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Entertaining does not need to be crazy stressful.

Case in point.

This past weekend, I ended up doing an impromptu lunch on Saturday with friends.  Being me, and the crazy schedule that is often my life, I had somehow also booked plans for breakfast out with my small group from church beforehand and then a late afternoon wedding afterwards.  Which pretty much left me with 30 minutes to prepare a meal for friends.  But hakuna matata!  I had some new Monterey Gourmet Foods™ ravioli pastas in the fridge that I was stoked to try.  So whipped up a batch of their “Creamy Ricotta Florentine”, some “Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Sugar Walnut Sage Butter” (recipe below), paired it with some simple pesto stuffed mushrooms and a salad, and voila — a super delicious meal was literally ready to go in less than 30 minutes!

Definitely my kind of meal.  Classy, quick, and oh-so-delicious.  And the best part was that my friends completely enjoyed it!  They went on and on about the delicious flavors of the ravioli, and the decadent (although secretly super-simple!) sauces that had everyone asking for more.  And they really loved the bright green “Basil, Almonds & Pine Nut Pesto” that was served with the ricotta ravioli and the stuffed mushrooms.  So fresh and vivid!

I also loved the fact that the food my friends were enjoying was all natural.  I have learned that all of Monterey Gourmet Foods‘ pastas and sauces are actually all natural, which is a definite priority in my kitchen.  (And makes me, as the cook, feel better about enjoying the meal as well!)

All in all, definitely a great Saturday with even greater friends.  And a needed reminder for me that some of my favorite meals can be quick and easy, saving time to be enjoyed with the friends I’m privileged to have in my life.

So to celebrate many more great meals to come, we are going to be giving away a $100 Visa giftcard and some rockin’ Monterey Gourmet Foods VIP coupons this week!  Read below for giveaway details, and to also learn how to make these yummy recipes!

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Sugar Walnut Sage Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces butternut squash ravioli, cooked per package preparation
  • 3/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage or ≤ teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1-2 Tbsp. cream

Method:

Prepare pasta as directed.  While pasta cooks, start the sauce. Have all ingredients ready as this comes together quickly.

Using a large wide sauce pan or skillet, toast walnuts on medium heat until just fragrant and beginning to color.  Reduce heat to low, add butter and stir.  Add brown sugar, salt, cayenne and sage.  Stir until butter is completely melted.  Whisk in cream, add cooked ravioli and enjoy.

Ali’s Tip:

This would also be terrific with some grilled chicken, bacon, or chicken sausage mixed in!

Source:

Recipe from Monterey Gourmet Foods.

$100 Visa Giftcard Giveaway

Giveaway Rules:

To be entered for a chance to win, please tell me what you would make using a Monterey Gourmet Foods pasta or sauce product. If you’d also like to share a recipe, feel free to post it on your blog/website and include a link to it in your comment.

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  • This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
  • The Official Rules are available here.
  • This sweepstakes runs from 4/2/2012-5/31/2012.
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Cookin' up a storm. Oh, and we may have also had some Bailey's Chocolate Cookies (recipe on the blog) for dessert!

The deliciousness.

The beautiful Lindsey getting ready to dive in.

And...Yours Truly. Cheers!!!

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  1. amy marantino — April 1, 2012 @ 10:33 pm (#)

    i would make some gnocchi and cheese

  2. Meryl — April 1, 2012 @ 11:29 pm (#)

    Fettuccine and Pesto.

  3. Louis — April 1, 2012 @ 11:32 pm (#)

    Shells with sauteed garlic, mushrooms, and onions with Marinara sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano.

  4. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — April 2, 2012 @ 4:59 am (#)

    I would make my cannelloni. Mmmm! Thank you for the giveaway! http://chocolateandcarrots.com/2011/03/cannelloni

  5. Lynn BB — April 2, 2012 @ 5:00 am (#)

    Ravioli with pesto and cream

  6. Blog is the New Black — April 2, 2012 @ 5:02 am (#)

    I would make ravioili with pesto!

  7. Ladywild — April 2, 2012 @ 5:26 am (#)

    Gnocchi with pine nuts and fresh basil

  8. Katie — April 2, 2012 @ 5:53 am (#)

    I’m a pasta addict. I would make everything! Tortellini with pesto first probably.

  9. Laura Stern — April 2, 2012 @ 6:14 am (#)

    Pesto stuffed mushrooms sound delicious!!

  10. Meister @ The Nervous Cook — April 2, 2012 @ 6:35 am (#)

    I just discovered that I can make a cheater version of lasagna using fresh-but-premade ravioli, so I would make that with the butternut squash! Yum.

  11. Ashley — April 2, 2012 @ 7:51 am (#)

    I would make the butternut squash ravioli with a light vechimel sauce for my 1yr old. He loves butternut squash!

  12. Amy Sargeant — April 2, 2012 @ 8:09 am (#)

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  13. amy — April 2, 2012 @ 8:15 am (#)

    I would make lobster ravioli in a walnut pesto sauce. Yum!

  14. Kristen — April 2, 2012 @ 8:22 am (#)

    I would make the pizza caprese! It sounds so good!

  15. Ellen B — April 2, 2012 @ 8:24 am (#)

    butternut squash

  16. Carrie @CarrieAndJonathan.com — April 2, 2012 @ 8:36 am (#)

    Baked, crispy ravioli. Yum…I’ve been wanting to try it out for a while!

