I’m so excited to share this recipe with you. We’re a huge fan of chilled, filled pastas. They’re absolutely great to have tucked away in the fridge, so convenient for last-minute meals and feeding unexpected guests (or hungry post-pub revellers). They’re so simple and quick to prepare (they take less than three minutes to cook) and are such a great way to feed the family this Christmas – completely stress free and absolutely delicious. It’s authentic Italian pasta – the ultimate quick and simple comfort food, and this whole dish takes literally minutes to prepare. I’ve teamed a pack of Giovanni Rana Simply Italian Creamy Mozzarella & Smoked Pancetta Ravioli with a tasty sage butter, some pan fried shredded sprouts and some crisp, smoked pancetta.
If you’d rather, you can snip the pancetta into little slivers and gently pan fry it in the butter along with the sprouts. This makes a great Christmas dinner accompaniment too! And talking of Christmas dinner, I did also think that this dish would make the perfect, simple starter to your festive meal.
To feed four people, you will need:
2 packs Giovanni Rana Simply Italian Creamy Mozzarella & Smoked Pancetta Ravioli
50g butter, plus extra for frying the sprouts
Rapeseed or olive oil
5 or 6 small sage leaves
1 pack smoked pancetta
1 pack sprouts, trimmed and shredded
Salt and pepper
The pasta takes just three minutes to boil, so pop a large pan of salted water on to heat up.
Meanwhile, heat up a large frying pan and add the slices of pancetta to the dry pan, Press them down with a slice or spatula until they are just golden brown. Remove and keep warm.
Add a large knob of butter to the pan, then a glug of good quality oil (I use rapeseed), swirl it around, then add in the shredded sprouts. Season well, then gently stir fry until they’re just cooked through and starting to go golden.
Pop the ravioli into the boiling water and set the timer for three minutes. In another clean pan, melt the 50g butter and add the sage leaves (I used baby sage leaves, but if yours are bigger, shred them thinly). Heat until the butter is just bubbly, but don’t let it brown.
After three minutes, drain the pasta and toss into the sage butter. Serve with the shredded sprouts and finally top with a couple of pieces of crispy pancetta.
Utterly delicious. And there are loads of other flavours to try, including their Italian Indulgence Parmigiano Reggiano & Creamy Ricotta, which I think would also be lovely used here, or Slow Roasted Beef & Mushroom in a Red Wine Ragu, that would be great with just a simple tomato sauce.
You can find Giovanni Rana fresh filled pasta in Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Ocado. For more information, and to help you make the most of family time together around the table, by ‘living Italian’, click on liveitalian.co.uk
Many thanks to Giovanni Rana for the pasta and the inspiration!