Ravioli with Basil Pesto Cream Sauce



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. child eating ravioli

Then we had the chicken stuffed ravioli in the same basil cream sauce. It was also delicious. child eating pesto pasta

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. butternut ravioli

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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Ravioli with Basil Pesto Cream Sauce

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1 cup Basil Pesto
1 cup Cream
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
cooked ravioli, tortellini, or other pasta


Combine basil pesto and cream in a skillet. Heat through until bubbly. Remove from heat and add Parmesan. Add pasta to sauce and toss to coat.

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  128 Responses to “Ravioli with Basil Pesto Cream Sauce”

  1. Paula - bell'alimento — April 2, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    I really loved these pastas! Great to have on hand when you need something that’s scrumptious quickly : ) & ps how cute is Julien ; ) xoxo

  2. Aggie — April 2, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    How cute is your son eating them up like that! My kids LOVE ravioli. They ask for them every week, more than a few times a week really.

    I’d love to experiment with the sauces, pesto is definitely up there to try, but browned butter sounds wonderful with the butternut squash ones.

  3. Mami2jcn — April 2, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    I would make lasagna!

  4. Mami2jcn — April 2, 2012 @ 11:26 am


  5. Elena — April 2, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    I would make pasta with marinara sauce

  6. courtney b — April 2, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    we would make pesto caprese!

  7. Stephanie — April 2, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    i would like to make lasagna

  8. jamie villari — April 2, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    three cheese broccoli tortelloni with alfredo sauce

  9. Maureen Chapman — April 2, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    I too would make a cream sauce, or brown butter..the pasta looks amazing!

  10. Jen DZ — April 2, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    This certainly caught my eye! I love an easy recipe, as I work at night and try to get a good meal out to my family before I go! My boys love ravioli and pesto! Thanks for this idea!

  11. Kelly D — April 2, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

    I would make a Tortelloni salad

  12. anna pry — April 2, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    i’d make Red Pepper Pesto and Arugula Pizza
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  13. rebecca shockley — April 2, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

    I would make Chicken Alfredo

  14. rebecca shockley — April 2, 2012 @ 10:59 pm
  15. Amy Tong — April 3, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    I would love to create a Creamy Ricotta Florentine Ravioli with Alfredo sauce using Monterey Gourmet Foods products. Sounds yummy and couldn’t be any easier. I can’t wait to try this combination.

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  16. Amy Tong — April 3, 2012 @ 1:34 am

    I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it/status/187050407934181377

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  17. Denise L — April 3, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    I’d love to try the Butternut Squash Ravioli in a sage butter sauce with a few shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano 🙂

  18. Jeannette — April 3, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    i would swap regular noodles for the ravioli in my cajun shrimp pasta. yum!!

  19. Karina Lee — April 3, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    i would make the ravioli

  20. Sarah S — April 3, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    I would make the lasagna!

  21. Michelle — April 3, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    I would make a grilled chicken and pasta with pesto sauce.

  22. Krissy — April 3, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    I’d make Veggie Lasagna.

  23. Mb — April 6, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    angel hair primavera!

  24. Maria — April 6, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    I would make some pasta with onions to give it some flavor and covered with marinara sauce.

  25. Maria — April 6, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    I would like to make the vegetarian lasagna, my son would like a different dish:)

  26. The pasta was delicious. I was surprised when my husband volunteered to cook dinner and he had prepared spinach filled ravioli. It was heaven. I never thought that it was per-packaged at first because he made this really amazing sauce.

    Susan E. Schwarz

  27. Christina Ziegelmeier — April 7, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    I would love to make Ravioli and the sauce just the way you did looks so good and would be refreshing to try something new.

  28. Their sauces sound delicious, I’d make an eggplant bake with one of them.

  29. Susan Smith — April 7, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    I’d make alfredo sauce over the Roasted Garlic Chicken Ravioli

  30. anash — April 8, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    i would make ziti! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  31. anash — April 8, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

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  32. Jessie C. — April 9, 2012 @ 12:04 am

    I’d make lasagna.
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  33. Amanda Sakovitz — April 9, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    i would make tortellini with red sauce!

  34. tara pittman — April 10, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

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  35. tara pittman — April 10, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    I would make ravioli and shrimp

  36. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — April 11, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    We had Monterey ravioli last night for dinner. I make a simple sauce with olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and lemon juice. So good and quick and easy. We love the basil cream sauce too.

  37. Bev Edge — April 11, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    I think I’d use the tomato, basil and mozzarella ravioli and the fire roasted mushroom and four cheese ravioli layered with homemade sauce (or maybe I’d try one from Monterey Gourmet) and little meatballs to make a cheater’s lasagne!

  38. Tina M — April 11, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    I would make Ravioli Soup.

  39. steph — April 12, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    id make a pasta salad with their pesto sauce

  40. Judy B. — April 14, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    I would also like to make the Spinich or Chicken Ravioli with the Basil Pesto Cream Sauce and add a little kick to it with maybe some Bourbon. Thanks.

