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Asparagus Pesto Ravioli

Asparagus + Walnut Pesto

I like to play in the kitchen.
Sometimes I’m inspired by magazine articles or blogs I read. On occasion it’s the weather. Other times it’s my mood. Colors and cravings definitely come into play.
And then there are days I am inspired by necessity. There is the desire to use up all the leftovers. Sometimes it’s the broccoli I bought that’s looking a little weathered or the potatoes sprouting in their bowl on the counter top.

Lots of days my inspiration comes from being straight up hungry. Hungry!

Asparagus + Walnut Pesto

I start rummaging through the cabinets while inventing concoctions of ingredients with no rhyme or reason. I imagine flavor combinations and balance, rooting around for proteins and vegetables and perhaps an applicable starch.

Do you do this?

It’s a useful skill. Cooking out of necessity sometimes yields the best results and NEVER breaks the bank.

Asparagus + Walnut Pesto

I used the ingredients pictured above (leftover roasted asparagus and red onions, walnuts, garlic, and olive oil) for an on-the-fly pesto a few weeks ago and tossed it with some tri-colored rotini. A sprinkle of cheese, a few slivers of grilled chicken, and a simple salad were DINNER! And quite tasty, though my haphazard photos were not so appealing. Which is why this is the first you’re hearing about it.

Sorry bout that.

The good news is that I went for round two! Are you excited?

Get excited.

Asparagus Pesto Ravioli

This pesto is about to be kind of adventurous.

Asparagus Pesto Ravioli

Asparagus Pesto Ravioli

Asparagus Pesto Ravioli

Asparagus Pesto Ravioli
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, washed and trimmed
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley (or about ¼ cup fresh)
  • ⅓ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup (ish) olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package wonton wrappers
  • 2 cups of your favorite tomato sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Toss the asparagus with just enough olive oil to coat it and sprinkle it with the kosher salt. Spread the asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet (one with sides or the oil will drip!) and roast for 7-10 minutes, turning the asparagus over halfway through.
  2. Remove the asparagus from the oven and set it aside.
  3. Put the garlic, onion, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley and bread crumbs into your food processor or blender and pulse to combine. Add the asparagus and pulse some more until you have a nice green paste. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the pesto is to your desired consistency. Add the cheese and then more olive oil, if necessary.
  4. Set a small dish of water next to a clean work surface. One wonton wrapper at a time, spoon a heaping teaspoon full of pesto into the center. Dab water around the top two edges and then gently press to seal.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  6. When all of your ravioli is prepared, toss it into the boiling water for 2-3 minutes. It will float when it’s cooked!
  7. Drain the ravioli and toss with the tomato sauce.

Based on Green Pea Pesto from Joy the Baker… delicious.


This is what necessity looks like up close and personal.

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[...] filled these wraps just like we do with ravioli; for step by step photos and instructions click HERE. The only difference is that we pinched together the two bottom corners to make little apple pie [...]

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Saturday 9th of June 2012

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hopefuladdict

Monday 4th of June 2012

nom nom nom!!! wonton wrappers are the bomb!!! these look amazing and simple!!! I love pesto I'm going to have to make these one day, YUM!!!

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Tuesday 5th of June 2012

Thank you! They were goooooooood. And good for you (hurray for tasty nutrition)! I looked for the rice wrappers you had last time I went shopping but couldn't find them... so my leftover wonton wrappers are gonna get some cabbage and shrimp!

filingawaycupcakes

Sunday 3rd of June 2012

This looks fabulous! I think I may use this recipe, add a bunch of ricotta and stuff shells with it:]

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Monday 4th of June 2012

Ooooohhh ricotta and stuffed shells sound delicious! Thank you!

thepinkrachael

Sunday 3rd of June 2012

I do this, but not with such impressive results! It's usually a case of chuck it all together and throw onto a plate with some pasta! I definitely cook based on my mood, what I feel hungry for and what I know is in the fridge and needs using though - it drives Cesar nuts as it always takes me ages to decide what to have while I um and ah and dig through the cupboards etc.! Also, a quick note to let you know I am here reading and very much enjoying, just frantically busy and not commenting as much, sorry - normal service will resume shortly!

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Monday 4th of June 2012

Thanks for the note, Rachael! It's a crazy busy time of year, for sure. I haven't managed to post as much as I'd like cause I feel like I'm always running crazy trying to play catch-up! I get really annoyed when everyone wants to know what's for dinner; especially if I'm trying to make something out of nothing. Crazy? Probably. But they know to steer clear. I think I'm afraid they'll reject whatever I tell them. So if I don't answer the question they cannot oppose me until it's all prepared and on their plates!