Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fresh Ravioli w/ Tomatoes & Raw Almond Pesto

Almost everything in this dish I bought at the farmers' market, and made it that night.  It was so fresh and satisfying.  Considering the fact that summer is winding down, I may be in a mad rush to make this just one more time before the glorious fall arrives!

Ravioli w/ Tomatoes &Raw  Almond Pesto
1 lb ravioli (I used Alfresco's, 1/2 lb Italian cheese, 1/2 lb roasted garlic and spinach)
1 C small tomatoes, halved or quartered (I used some gorgeous tiny orange ones)
Almond Pesto:
3/4 C fresh basil leaves
1/3 C extra virgin olive oil
1/4 C chopped raw almonds*
3 lrg cloves roasted garlic
1 med clove raw garlic
1 Tbsp tarragon vinegar
1 tsp sea salt

   Puree all ingredients for the pesto together.
   Quickly saute tomatoes until the soften just a little bit. 2-3 minutes.
   Cook pasta in boiling salted water about 30 sec shy of being totally done.
   Add pasta and pesto to tomatoes.  Cook about 90 sec.
   Serves 2-4. (2 main dish, 4 sides)

*If you can't find raw almonds, use unsalted roasted almonds.  If you find them in the bulk section or baking aisle, they are usually roasted for less time than the snack nuts and will give you a softer texture.

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