white platter and that way everyone can serve themselves!
- 2 (8oz) packages of Store-Bought Spinach Ravioli
- 2-4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 Red Onion, sliced into half-moons
- 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
- 1 lemon, zest, and juice
- 1 bag of prewashed, fresh baby spinach
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan. Saute red onions until soft. Add cherry tomatoes. Cook until they start to break down and release their juices.
- Meanwhile, set your ravioli to boil in well-salted water drizzled with a little olive oil (this will prevent the raviolis from sticking together).
- Return to your onion/tomato mixture and add lemon zest and lemon juice. Then add spinach in handfuls until wilted. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle a bit more olive oil over the mixture until well-coated (about 1 tbsp).
- Drain raviolis, and place 4-6 in a bowl, and top with the sauce.
The ravioli are done once they rise to the top of the boiling water. Do not overcook the ravioli or the ricotta cheese will seep out of the ravioli.
To loosen the sauce and make it a bit thicker ladle in some of the starchy pasta water.
This recipe makes great leftovers for the lunch box the next day!
For even more tomato flavor you can also add 1-2 tbsp of tomato paste to the sauce too, just add some hot pasta water to thin it out a bit afterward.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 242mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 4g