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