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Recipe Thursday: Ravioli and Simple Veggies

This is a simple recipe, a light (ish) summer meal. It also takes less than 45 minutes to prepare.


1 bag ravioli or tortellini or plain noodles
1 28oz can of chopped tomatoes, 1 15oz can of chopped tomatoes. Or cut up about 5-6 medium tomatoes.
1-2 cloves garlic
1 scallion
1 green pepper
fresh or dried (chopped) basil)

1. Start pasta cooking according to directions on box or bag. Consider adding extra noodles (like egg noodles). I put in half a bag’s worth. Be careful if they cook at different speeds.

2. While water is boiling, chop garlic (very finely), scallion, and green pepper. Reserve in a small bowl.

3. Either chop or drain tomatoes and reserve in a larger bowl. Chop (if necessarily) and add basil to taste. Recommended at least 2 tsp of dried basil.

4. Stir in the chopped garlic/scallion/pepper mixture.

5. When pasta is done, drain and set in serving dish. Stir in tomato+ mixture.

I like that it’s not a heavy sauce but it has a great flavor. Done this way, the garlic, scallion, and pepper are all crunch (which is why the first two should be small) for an almost salad-like feel. My aunt always recommends red, green, and white for a meal. Once you’ve got that, you know it’s Italian!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

StackingPennies May 1, 2008 at 11:15 am

This sounds really good! And I have a whole bunch of fresh basil at home… 🙂

plonkee May 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Sounds good, but what’s a scallion? And have I asked you that before?

My Daily Dollars May 1, 2008 at 5:38 pm

mmmm. . . I just put tomato plants in the ground. I’ll definitely try this when I have fresh tomatoes!

hank May 2, 2008 at 8:19 pm

I got around to making this and I must say, it was great! My wife is a big “basil” lover so this fit in perfectly for her. We also added 1/2 cup of chopped onions and it was a good twist. 😉

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