Saturday, May 8, 2010

Ravioli with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, adapted from the Pioneer Woman Cooks


I have missed not having any spare time to share recipes with you-- my friends and lovely followers! Oh, how I've missed visiting my bookmarked blogs and being able to ooh and ahhh at all the tasty recipes that I've grown so addicted accustomed to reading!  I'll share the details, another day-- but the shortened version of my busy week is 1) We finally bought the house we've been renting for a few years-- yes!!! 2) The next day, I found out that I lost my job. Yep, it's called "bumping" when you work for a school district. Bumping happens when someone with seniority has their hours cut. Surprise, surprise! After a night of angst, I decided to accept my transfer to a different school site-- a few less hours, but it meant we didn't have to back out of our mortgage. 3) I got a new car (Honda Civic Hybrid), since my V-8 engine was going to make my new commute less affordable. A wild ride? Yes!  My appetite took a while to return, while I digested (sorry for the pun) these unexpected changes in my life. All is well, and I'm actually looking forward to my new job position-- though I will now be a 12-month employee, instead of 11-month. I am still mourning the loss of my beloved summer vacations.  Thanks for listening...

The Pioneer Woman and her "Punks". Photo by Ree Drummond

I lost my cooking mojo while taking this very wild ride, last week.  My camera never got turned on-- and I think this is a first for 1 1/2 years that I've been blogging!  I'm back, and I wanted to share a very quick dinner I made on Friday.  Do you remember that Antipasto Pasta Salad that I recently posted? I had some roasted red bell pepper, in a jar, that was left from that recipe.  I was tired, hungry and tired of eating out (which we did most of last week-- due to my aforementioned non-cooking mood).  The Pioneer Woman posted this recipe, last August.  Somehow, I remembered it. The recipe is so easy, that I didn't need to print it. I made a couple of adaptions-- very minor so let's get crackin'!


I always keep pine nuts in my freezer, so I toasted them and set them aside. If you want to see how to roast your own peppers, click here. Otherwise, drain a jar of roasted bell peppers.  I keep ravioli in the freezer, for nights I'm too tired to cook. These are vegetarian, but use whatever you like-- or use plain pasta. Start your water boiling, and be sure to salt it.

 The sauce takes minutes to make...

My food processor and I are a team; you can use a blender, but I find this easier.  I decided to add some Parmesan and a little bit of chicken stock to the puree-- these are my two changes to Ree's recipes.

So, now we have a red bell pepper puree' in just a minute or two!

Ree (The Pioneer Woman) uses onion. I chose shallots, because I love them. I think they're sweeter and they don't overpower sauces or salad dressings. Either way, saute' them in a little olive oil, then add a couple cloves of fresh garlic-- careful not to burn them! Shallots are high in sugar and can burn... garlic burns fast and turns bitter!  Now, add the puree.  Can you go wrong with adding heavy cream? No. But, I used a combination of more chicken stock (or vegetable stock, to keep it totally vegetarian) and less heavy cream. Now, taste the sauce. Add more salt, if needed (which it did).


I didn't have Italian parsley. My garden parsley isn't thriving-- yet. I made a butter leaf salad with this, so I grabbed two fresh chives, just to add color.  I also didn't shave any Parmesan cheese on this, which would have been really pretty.  Hey, I'm just getting my cooking mojo back!  Dig in.  Fast. Easy. Fresh. Delicious.


I have temporarily halted any activity on my sister blog "Foodie Fans of the Pioneer Woman Cooks".  My partner, Muneeba, is understandably very busy as a new mom.  I failed to mention that my new job will be a split shift-- 9am - 1pm, then 5pm - 9pm.  I live 50 miles away, round-trip.  I'm still trying to figure out how all this will work with my cooking schedule-- let alone my blogging schedule! I have several recipes that I hope to upload this coming week.  Thanks for hanging in there.  I have not forgotten that I mentioned a giveaway. It's coming, I promise.

