Lightning-Fast Cheesy Three-Pepper Ravioli with Italian Sausage

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A few weeks ago, my whole family came rushing into the house at dinnertime after a wonderfully busy, really fun day together. We were all ravenous. But the mom in this story didn’t have an idea in her head about what to make for dinner (uhhhh … yeah … that would be me …).

But did I panic? No way!

You see, I have a superhero mommy cape, complete with a secret, lifesaving weapon (a ridiculously well-stocked pantry!).

That’s exactly how this lightning-fast dinner was created.

I quickly rummaged in the freezer … Yay – yummy ravioli!

The fridge … Score – sausage and parm!

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Then I grabbed for whatever produce I happened to have … peppers left over from photographing our Rainbow Pepper Salsa, an onion (I’ve always got one of those hanging around), and some lovely little tomatoes that were sitting on my counter.

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Done!

Seriously – in the time it took my family to clear the table of all the homework, half-finished art projects and miscellaneous small toys, I had dinner on the table.

And it was a ginormous hit! Soooooo delicious! As in … I’ve-made-it-at-least-three-more-times-in-the-last-few-weeks-because-we-love-it-that-much … delicious!

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The onions are meltingly sweet, the peppers are seared but still just a little crunchy, and the sausage is perfectly browned. To top it off, there’s the refreshing, juicy acidity of the tomatoes and the salty kick of the parmesan.

It’s crazy-good for something so quick and simple. Ahhhh … that’s the magic of the mommy cape.

You want a superhero mommy cape, too? No problem! You’ve come to the right place. (Oh … and we also specialize in daddy capes, wife capes and best-boyfriend-ever-to-make-this-amazing-dinner capes …)

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Just keep this dinner in your back pocket, even if you’re not sure which night of the week you’ll end up serving it. The ravioli and sausage will wait for you for days or even weeks. And the produce, although fresh, is all stuff that you can find in most grocery stores year-round and that will easily keep for several days or more. Those peppers are gonna be just as yummy on Friday or Saturday as they would have been back on Monday, right!?!? (Ka-pow! Secret-weapon, well-stocked pantry!)

Wanna get dinner on the table even faster? You can chop the peppers, onions and sausage earlier in the day or even the night before and store them in separate containers in the fridge.

Then … Shazam! In about 20 minutes, dinner is done and you’re lookin’ like a superhero!

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Ok, let’s talk about that pantry. Seriously … Gretchen just totally laughs at me every time she opens my fridge or my cupboards – my pantry is that well-stocked! It’s saved my bacon more frantic nights than I can count! So, tell us about your favorite pantry staple. You know – the one that helps you magically create a meal where only moments before there were only empty plates and hungry tummies? Yeah, that one. What is it?!?!?

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Lightning-Fast Cheesy Three-Pepper Ravioli with Italian Sausage
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Yield: About 11 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium red pepper
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • 1 medium yellow pepper
  • 2 small-medium red onions
  • 12 ounces precooked Italian-style chicken sausage (we used Johnsonville 3-cheese sausages with cheese, red bell peppers and garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 24 ounces frozen small round cheese ravioli (we used Rosetto)
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
Preparation
  1. Give your peppers and onions a quick, rough chop so they’re in large, bite-size pieces similar to the size you’d use for shish kabobs. You should have about 3¾ – 4 cups of peppers and about 4 cups of onions. Cut the sausages into ½-inch rounds.
  2. Preheat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and swirl to coat pan. Add peppers, onions and sliced sausage. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring only occasionally, until peppers and onions are tender and the vegetables and sausage have developed some seared spots.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook ravioli as directed on package (about five minutes). Drain.
  4. While the pepper mixture and pasta are cooking, cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise (to equal about 1½ – 2 cups).
  5. Remove pepper mixture from heat. Add tomatoes and stir to combine so they get warmed through but aren’t mushy.
  6. At this point, you can transfer the pepper mixture to a large serving bowl, or simply leave it in the skillet and finish the recipe right in the pan.
  7. Add drained ravioli, parmesan, remaining olive oil, salt, and black pepper, and stir to combine.
  8. Serve immediately.
Notes
We always recommend whole-grain pasta when possible, but the whole-wheat ravioli available in our stores is significantly higher in fat than the ravioli we chose to use here. Also, there is a notable difference in the fat content of various brands of traditional, frozen ravioli. Read the labels carefully. We encourage you to choose higher-fiber, organic or all-natural products whenever it’s feasible.

 

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Lightning-Fast Cheesy Three-Pepper Ravioli with Italian Sausage — 37 Comments

  1. Made this for dinner without the sausage and it was awesome! This was so easy to make which will make this a regular dish in this home.

    • Hi, Marrie! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful comment – we totally appreciate the feedback! We’re thrilled you loved this recipe so much and found it really easy to make! And, we’re so glad you gave it a try with a vegetarian twist that fits your lifestyle. Honored that it found its way into your regular dinner rotation – that means so much to us! :D ~G&S

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    • Ahhh – perfect!! It’s so great when that works out, isn’t it?!? Hope you tried it – and loved it! We both made it for quick dinners on busy nights last week! Definitely a go-to meal at our homes – both families love it! :) ~G&S

  5. Thanks Shelley and Gretchen – another delicious and easy recipe! I made this Sunday for a quick family lunch and everyone enjoyed it. I took your suggestion and prepped the sausage, peppers and onions ahead of time. When the boys arrived back from soccer and my daughter had finished her piano lesson, it was tossed together in no time at all. I was lucky enough to find ravioli stuffed with goat’s cheese and caramelized red onions – delicious!

