Ravioli with Basil Pesto Cream Sauce

Ravioli with Basil Pesto Cream Sauce by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

When I was younger I didn’t really cook all that much during the week, and when I did cook on workdays it was always something super quick and easy. I was always looking for really quick recipes I could just throw together and pretend I actually cooked that night.

One of†my first, what I considered “fancier”, assembled dishes was this pasta with basil cream sauce.

One of my good friends whose dad was a French chef taught this one to me. She said it was her favorite because of how incredibly easy and tasty it was. The only downfall to this dish, and the reason I don’t still make it every week, is it’s a cream sauce and loaded in fat and calories.

However, calories and fat aside, it is the most delicious recipe you’ll ever make in under 7 minutes. For the pasta I use any type of refrigerated stuffed ravioli or tortellini.

Here I have used a new product from Monterey Gourmet Foods™: a spinach stuffed ravioli.

Their pastas and sauces are ALL Natural; the company follows 8 strict All Natural Principles so you can be assured you are offering the highest quality food for your family.

For the sauce, I used their fresh basil pesto with some cream and a little Parmesan. I just whisk the sauce together and heat through while the pasta is boiling and then toss the pasta in the sauce.

It really couldn’t be easier. This is about one step away from a frozen meal; it’s so easy.

Monterey Gourmet Foods was nice enough to not only send us their spinach stuffed ravioli but also their butternut ravioli and their chicken ravioli. We sampled all of them. I first made the spinach stuffed ravioli in the basil cream sauce. My son really liked it. Ravioli with Basil Pesto Cream Sauce by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Then we had the chicken stuffed ravioli in the same basil cream sauce. It was also delicious. Ravioli with Basil Pesto Cream Sauce by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Then when I went to make a separate garlic cream sauce for the butternut squash my son begged me not to sauce them. I guess he had enough of all that green creamy sauce. So we tried the butternut ravioli without any sauce. Ravioli with Basil Pesto Cream Sauce by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

He sure did love the butternut ravioli. He liked them the best, but my husband and I both thought the ravioli really needed a sauce.

They are really tasty, but they are not homemade and need a freshly made sauce to camouflage the “pre-packaged” taste all products like this have.

For this sauce, I use pre-packaged basil pesto. I have used both refrigerated and jarred. You could also make this a red sauce by using sun-dried tomato pesto, or any other type of pesto you like.

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    Gina M Maddox — May 22, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    I would love to make a pasta salad that would be delicious as the weather gets warmer. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Christina Tong — May 25, 2012 @ 4:42 am

    The Monterey Gourmet Foods Product sounds delicious! I would love to make the Roasted Chicken & Mozzarella Ravioli and Basil with Almonds & Pine Nuts Pesto Sauce. Can’t wait to try them!

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  3. 103
    Christina Tong — May 25, 2012 @ 4:44 am

    I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/ctong2/status/205942213342015488

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  4. 104
    Raine — May 25, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I would make stuffed shells
    Raine´s last blog post ..Couples Time

  5. 105
    meredith — May 25, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    i would love to make the butter nut squash ravioli in an alfredo sauce!

  6. 106
    meredith — May 25, 2012 @ 5:46 pm
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    Betty C — May 26, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    I’d start with the Roasted Chicken and Mozzarella ravioli and add an alfredo sauce but they all look very tasty.

  8. 108
    Rachel Winn — May 26, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    I would make an italian pasta salad to go with my famous lasagna :-)

  9. 109
    Maria Cantu — May 26, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    I would make lasagna.

  10. 110
    Norma — May 27, 2012 @ 12:03 am

    I’d use the Roasted Garlic Chicken Ravioli with a light tomato suce and shaved romano

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    LAMusing — May 27, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    I’d use their Alfredo sauce for fettucini alfredo with herbed chicken

  12. 113
    Dee — May 27, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    I would make a pesto pizza using their artichoke pesto! Yum :)

  13. 115
    Jammie — May 27, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    I would make a baked fish with pesto sauce. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  14. 117
    Anonymous — May 28, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    I’d love to try the pesto on a pizza.

  15. 119
    angie lilly — May 29, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Take the Cilantro Lime Pesto and use it with cooked brown rice, black beans, lettuce, and cheddar cheese to make some wonderful burritos or tacos or taco salads! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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    angie lilly — May 29, 2012 @ 9:48 am
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    Carmen — May 29, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    I would love to try their Three Pepper Tortelloni with marinara sauce

  18. 122
    Betty C — May 30, 2012 @ 12:36 pm
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    ewhatley — May 30, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    I would make Shrimp & North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli with Alfredo sauce.

  20. 124
    Jessica F — May 30, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    I’d make spinach ricotta ravioli! Yum!

  21. 125
    Heather — May 31, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    I love quick cooking ravioli like these. I’d try my hand at their recipe for Pear Pesto Pizza. Yum!

  22. 126
    Mari — May 31, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    I’d make white pizza using Monterrey pesto sauce instead of marinara.

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  23. 127
    Mari — May 31, 2012 @ 7:14 pm
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    Tamara — May 31, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    This brand of pasta looks amazing! And from your pictures, it also looks like it really fills you up after eating. I’ve been looking for a good lasagna recipe, but I think I would like some of the Monterey Gourmet pasta and use it to make a lasagna casserole. Thanks for the chance to win!

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