September 20, 2013

FAST DINNERS: Stuffed Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce and Smoked Gouda

This dish is one I posted about a year or two ago and is easy and so fast to whip up for an amazing dinner at the last minute if you have store bought products on hand.  I like to make it from scratch with homemade ravioli and homemade alfredo sauce but you can't deny that putting a 10 minute dish on the table using store bought is a blessing some times!

If you wish to make the ravioli yourself, I've posted numerous versions over the years and you can find one of them with photos of the steps here: Ravioli.  For an amazingly easy alfredo sauce, try this;

Quick Alfredo Sauce

1/2 stick butter
1 t fresh, minced garlic
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 1/2 c milk or light cream
1/2 - 3/4 c parmesan (or mozzarella if you are out of parmesan)

Melt butter in a pan over medium high.  Add the garlic.  Add the cream cheese and milk.  Whisking and cooking til smooth.  Add the parmesan and serve over pasta.

Stuffed Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce and Grilled Chicken

1 batch or pkg. stuffed ravioli of your choice
1 package pre-cooked grilled chicken breasts or strips
1 jar alfredo sauce
1 loaf french or garlic bread
Smoked Gouda Cheese - about 1/2 cup grated
Diced red peppers (also can add diced green peppers, sliced green onions, broccoli or mushrooms)
*optional:  crisp, crumbled, cooked bacon on top for flavor/garnish

Boil the ravioli according to package directions.  While the pasta is cooking, heat the oven and bake the french bread and heat the chicken strips.

Pour the sauce into a saucepan on the stove and add about 1/2 - 3/4 c diced fresh red pepper (I usually add broccoli and mushrooms as well but didn't this night that I took photos).   Warm the sauce.

Serve the pasta in a large bowl with strips of hot grilled chicken, topped with the sauce and grated smoked gouda on top.  Serve with warm french or garlic bread and a side salad.  So good for a 10 minute to table meal on a very busy night!

You might also be interested in these related products from Amazon;

 AmazonBasics 8-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set
Cuisinart 77-7 Chef's Classic Stainless 7-Piece Cookware Set
Ikea Home Indoor Saucepan set of 3 black


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