Ravioli with Brussel Sprouts, White Cheddar & Cranberries

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With weather like we’ve been having in the DC region, the only thing I  crave is comfort food. Forget salads, forget healthy sandwiches and don’t even get me started on simple soups. All I want is pasta with lots of cheese, pizza loaded with toppings and hamburgers stuffed between two fresh brioche buns. I want food that’s going to stick to my guts and keep me warm when I’m commuting in below freezing temperatures.

Brussel sprout ravioli

The catch though is I want those dishes to either make themselves, be assembled by my husband when I get home or be so easy I don’t even realize I’m cooking.


I promise I’m not lazy, but after 10 hours in an office, the last thing I want to do is spend 3+ hours cooking a meal. Most of that is because if I did that, we wouldn’t eat until 10pm. And do you know what happens when you eat a heavy meal 2 minutes before you go to bed?

My hips, that’s what happens.

  Tangy and sprout ravioli

That’s why I’m trying to find comfort food dishes that are not only easy to make but healthy and budget friendly too. It is the holiday season after all and I have about 15,000 gifts still to buy. Dishes like this easy brussel sprout, white cheddar and cranberry ravioli that can be made with less than $10 in your pocket and only about an hour of time spent, even with homemade pasta. Once you get the hang of making your own homemade dough, it’s shocking how easy it is to throw it together in almost no time.

Ravioli with Brussel Sprouts, White Cheddar & Cranberries

tangy brussel sprouts

Serves about 5 – 6.
Prep time: 35 minutes
Cook time: 10 – 15 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes


For the ravioli

  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon oil

For the filling

  • 6 ounces low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons egg beaters
  • 1/4 cup cooked and chopped Brussels sprouts
  • Salt and pepper

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup low-sugar juice (I used orange)
  • 6 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped & cooked Brussels sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

For the instructions on how to make this amazing dish, check out the recipe on Fabulous Foods!

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories: 478
Fat: 11.2 grams
Carbohydrates: 73 grams
Fiber: 8.5 grams
Protein: 20.1 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 12

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  1. Posted by Amy @Very Culinary on
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    I love brussels SO MUCH. And the idea of pairing them with cranberries... SWOON.
  2. Posted by Cookin Canuck on
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    I hear you - I'm all about the comfort foods right now, too. This is such a great way to turn a potentially heavy dish into something light, but still satisfying.
  3. Posted by Stephanie Hartley on
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    Oh my god, this looks incredible! definitely need to try it out soon :)

    Steph - http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com
  4. Posted by Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom on
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    I think this looks fabulous and comforting, It's a win for me!
  5. Posted by Heather / girlichef on
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    Oh, I bet this is just packed with flavor - and the perfect way to settle down after a long day. Yum!
  6. Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    Wow - I'm so impressed that you are making homemade ravioli too! This dish looks amazing!
  7. Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
    I love this healthy comfort food!! I need something comforting, yet a little bit lighter this time of year when I seem to be eating nothing but junk.
  8. Posted by Heather at Basilmomma on
    Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
    Love it. ALL of it! Great flavor combo :)
  9. Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
    Stop it. This sounds so good! Hope you're enjoying your new job!
  10. Posted by Anita on
    Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
    That is such a gorgeous winter dish! Could go for a plate of it right now!
  11. Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
    Brussel Sprouts with cranberries is one of my favorite flavor combinations! Adding cheese just makes it even more amazing!
  12. Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
    Brussels sprouts and cranberries! I haven't had that combination before, but I'm liking the idea!
  13. Posted by Melanie on
    Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
    I love brussels sprouts. And this is such a creative recipe. I can't wait to try it!
  14. Posted by Kim Beaulieu on
    Thursday, December 11th, 2014
    This is amazing. Not only pretty but tasty, healthy and easy on the pocketbook. Impressive.
  15. Posted by Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom on
    Thursday, December 11th, 2014
    That just looks and sounds divine!
  16. Posted by Nutmeg Nanny on
    Thursday, December 11th, 2014
    I want this salad!
  17. Saturday, December 13th, 2014
    This looks spectacular. I love the combo of flavors going on here.