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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


  • 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


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!


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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  • d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
  • 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.
  • Be sure to visit the Monterey Gourmet Foods page on where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win
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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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265 comments on “$100 visa giftcard giveaway”

  1. 2ND ENTRY TWEET!/kytah00/status/194200788082499584

  2. I would be using their Butternut Squash Raviolis and cut them up in 1/4’s. Then add them to a bowl of eggs, Parmesan + Ricotta cheeses,sliced Zucchini, onions,spices, milk + cream. Of course, fresh herbs, but not till I take the semi set pan off the stovetop, and just before putting it in the oven.
    This recipe can use the Creamy Ricotta Florentine Raviolis instead of the Butternut Squash, and you can also add a 1/2 Tb of the Basil with Almonds And Pine nuts to the egg batter.

  3. I have never seen these! I will definitely look next time I am at the store and see what deliciousness my family will enjoy.

  4. I would make a ravioli lasagna!


  5. I would make a roasted vegetable lasagna with the Creamy Ricotta Florentine Ravioli. I try and sneak veggies in where possible.

  6. I would make the Roasted Chicken & Mozzarella Ravioli

  7. I tweeted about this!/The_Sunshyn/status/195038226602401792

  8. I’d make a pesto, 3-cheese broccoli Tortellini.


  10. the roast chicken ravioli sounds yummy

  11. Even though my family loves pasta, I’ve discovered I can sometimes use rice in place of pasta and they love it too. Especially brown and wild rice. Recently I paired alfredo sauce with brown rice and grilled scallops and it was out of this world! I would love to try Monterey Gourmet Foods Alfredo sauce in my recipes.


  13. I”d make the Pear Pesto Pizza recipe from their site…yum!

  14. Your Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Sugar Walnut Sage Butter Recipe sounds delicious! I think I would have to try that for sure!

  15. I would make lasagna.

  16. I would make my kids favorite chicken alfredo with lots of mushrooms using their alfredo sauce as a base.
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  17. tweeted too!/happyenchilada2/status/196864748489420800

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  18. Lasagna, of course!

  19. I’d make veggie primavera.


  20. I think I would like to try the Ravioli

  21. I would try the recipe that you posted. It looks delicious.

  22. Linguine with basil pesto

  23. I would love to try the butternut squash ravioli. One of my favorite restaurants makes a butternut squash ravioli and I would love to try to duplicate it without the mess of making homemade pasta!

  24. I tweeted this here:!/stephanieann3/status/199870153113075715

  25. i’d love to make the Butternut Squash with Orange Sage ravioli!

  26. tweeted!/erunuevo/status/201625146757349376

  27. I’d love to try the rainbow cheese tortellini.

  28. I wold make baked spaghetti.

  29. tweeted:!/KerryBishop/status/202582744755212290

  30. I think I would love the tortellini with their pesto sauce, so that would be the first thing I would make…honestly though, all of the products really look delicious!

  31. I think i would make some type of yummy salad to go with the pasta and add a mild cream sauce to go with it. I don’t really use recipes any more…
    Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  32. I’d use their pesto instead of red sauce on pizza dough and top it with Gruyere, grilled chicken, and carmelized onions.

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  33. I will need to try this recipe soon! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  34. i would make fettuccine using the pasta sauce
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  35. tweet!/ChelleB36/status/204766883679961088
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  36. The Monterey Gourmet Foods Product sounds delicious and your recipes looked so yummy! I would love to make the Roasted Chicken & Mozzarella Ravioli and Basil with Almonds & Pine Nuts Pesto Sauce. Can’t wait to try them!


  37. I tweeted about this giveaway:


  38. I would make stuffed shells

  39. i would love to make the butter nut squash ravioli in an alfredo sauce!

  40. tweeted

  41. I’d like to try the Roasted Chicken & Mozzarella Ravioli with an alfredo sauce.

  42. I would make some lasagna.

  43. I’d use the Roasted Garlic Chicken Ravioli with a light tomato based sauce and some shaved romano.

  44. The Butternut Squash Ravioli with caramelized onions,brown sugar butter sauce and and asparagus

  45. This is a tough one, I would probably fish with the pesto sauce on it. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  46. tweeted

  47. I would make Fettuccine Alfredo w/their Creamy Alfredo sauce.

  48. I’d like to try the pesto sauce on a pizza.

  49. tweet

  50. I’d use the cheese with my pasta veggie dish.
    My recipe my own creation.
    Pasta with my fave veggies – tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms and whatever you like!
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com