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.
What is Creamy Tuscan Ravioli?
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.
How to Make Easy Weeknight Creamy Tuscan Ravioli
This is a very simple recipe, but it does have three components: jammy roasted tomatoes, a simple dried Tuscan blend, and the ravioli itself.
Creamy Sauce Ingredients
Here’s what you need to make this fast creamy pasta dinner recipe:
Butter. Use unsalted butter to control the flavor of the dish.
Garlic. I recommend fresh, but you could use ½ teaspoon granulated garlic.
Vegetable stock. Use low-sodium store-bought or make your own.
Heavy cream. I recommend organic--always!
White wine. Choose a dry wine that you like the taste of.
Lemon juice. You can use store-bought or freshly-squeeze juice from an actual lemon.
Parmesan cheese. You could also use pecorino romano.
Kale. Use fresh for best results, but frozen also works! Ensure that it's chopped.
You can make them ahead of time in the oven, then keep the tomatoes in the fridge unit you’re ready to make the pasta. They’ll stay fresh for up to three days in an airtight container.
Homemade Tuscan Seasoning Blend
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.
What Kind of Ravioli Fillings Work for this Creamy Pasta
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:
Spinach and Ricotta
Lobster or Seafood stuffed
What Are Delicious Foods to Pair This Pasta With?
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!
Can I Make Dairy-Free Creamy Tuscan Pasta?
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!
Storing Leftover Pasta
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.
Cook pasta according to packaging. NOTE: ravioli doesn’t take a long time to cook, usually 4-5 minutes, depending on brand.
TO MAKE THE CREAMY TUSCAN SAUCE:
In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter until melted.
Add the garlic cloves and sauté for 1 minute or so, until fragrant. Add in 1-2 Tbsps tuscan blend seasonings and stir until well combined.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and slowly add in the heavy cream, veggie stock, lemon juice, and white wine, stirring until combined. Let it slightly bubble for 1-2 minutes and then add in the grated parmesan, whisking until fully melted and sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the chopped kale, stirring until combined and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add in the roasted herb tomatoes and continue to stir until combined. NOTE: At this point, the sauce should change in color a bit, which is great!
When the ravioli is done, drain it and add it to the sauce, stirring until sauce fully coats + sticks to pasta. Serve immediately!
Tips & Tricks
STORAGE: Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
PASTA: You can use long pastas like Pappardelle, Fettuccine, etc. however, I would recommend tossing with tongs to ensure that pasta is fully manageable and fully coated. Otherwise, other pastas such as Penne, Rigatoni, Paccheri, Orecchiette, etc. are perfect.
GREENS: To add a bit more flavor to this dish, you can always feel free to add in your favorite greens such as spinach, broccolini, collards, or asparagus.
MEAT OPTION: If you'd like to switch things up and aren't restrictive to non-meat, feel free to add chicken breasts, shrimp, or lobster to this pasta for extra decadence.
TUSCAN SEASONING (STORAGE): Any leftover tuscan blend seasoning can be stored in a ziplock bag for later use or used as garnish.