We had a fairly action-packed evening around these parts (by recent standards) yesterday. After a quick run by the farm stand after Nora woke up from her afternoon nap, we picked up the hubby and headed straight to Ridge for their First Friday tasting. After enjoying some lovely wines and tasty nosh and chasing a toddler around the grounds, we headed home in time for baby dinner (baked tofu, peas, and pears baked with vanilla and cinnamon). Add in some pre-bedtime crankies due to teething (molars, ugh), and we were all spent.
After all that, we needed something quick and easy for grown-up dinner tonight. Normally we’d probably turn to take-out, but, as luck would have it, I had some ravioli in the freezer.
I figured out awhile back that, instead of just pairing store-bought ravioli with store-bought sauce, it’s way better to toss the pasta in some olive oil or butter and top it with some combination of veggies, nuts, and/or cheese. It takes only a little more effort, and the result is a much better (and healthier) dinner.
This time around, I tossed the ravioli with a little olive oil and a dash of black truffle oil (purchased at Trader Joe’s for insanely cheap), sautéed some baby spinach to top it off, and finished the dish with toasted walnut pieces and a sprinkle of fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper. It was definitely a winner, and the most time-consuming part of the whole meal was waiting for the pasta water to boil!
I have to say, this is a pretty good trick to have up my sleeve on a hectic day. What’s your favorite no-fuss meal, fancy or not?