California Central Coast Recipes

Ravioli with Walnut Sauce.

This is a quick but really elegant dinner entree.óIt tastes as if it's really hard to make but itís a snap to throw together.

I like it because it makes great use of our locally grown walnuts and it always has such a fresh and unique taste. The only trick is finding a good cheese ravioli to accompany the sauce.

It's an unusual use of walnuts that your dinner guests are sure to love and if you donít tell them otherwise---theyíll think you really toiled! ©2017, Ravioli with Walnut Sauce.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
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The Walnut Sauce

1-1/2 cups walnuts coarsely chopped
1-3/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
1/2 cup green onions finely chopped using both green and white sections
3 Tablespoons butter
2 to 3 cloves garlic chopped
freshly-ground black pepper

The Pasta

1 pound frozen ravioli cheese stuffed

Preparation Directions.

1 In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat until butter is foaming. Add the green onions and garlic. Cook 3-5 minutes until soft but not browned.

2 Add cream and bring to a boil. Simmer 3-5 minutes until reduced to one and a half cups. Do not over-boil.

3 Add walnuts and Parmesan, and a few grinds black pepper. Stir the walnut-cheese mixture. Remove from heat.

4 In the meantime, cook ravioli according to package directions. Drain pasta well then divide raviolis between dinner plates, and spoon the sauce over them. Garnish with chives if desired.

5 At the table, pass around additional Parmesan.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Wine suggestion: Serve with a dry Chardonnay.

A tip from Sue!

Know your stove!

Not all stoves are equivalent! Your "medium" may be equivalent to another's "high." For instance, a lot of recipes use the "Medium heat" burner. But that can be too high if your sauteing garlic and don't want it to burn. It's better to err toward the lower setting.