Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Four-Cheese Ravioli with Italian Sausage & Tomato-Basil Alfredo Sauce

This is one of those great quick recipes that uses a few shortcuts and prepared ingredients - people will swear you've spent hours in the kitchen! Originally a vegetarian recipe, I chose to add mushrooms for richness and Italian sausage for added flavor. Feel free to leave out either ingredient, though! 

It's a great dish - cheesy raviolis, in a creamy, basil & sun-dried tomato alfredo, studded with sauteed mushrooms and Italian sausage. The flavors work together SO perfectly! 

Prep work is minimal, and the sauce only takes about 5 minutes to cook - the most time-consuming part of this recipe is cooking the pasta, which still takes less than 10 minutes! Not bad, huh? 

Four-Cheese Ravioli with Italian Sausage & Tomato-Basil Alfredo Sauce
loosely adapted from Cooking Light

1lb Italian sausage, removed from casing
8oz button mushrooms, diced
1 20oz package refrigerated cheese raviolis (or 2 9oz packages)
3 Tbsp white wine or chicken stock (I used Pinot Grigio)
1 14.5 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup chopped basil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Prepare the ravioli according to package directions. 

Meanwhile, saute the mushrooms in a bit of olive oil until tender and browned but not mushy. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan, brown the Italian sausage, crumbling the meat as it cooks. Drain off any excess fat, remove from heat and set aside. 

Pour the Alfredo sauce into a saucepan. Add the wine, tomatoes and chopped basil. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes or until heated through.

Add the pasta, Italian sausage and mushrooms to the sauce and toss to combine. Top with the grated Parmesan cheese, then serve. Garnish with shredded basil if desired. 

1 comment:

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