Easy, Healthy Recipe: Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli

Last night I was super busy (as usual) and I needed a quick and healthy recipe to get my dinner started! I turned to one of my favorite staples – ricotta and spinach ravioli from Trader Joe’s. It’s pretty healthy for pre-made ravioli, and they taste great! Not rubbery like most store bought ravioli. Here’s a picture of the product:

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Ingredients

  • Depending on how many servings you need, 1-2 packages of Trader Joe’s Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Any healthy, non-sugary marinara sauce (I like Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil Marinara)
  • Dried oregano, basil, garlic salt to taste

Directions

1. Cook the ravioli according to the package directions (should only take 3-4 min max). Drain and set aside.

2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Spray lightly with cooking spray.

3. Take 5-6 ravioli (depending on how many will fit in your pan), and pan fry them on either side for a few minutes, until the outside becomes lightly golden brown and firm. (I love this step because it adds an extra special flavor and texture to the ravioli that makes it feel like it’s homemade – rather than store bought!)

Ravioli cooked in the pan

Ravioli cooked in the pan

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4. Repeat with remaining ravioli until done.

5. In a separate pot, heat the marinara sauce over medium-low heat, bring to a simmer. Add dried oregano, basil, garlic salt to taste and simmer for 5 min until flavors are combined.

6. Plate ravioli and top with sauce – enjoy!

Finished cooking, plated ravioli

Finished cooking, plated ravioli

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Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

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The nutritionals are pretty good too:

10 ravioli per packet, 2.5 servings
4 ravioli
250 calories, 60 calories from fat
2g fiber
62.5 calories per ravioli
375 calories for 6 – 3g fiber
sauce – 50 calories max – 425 total

– Each package has 10 ravioli, which amounts to 2.5 servings (so one serving is 4 ravioli)

– Each serving has 250 calories, 60 calories from fat and 2g fiber

– That amounts to: 62.5 calories per ravioli

– I usually have 6 ravioli for dinner (with sauce) which makes for a pretty filling meal! That amounts to: 375 calories and 6g fiber.

– With Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce – add 50 calories – you end up with probably about 425-450 calories max for the entire meal!

Tip: For extra fiber, serve with a spinach, red onion and cherry tomato salad! Tastes great 🙂

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