  17. sara — April 2, 2012 @ 8:42 am (#)

    Yum, this looks terrific! I’d use that awesome-looking pesto to make a pesto grilled cheese – one of my favorites, so tasty! :)

  18. Maressa — April 2, 2012 @ 8:59 am (#)

    Yum that basil almond pesto would be excellent on a pizza with some tomatoes and fresh mozzarella!

  19. CT — April 2, 2012 @ 9:03 am (#)

    I’ve had a dish similar to the butternut squash ravioli, but frozen from Trader Joes – butternut squash gnocci with a brown sugar-butter sauce, and it was actually quite good! So I would love to try your version with fresh ravioli instead. Sounds perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!

  20. Mami2jcn — April 2, 2012 @ 9:37 am (#)

    I would make lasagna.

  21. Mami2jcn — April 2, 2012 @ 9:37 am (#)

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  22. Paige Shadden — April 2, 2012 @ 9:39 am (#)

    I would be a creamy soup with chicken, apple, and butternut squash ravioli and fresh herbs! Thanks for doing these giveaways!

  23. Heidi — April 2, 2012 @ 9:39 am (#)

    Those pesto twists sound super easy but still unique, a great substitute for traditional bread sticks to serve with a pasta dish!

  24. Aubreylaine — April 2, 2012 @ 9:43 am (#)

    I’d love to make cannelloni
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  25. Heidi — April 2, 2012 @ 9:47 am (#)
  26. kristin — April 2, 2012 @ 9:49 am (#)

    I would love to use the butternut squash ravioli with my favorite browned butter and balsamic vinegar glaze!

  27. Natalie — April 2, 2012 @ 9:50 am (#)

    Baked Ravioli with pesto dipping sauce…although I don’t think you can go wrong with any pasta :)

  28. courtney b — April 2, 2012 @ 9:54 am (#)

    i would make pesto caprese

  29. Andrea — April 2, 2012 @ 9:54 am (#)

    I would love to try their butternut squash ravioli, as I love everything butternut squash. I’d like to try it with several different sauces, to see which I liked the best.

  30. courtney b — April 2, 2012 @ 9:54 am (#)
  31. jonathan strausberg — April 2, 2012 @ 10:06 am (#)

    pesto over kale and pasta

  32. Stephanie — April 2, 2012 @ 10:12 am (#)

    Fettuccine and Pesto

  33. Stephanie — April 2, 2012 @ 10:13 am (#)
  34. Trezlen — April 2, 2012 @ 10:15 am (#)

    I would make Three Cheese Broccoli Tortelloni with creamy alfredo sauce.

  35. allie young — April 2, 2012 @ 10:48 am (#)

    pesto pasta with grilled chicken!

  36. sue — April 2, 2012 @ 10:52 am (#)

    Would (and have) made a similar version of Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Sugar Walnut Sage Butter~ EXCELLENT!! Served as a Thanksgiving side last year!

  37. Hannah — April 2, 2012 @ 11:00 am (#)

    I would try your Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Sugar Walnut Sage Butter recipe but would add some extra green veggies like asparagus. It looks yummy!

  38. Erin — April 2, 2012 @ 11:05 am (#)

    The smoked mozzarella and artichoke ravioli sounds divine. I’d love to do that with some sort of pesto, or maybe just a little bit of oil and some balsamic vinegar with parmesan cheese.

  39. Kimiko @The Beachside Baker — April 2, 2012 @ 11:08 am (#)

    Yum! Your meal looks so good! I think I would use the pesto sauce to make a pesto-chicken panini (I’m currently obsessed with paninis!).

  40. Lindsey Krause — April 2, 2012 @ 11:10 am (#)

    I would make that Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Sugar Walnut Sage Recipe..Yum!

  41. Liisa Rettedal — April 2, 2012 @ 11:11 am (#)

    I would make some pasta with lots of great cheese for my husband, who is a champ for putting up with my dairy-free cooking! :)

  42. Brooke — April 2, 2012 @ 11:18 am (#)

    I would make some homemade pasta noodles and use the Monterey Basil with almonds and pine nuts pesto. I love pine nuts!

  43. Jessica — April 2, 2012 @ 11:22 am (#)

    Pesto is one of my favorites, and I would love to start with a pesto chicken pizza.

  44. Leanne — April 2, 2012 @ 11:45 am (#)

    At the risk of sounding unoriginal, I would make *exactly* the butternut squash ravioli recipe you made because it looks A-MA-ZING and my mouth is watering just thinking of it! :)

  45. Elena — April 2, 2012 @ 11:50 am (#)

    I would make penne with pesto

  46. Cassie — April 2, 2012 @ 11:54 am (#)

    I love learning about new food products. Great review. I would make my arugula pesto (http://www.bakeyourday.net/arugula-pesto/) and pair it with the chicken and mozzarella ravioli!

  47. Emily — April 2, 2012 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    I would make garlic bread topped with Monterey Gourmet marinara sauce mixed with melted goat cheese. Yummy and quick easy appetizer!

  48. Livivua Chandler — April 2, 2012 @ 12:04 pm (#)

    I would make a nice vegetarian salad!

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