Baked Ravioli with Asparagus


This recipe was inspired by a HelloFresh recipe we received a few weeks ago. Somehow we ended up with a half off coupon to try HelloFresh meal delivery service and thought we would give it a try. However, this post is not in any way sponsored by them.

I thought it was interesting that the favorite recipe of the three ended up being the one requiring the least amount of ingredients. I won't complain about that! I made it again with a few tweaks and thought I would share that recipe with you all today!

Serves

Ingredients

  • 1 package of ravioli (9oz)

  • 1 cup of milk

  • 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons of pesto

  • 8 stalks of asparagus (was about half of a bunch for me)

  • 1/4 cup of vegetable broth

  • 2 garlic clove

  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to either 500 degrees F or turn on the broiler. If you are using the broiler, you can probably wait to turn it on after you have completed step 4.

  2. Heat up the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes.

  3. While garlic is in the pan, cut off the hard bottom ends of asparagus and chop them into 1-inch pieces. Add the asparagus to the pan and cook for a few minutes, until slightly soft.

  4. Add the milk, pesto, vegetable broth, and ravioli to the pan and let it simmer. You may need to turn up the heat a little for this. Cook until liquid has reduced slightly and the ravioli is soft.

  5. While you are waiting for the ravioli to soften, mix the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil in a small bowl.

  6. Once the liquid has reduced and the ravioli is soft, move it to an oven-safe dish. Sprinkle on top the breadcrumb mixture and place in oven under the broiler for 1-2 minutes. If not using the broiler, bake for a few more minutes to get that similar effect. Keep an eye on it!

The last step browns the crumbs just the right amount and turns this dish into a cheesy, savory dream.

It is funny how quick we get into a habit. I have a set of fresh produce that I always "need" in my refrigerator. Included are carrots, tomatoes, some greens, and an avocado or two. Besides that, I don't often venture far. It is mostly out of simplicity and routine. What I loved about trying this recipe was that I reminded me how much I love asparagus. I guess it is a good thing we are entering into asparagus season (March and April for North Carolina peeps). It is such a simple vegetable to cook with and adds a fresh, crisp taste to an otherwise cheese heavy dish.

What recipes have you tried lately, or seen online, that reminded you of a vegetable you may have forgotten about? How do you keep your dishes different while staying on a budget?

I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

If you give this recipe a try, let me know your thoughts! Also, if you share it on social media, use #nibblesandbits so I don't miss it :)

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