VERDICT: The simplicity of this dish is perfect for  a work night dinner.  I would like to have a bit more garlic flavor, so I might considering pureeing a clove of garlic with the red bell peppers. A pinch of red pepper flakes would be good, too.  The leftover sauce can easily be converted into a soup-- just add more chicken stock and maybe a potato to thicken it.  Overall, husband, son and Yours Truly liked it. The printable recipe is at the bottom of this post.   I am also submitting this recipe to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted by Chaya at Comfy Cook, this week.  The roundup will be posted on May 14th, so please come and see who's been cooking pasta at home!




Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful women!  I hope tomorrow is special for you.

Love,





Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, adapted from The Pioneer Woman

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16 comments:

Karen said...

Whoa! You have been on a wild ride! This is one of those recipes just for times like these. Ugh, the split shift sounds tricky... will you come home between shifts? Lots of driving!

Kate said...

You had quite a week. Hard times in education right now. I am sorry that you are being affected.

The ravioli...I am going to try it. There seem to be more and more evenings where there is too much going on to spend a long time in the kitchen. Thank you!!

Stacey Snacks said...

Deb,
They say change is good.
I am so happy for you that you finally own your home! and was relieved when I read that you will be starting a new job.

I only cook when I am happy, which is most of the time. But I know that feeling. When there is angst, there is no food around here.
I wish you all the best!
Happy Mother's Day to a wonderful woman!
xxoo

Joanne said...

Happy mother's day to YOU! I love that you made ravioli to go with the red pepper sauce...good call.

It sounds like things have been rough for you lately, but congrats on the mortgage and the new car! I'm sure you will adapt to the new job...just think of it as a new adventure!

Monica H said...

And I hope tomorrow is a special day for you too.

Again I'm sorry about this roller coaster you've been on. I emailed you back but never heard from you. I was going to email you today to see how you were. Glad you updated.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Debby - hope things settle down for you. The ravioli with roasted red pepper looks like such a lovely respite.

Donna-FFW said...

Debby.. Best of luck with everything. CHange can be good but sometimes so very hard.. I feel for you.

Your dish looks fabulous and it is on my list to try PWs sauce.

Penny said...

What a week! Just hang in there and blog when you can. Happy Mother's Day.

Avril Miller said...

Goodness do I feel for you! - you have quite a FULL week with lots of major changes in your life. I commend you for picking your head up and walking strong after such changes! You can do it!!!! I am a new blog follower of yours but I can tell you are a strong amazing woman - just from your words and the beautiful creations you make and share with all of us in "blog land". Wishing you a VERY special Mother's Day!

Bellini Valli said...

Some life changing moments but there are also up sides to all the events as well. Perhaps you can create amazing meals once a week in the staff room at your new workplace. Just a thought on how to make friends and influence people:D

Kim said...

Debby- You've had quite a week! Sounds like a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, but I'm sure it will all work out for you. Owning your home is fabulous news:D Hopefully the new job will be great as well. I will be thinking of you and wishing you the best.
I hope you had a fantastic Mother's Day!
This ravioli with red pepper sauce looks fantastic.

Carla and Michael said...

Oh goodness so sorry to hear about all the chaos. You know that old saying "everything happens for a reason". Hey, maybe after all is said and done, you'll get a nice promotion in the future. Glad to hear about the house, cause we know how much you love the pool ;D

Love the photos and this is already book marked for me! Sounds fabulous.

Cathy said...

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, Debbie. Your split shift sounds like a challenge. Even though it's quick to make your pasta sauce looks like it is full of flavor. I have some butternut squash ravioli in the freezer that will be perfect here.

Terrianne, Call me Ree said...

Your blog is gorgeous! This looks wonderful. I think your idea about adding more garlic and red pepper flakes is great, too. =)

Chef E said...

I heard they are making a movie about Pioneer Woman? I should not have come lurking when I am so hungry and only enough almond milk for a partial bowl of bran!

This looks good and I think you just made up my mind for dinner!

Also I am sorry to hear about your 'cheese' being moved so much this week, and here I had been sad myself, but nothing a little good cooking and blogging cannot redirect my attitude...

Jenny said...

Sorry I'm late commenting - this looks great, and like such a comfort dish. Great idea on keeping pasta in the freezer for items like this. I need to pick up a few packages and throw them in there myself.