Friday, July 17, 2009

-- Fresh, Easy Dinner for 2 or 20 --

After spending a day at the office the last thing anyone wants to do is spend hours making a meal. However, this doesn't mean you are destined to eat frozen meals, mac and cheese and cereal for the rest of your working days. (I have to admit I have been guilty of all the above and have no problem with it - every once in a while, you just want a little extra).

So here's a little inspiration next time you're thinking about dinner.

Capellini or Cheese Stuffed Ravioli Pomodoro


1/2 package of cheese stuffed ravioli (I found a dry variety at Trader Joe's thats fantastic so its easy to keep on hand)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 large tomatoe, cut in thick squares
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 of a med size onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons capers (optional)
1/8 tsp dry oregano
1 tablespoon tomato paste
5 leaves fresh basil
1/2 fresh mozarella ball, cubed

Boil the ravioli according to package instructions. Sautee the garlic and onion in the olive oil and add the tomatoes and paste. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Add tomato paste, oregano, diced fresh basil and capers. Continue to cook covered for another 5 minutes.

Drain pasta and add sauce. Sprinkle some of the fresh mozarella over it (it will start melting). Serve immediately.

For a healthier version, use capellini instead of ravioli.
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