Recently my Mom was laid up for a few weeks. It was hard on her because she is incredibly active here on the ranch. There really wasn’t much I could do to help her with Dr. ordered rest, but I could make her comfort food. There was a lot of tomato soup, grilled cheese, broccoli bacon salad and this little gem of a recipe. There are about a million versions of this floating around the internet, this one happens to be our favorite. I think next time I might switch it up a little and add some sweet purple onion. It’s always a crowd pleaser so think about making it for your next pot luck.
Tuscan Ravioli Salad
1 lb. cheese ravioli
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. good balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
Dash of red pepper flakes
ground black pepper
1 cup cooked bacon or pancetta, crumbled
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
I like this salad because it has lovely colors. Makes me happy.
Cook ravioli according to package directions. Drain and transfer to large serving bowl.
Meanwhile, mix olive oil, vinegar, honey and season with salt and peppers to taste.
In the large serving bowl add bacon, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan and dressing, toss until well combined.
I had to add a picture of bacon. Had to.
This is one of my favorite recipes right now. It’s easily adaptable to your tastes too! Use Pancetta, more or less wine and or chicken broth. I love me some sauce so I double it anyway. I mean you have to have something to dip your garlic bread in!
1 pound of Pasta, Cooked Al Dente (I like farfalle)
Reserved Pasta Water, If Needed
1 pound of bacon –chopped (Use GOOD bacon)
3 whole medium Leeks, Sliced Thin (again use more or less to your taste)
½ cup Dry White Wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
½ cup Heavy Cream
½ cup parmesan cheese – shredded fine (or more! Tee hee)
Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper, To Taste
Parmesan Cheese, Shaved
Cook pasta until al dente and set aside. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Saute bacon until fat is rendered and it starts to brown, remove from heat, chop into 1 inch pieces. Remove excess bacon fat (leave some, you are making a sauce afterall! But if you used good bacon like I said, this might not be a problem) and add sliced leeks and cook for 8 minutes or until tender.
Pour in wine, then cook an additional 3 minutes, until reduced. Add chicken broth. Reduce heat to low, then pour in cream. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in shredded Parmesan and bacon.
Toss in pasta, adding a little pasta water to thin as needed. Serve with Parmesan shavings over the top.
*Also very good chilled, if you don’t make extra sauce! Try it as a pot luck salad!