Easy Weeknight Creamy Tuscan Ravioli is a deliciously savory one-pot dinner with a creamy, lemony sauce, wilted kale, herb roasted tomatoes, and a herby-cheesy taste that’s truly irresistible.
Whenever I’m in the mood for a quick, easy weeknight meal, my first instinct is almost always pasta. The best thing about pasta is that it’s so versatile and there are so many options (shapes + sizes) to choose from.
This creamy Tuscan skillet pasta fits both those bills, and then some. It’s packed with deeply rich and savory flavors from jammy tomatoes and a fragrant Tuscan herb blend that can be stored for future use. If you aren’t restricted to only meatless options, then you can spruce things up by adding chicken breasts, shrimp, lobster, etc. and I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.
Pasta is a staple in my house, especially creamy pasta and I have a feeling that this one in particular will be a staple in your house too.
Literally, creamy tuscan ravioli is a play of tuscan-style chicken, which comes based in herbs and a sun-dried tomato sauce. While you can use sun-dried tomatoes in this recipe to keep things more traditional, I definitely like making my roasted herb tomatoes which mimic them rather well!
Plus, this dish is the “main dish” as opposed to a side to some sort of meat, so it creates a nice light, easy feel for dinner.
This is a very simple recipe, but it does have three components: jammy roasted tomatoes, a simple dried Tuscan blend, and the ravioli itself.
Here’s what you need to make this fast creamy pasta dinner recipe:
The herb-roasted tomatoes offer a delicious umami-packed flavor foundation for this creamy pasta dish.
You can make them ahead of time in the oven, then keep the tomatoes in the fridge unit you’re ready to make the chicken. They’ll stay fresh for up to three days in an airtight container.
Sure, you can find pre-made seasoning blends at the grocery store. But there’s nothing like the fresh, customized flavor you get by making your own blend. The herbs and spices in the Tuscan spice mix for this recipe are inspired by the fresh herbs that grow in Italy, mixed with a bit of heat from smoked paprika.
You can Store the seasoning blend in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month. Use it on anything from simple roasted vegetables to salad dressing to herb oil for dipping bread.
For this specific recipe, I chose to use cheese ravioli, however, there are so many options (whether homemade or store-bought) that can help to elevate this entire dish based on the use of any of the following raviolis:
When it comes to most pasta dishes, I often enjoy them with a side of bread of some sort. Most times, I make my own homemade Garlic Bread, however, you can choose to spruce things up with many other options such as:
A delicious Salad
I found a great article at The Kitchn which includes a few delicious examples of these!
Yes! To make this sauce dairy-free, simply use vegan butter instead of the regular butter. Then swap the cream with full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. And use your favorite dairy-free shredded cheese or nutritional yeast instead of parmesan. As for the pasta, simply use a vegan-friendly ravioli as a great substitute!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. This makes a great meal prep recipe for a satisfying lunch! Reheat in the microwave or on the stove to serve.
Easy Weeknight Creamy Tuscan Ravioli.