October 25, 2011

Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Dipping Sauce

All I can say about this recipe is WOW. I always try to plug in a couple of vegetarian meal choices onto our weekly menu plan, and technically this recipe is considered "vegetarian". Okay, so it's a little on the decadent side. I mean really, how could fried pillows of pasta and cheese not be considered decadent??? The answer is that it can't. So, if your looking for this to be on the healthy side of the vegetarian spectrum, look elsewhere. It's not healthy, trust me. However, it was certainly a delicious meat-free meal!

Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Dipping Sauce
From: the Tasty Kitchen website, by: by skylersgirl

1 bag (about 13 Oz. Bag) Cheese Ravioli (fresh Or Frozen)
1 1/2 cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
1/2 cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Buttermilk
Oil, For Frying (I used canola oil)
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce

Cook ravioli until al dente (follow directions on the package). Cool.
2. Heat oil to approximately 350 degrees.
3. Dredge ravioli in buttermilk and then bread crumbs mixed with half of the Parmesan cheese.
4. Gently place into hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
5. Once ravioli are browned, sprinkle with remaining grated Parmesan cheese.

For the sauce:
Place your favorite jar of marinara sauce in a small sauce pan, over medium-high heat. Reduce sauce down by half, so flavors concentrate and sauce becomes thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Serve with ravioli for dipping.

The Result:
Okay, I know the sauce instructions seem fairly obvious. However, the reduced marinara is sooooo yummy with the ravioli, I didn't want to leave it out. This recipe is fantastic! Try it and I'm sure you will agree!!!

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