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Ravioli with Chicken and Broccoli

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A few weeks ago, I randomly got a coupon from Wegmans for a serving of their prepackaged fresh pasta.  Normally, I consider those a rip-off (despite how delicious they are), but since it was cheap I went for it.  Unfortunately, I’ve never found ravioli to be particularly filling, so I wanted to use it in a combination dish to fill out the pasta with other (healthier) things.  I had chosen a basil-ricotta ravioli, so I figured pretty much anything would go nicely with it.

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I had some leftover chicken from earlier in the week as well as a lot of fresh broccoli, which sounded like a good combination.  I also had made some extra garlic-olive oil sauce with pizzas earlier that week, which could tie the ingredients together.

While water was boiling for the pasta, I cubed the chicken breasts and chopped up the broccoli.  After sauteing the broccoli to just-browned perfection, I tossed in the chicken and the sauce to heat it through.  When the water was boiling, I cooked the ravioli one minute shy of the package directions.

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At that point, I removed the ravioli with a slotted spoon and added it directly to the chicken/broccoli mixture.  Doing it this way, I reserved the starchy water that remained on the pasta to help create a thicker sauce out of the olive oil.  I also added a handful of parmesan before tossing (gently) and serving.

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This dish was quite the crowd-pleaser, and the ravioli was delicious (of course it was- it came from Wegmans!).  Next time I get a coupon, I’ll definitely do this again!

Ravioli with Chicken and Broccoli

Ravioli with Chicken and Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 1 package cheese ravioli, prepared according to package directions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Broccoli, chopped into florets and sauteed
  • 2 chicken breasts, baked and diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup reserved pasta water
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

  1. While water was boiling for the pasta, prepare the broccoli and chicken. Saute the garlic in the olive oil until softened and browned.
  2. Combine the broccoli and the chicken with the sauce.
  3. Reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water, remove the ravioli with a slotted spoon and add it directly to the chicken/broccoli mixture.
  4. Add a handful of Parmesan and pasta water, as needed, and toss to create a thin sauce.
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