Vegetarian Ravioli Sauce

with Tomatoes, Zuccini and Olives

Here is a delicious and simple ravioli sauce with crunchy vegetables that can be made quickly for a hectic weekday.

Ravioli is a great everyday vegetarian meal since it is easy to make and can be combined with a number of vegetarian sauces.

Serve with fresh bread and a green salad for a complete meal.

Vegetarian Revioli Sauce

Ravioli is like a meal in itself, but a sauce makes it spectacular. This sauce is simple but tastes great together with fresh vegetarian ravioli like the spinach and ricotta filled that I used.

The trick with the zucchini is to cut it in strips, this allows them to retain some crunchiness through the cooking which complements the larger ravioli bits so lovely.

The tomatoes complements the zucchini, and for some extra flavor and saltiness, chopped black Kalamata olives suits perfectly.

Another trick for making the sauce great, is to slowly saute the onions, never to let it brown. Give it a long slow saute for about 6 min, then add the zucchini strips and continue for 4 min more. Over cooked zucchini is not fun; you want to have a nice, crunchy "bite" to it.

Tomatoes, Zucchini & Olive Ravioli Sauce 

Here's What You'll Need

  • 1 pkg. Fresh Vegetarian Ravioli
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 small zucchini, in strips. Cut in 2 inch lengths. Then each piece lengthwise in 1/4 inch slices. Finally cut the slices lengthwise again into 1/4 inch strips. The more evenly sized they are, the more evenly they cook.
  • 1 small red onion cut in thin wedges.
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes.
  • 1 handful Kalamata black olives, pitted and roughly chopped.
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Here's What You Do

  1. Prepare a large pot with water and 1 tsp salt for the ravioli.
  2. Prepare the vegetables.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and saute 6 min. Do not let them brown.
  4. Add the zucchini strips and cook for 4 min more, stir often.
  5. Add tomatoes, olives, herbs and salt and pepper.
  6. Let the sauce simmer for 20 min. while you prepare the pasta.
  7. Cook the ravioli pasta according to the instructions. Drain.
  8. Add some of the sauce to the ravioli, stir carefully.

Serve on plates, ladle more sauce on the pasta, grate Parmesan cheese on top and dig in!

If you would like to learn how to make your own ravioli (and other pasta) check out: Homemade Pasta.  I got so inspired I just have to get a pasta roller!

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