Dear Italy, I miss you and want to be back with you!
I’ve had a wonderfully relaxing weekend, and I’m really, REALLY sad to see it go 🙁 I’m still holding onto the whole “money growing on trees” scheme, so, let’s make that happen smart people, k? Well, I had a fun day today either way. We had a great lunch at Moby Dick’s [it’s amazing Persian food in DC] then played old fashioned video games like a bunch of kids and saw Tron 3D. Obviously, Elliot won the “what movie will we see today” game. But, I’m not complaining, it was a really, REALLY good movie! Jeff Bridges can do no wrong, at least in my book. Enough about my day, how was your weekend? Lots of good eating and drinking? I hope! Speaking of eating, it’s time to talk food, ya’ll!
I miss Italy. Every single day that passes I miss it even more, especially with all of this ugly snow/slush/grey crap on the ground. Instead of moping around eating gelato and drinking vino [I don’t care that it’s winter or 3 pm] I decided to make a little tribute to an Italian favorite for our weekend dinner and whip up a spicy batch of ravioli Florentine. What exactly does Florentine mean? It’s just a fancy way of saving “served with spinach!” I added a can of zesty garlic diced tomatoes and a few tablespoons of roasted red peppar for a nice kick! You can definitely make your own ravioli but since we haven’t received the pasta addition to our kitchen aid mixer yet [hint, hint, hint!], I used store bought kind. After just a bite with a swig of wine I felt like I was back on the porch at our villa in Orvieto.
Spicy Ravioli Florentine
What You’ll Need:
- 20 oz. bag of cheese filled frozen ravioli
- 1 can of spinach
- 1 can of zesty garlic diced tomatoes [or any kind will do!]
- 1 tsp. Basil
- 2 tbsp. red pepper flakes
- 3 garlic gloves, chopped
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
How to Make It:
- Bring a pot of water to boil. Dash a bit of salt. Once water is boiled, pour ravioli in and cook until tender. Drain and set aside.
- Heat olive oil and garlic in a medium sauce pan. Cook garlic gloves until lightly browned. Add canned spinach and tomatoes to the garlic. Sprinkle basil and red pepper on the mix. Heat on medium-low heat until warm. Add 1/2 of the Parmesan mixture to the spinach. Take off heat and stir in cheese.
- Pour spinach mixture over noodles and sprinkle with cheese. Enjoy!
Nutritional Information per 1 and 1/2 cup: 300 calories, 13 grams of fat, 18 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.