    • Hey, Melinda! Really thrilled your family liked this, and we truly appreciate you taking a moment to pop by and let us know how it worked for you! And … ok … we are SO TOTALLY JEALOUS! Goat’s cheese and caramelized onion ravioli?!?!? You Brits have ravioli figured out, for sure! We may need you to send us some … :D ~G&S

  6. Had this “cheesy, three pepper, ravioli with Italian sausage” for dinner tonight and it was “lightning fast”. And, perhaps more important, it was delicious!

    • Hi Kelly! Yep – it’s so fast! We’ve got a hectic evening already in the works for tonight … so I’m making this!! I know it will be on the table in no time! And you’re exactly right … there are no excuses for greasy french fries!! Blech!!! :D ~Gretchen

    • Yep – so quick and easy – two really important words when it comes to dinners on uber-busy nights, right?!?! But it’s gotta be delicious, too, or it’s just not worth making. This tastes even more amazing than it looks! ~G&S

    • Hey, Christina! So excited you popped by, especially after your crazy-busy wedding weekend (loved your post with all the wedding pics BTW – awesome bridesmaid’s dress!!!!). Definitely try this – it’s just soooo good! :D ~Shelley

  7. I have to say I was completely in awe after those first three sentences “A few weeks ago… didn’t have an idea in her head about what to make for dinner” I mean, only a few weeks ago? This isn’t something that happens on daily basis? I have an overfull pantry as well that saves me from this every single time! (and it happens every single time *cough*)
    It’s amazing you came up with a hit in a hurry! ;)

    • Lol!! You are so funny!!
      Even though we try our hardest to keep a plan in mind for dinner … those hectic evenings sneak up on us all too often! Or … ya know … life gets in the way! This recipe is great to keep in the back of your mind for those busy, busy, busy evenings just like that! ~G&S

  8. This looks great! And, I’ve been on that sausage kick lately! Hmmm,maybe I’ll have to try! Thanks also for all the comments on my blog. You are so sweet!
    I so agree with you about a well stocked pantry. Sometimes that’s where the creativity comes from!
    Thanks again!

  9. I couldn’t agree with you more about the well stocked kitchen. It’s the key to eating healthy in my opinion! If you have it you will eat it :) My staple is almonds. I’m a notorious snacker and I love to have something to healthy to munch on. Raw or roasted, almonds always do the trick.

    • So true – it’s much easier to eat healthfully if you can grab nutritious pantry staples on even the crazy-busiest nights! And, I’m sooooo with you on almonds! I love the flavor and keep almond extract on hand (ha – the well-stocked pantry strikes again, right!?!?) to sneak into all sorts of desserts and fruit dips – yum! So, this may sound like shameless self-promotion, but seriously – if you love almonds like I do, you’ve gotta try our Tropical Snack Bites with Almonds and Chia. Keep them in the freezer and you’ve got instant Almond-Palooza! Yay! Thanks for stopping by, Sharon! :D ~ Shelley

  10. Can I have a daughter cape, pretty please?? This dish sounds amazing, fresh and super delicious. I cannot get enough of quick dinner meals, these are a must at home since I have to go to school, train and work in the fields now… exhausting, I tell you! But this is the perfect recipe for those hectic nights, thanks for the idea!
    And my favorite pantry ingredient has to be greek yogurt. It works well in both savory and sweet dishes… Although I like to keep fresh veggies and grilled chicken on hand as well. Oh, and cooked frozen quinoa and brown rice… These are so handy! x

    • Hey, Consuelo! Total stroke of luck – would you believe we just got our brand-new shipment of daughter capes yesterday and one is in the FedEx overnight to you right this minute!?!? Your days sound so crazy-busy, though – we’re thinking you might need two! Oh, and Greek yogurt, frozen quinoa and rice … those are definitely awesome secret weapons to keep under your cape. Ka-pow! :D ~G&S

    • So glad you liked it, Sandy! I have to admit – I actually ate leftovers for both breakfast (no, really!) and lunch yesterday (and pilfered a couple of ravioli straight out of the fridge for snacks). Sooooo good! ~Shelley

  11. You have no idea how much my guys love sausage and peppers! I’m about to head out for some food shopping and I’m adding this to the list!! I’m gonna have some happy guys tonight. Thanks :D
    By the way, I too love having a stocked pantry. I often get made fun of for having so much food. My pantry is like a mini grocery store. Lol

    • Oh, Cindy! I’m feeling so vindicated right now! Mini grocery store – lol! Yes, I think that’s how Gretchen views my cupboards (as she laughs mercilessly at me!). She has actually equated my spice drawer to Penzeys (which I take as a huge compliment, so I’ve decided I don’t care if she laughs!). I’m so glad I’m not the only one! Hope your guys loved this as much as we do! ~Shelley

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