  41. Sunshyn V — April 14, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    I’d try their Shrimp & North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli

  42. marla — April 15, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    Your little boy is adorable!! I can see why he is loving this ravioli!

  43. sy — April 16, 2012 @ 4:54 am

    I want to make tuna pasta with capers. Thanks for the review & giveaway.
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  44. sy — April 16, 2012 @ 4:54 am
  45. cw — April 16, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

    mmmmm! I would make lobster ravioli with alfredo sauce. So many wonderful varieties to choose from!

  46. Debbie B — April 16, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    i would make lasagna – it’s one of our favorite dishes!

  47. Debbie B — April 17, 2012 @ 12:07 am
  48. sandra — April 18, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    i’d make their potato parmesan gnocchi

  49. Feast on the Cheap — April 20, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    I JUST whipped up a batch of pesto this week – it totally screams springtime with me since there are so many wonderful fresh herbs available. Looks delicious!

  50. erica best — April 22, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    I would love to make homemade pasta with brown butter

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  51. ANGEL JACKLYN — April 22, 2012 @ 7:01 pm


  52. ANGEL JACKLYN — April 22, 2012 @ 7:02 pm
  53. [email protected] — April 23, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    They look fabulous–and that is one CUTE little taste tester you have there!

  54. Theresa J — April 28, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    shrimp pasta would be yummy

  55. Deb Anderson — April 28, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    Even though my family loves pasta, I’ve discovered I can sometimes use rice in place of pasta and they love it too. Especially brown and wild rice. Recently I paired alfredo sauce with brown rice and grilled scallops and it was out of this world! I would love to try Monterey Gourmet Foods Alfredo sauce in my recipes.

  56. Kristen — April 28, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    I’d make Spinach Ravioli Lasagna with Pesto Panko Bread Crumbs.

  57. Michelle H. — April 30, 2012 @ 2:47 am

    I’d use the Pesto Sauce to make Prime Veal Chop with Pesto and Feta Cheese

  58. Rebecca Graham — April 30, 2012 @ 2:51 am

    I would make lasagna.

  59. Crystal Warren — April 30, 2012 @ 2:52 am

    My kids love Chicken Alfredo with fresh mushrooms so I’d use their sauce as a base for that

  60. Rebecca Graham — April 30, 2012 @ 2:52 am
  61. Crystal Warren — April 30, 2012 @ 2:54 am
  62. Tracy Robertson — April 30, 2012 @ 3:28 am

    I would make lasagna with their Hearty Garden Marinara Sauce

  63. Tracy Robertson — April 30, 2012 @ 3:30 am
  64. Julie {BananasForBourbon} — April 30, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    I’m a sucker for ravioli! And pesto. And tomato sauce. I love it all!

  65. julie cutshaw — April 30, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    I would make a grilled chicken with pasta and alfredo sauce
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  66. Brandy — May 3, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    I’d make veggie primavera.


  67. Erin from Long Island — May 5, 2012 @ 2:43 am

    i’d love to make lasagna, with chicken!!!

  68. Erin from Long Island — May 5, 2012 @ 2:47 am
  69. Becky Horn — May 5, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    I think I would like to try the Ravioli
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  70. Erika — May 14, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    I’d love to try the rainbow cheese tortellini.

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  71. Kerry — May 15, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    I would make baked spaghetti.

  72. Debra F — May 17, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    I think I would love the tortellini with their pesto sauce, so that would be the first thing I would make…honestly though, all of the products really look delicious!

  73. Kelly Massman — May 17, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    I think i would make some type of yummy salad to go with the pasta and add a mild cream sauce to go with it. I don’t really use recipes any more…
    Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  74. MelissaO — May 19, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    I’d use their pesto instead of red sauce on pizza and top it with Gruyere, grilled chicken, and carmelized onions.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  75. Tiffany Winner — May 19, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    their recipe for RAINBOW TORTELLONI PASTA SALAD sounds good, i’d try to make that
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  76. Tabathia B — May 21, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    I would use the sauce to make baked spaghetti
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  77. Tabathia B — May 21, 2012 @ 10:41 pm
  78. Gina M Maddox — May 22, 2012 @ 10:59 am


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  79. 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!

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  80. 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!


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

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


  82. Raine — May 25, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I would make stuffed shells

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

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

  84. 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.

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

    I would make an italian pasta salad to go with my famous lasagna 🙂

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

    I would make lasagna.

  87. Norma — May 27, 2012 @ 12:03 am

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

  88. LAMusing — May 27, 2012 @ 12:05 am

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

  89. Dee — May 27, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    I would make a pesto pizza using their artichoke pesto! Yum 🙂

  90. Jammie — May 27, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

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

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

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

  92. 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!

  93. Carmen — May 29, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

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

  94. ewhatley — May 30, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

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

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

    I’d make spinach ricotta ravioli! Yum!

  96. 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!

  97. Mari — May 31, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

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

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  98. Mari — May 31, 2012 @ 7:14 pm
  99. 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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