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Ravioli With Sauteed Asparagus and Walnuts

This is an easy ravioli dish with ravioli from your grocer's refrigerated aisle topped with sautéed asparagus and walnuts tossed in a light and flavorful butter lemon sauce. A quick and delicious dinner that only takes 15 minutes to make.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1-8 oz package of fresh cheese ravioli
  • ½ lb of asparagus – snap off the tough ends – chop asparagus into thirds or smaller.
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 half lemon – about 2 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup walnut pieces
  • 6 twists of pepper
  • 2 tbs minced parsley
  • 2 tbs grated parmesan plus some to serve at the table.

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • While waiting for the water to boil, chop your asparagus into thirds (snap off tough white ends and discard). Mince parsley, squeeze lemon and measure out walnuts and butter.
  • In a large saute pan with a lid, melt 2 tbs of butter over medium heat until frothy. Add chopped asparagus to the pan, stir slightly to coat the asparagus with butter and cover the pan with a lid. The asparagus should be slightly damp when adding it to the pan. The pan should only be on medium heat so you don’t burn the butter or the asparagus. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes – depending on thickness of asparagus.
  • While asparagus is cooking, add ravioli to boiling water and cook as per the package instructions – my package said 4 minutes. Drain when done and add to a bowl.
  • Add the lemon juice and black pepper to the asparagus in the pan and turn the heat to high. Cook and stir the asparagus and butter with the lemon juice for 30 seconds to create a light butter lemon sauce. Remove from heat.
  • Add the asparagus and butter lemon sauce to the cooked ravioli in the bowl. There will not be a lot of sauce – you just want enough to lightly coat the ravioli. Make sure to scrape out the saute pan.
  • Add walnuts, parsley and 2 tbs parmesan cheese – toss gently to combine.