This beautiful dish of Ravioli Primavera pairs green peas and asparagus with ricotta ravioli for a fresh taste of spring! It cooks in minutes and is a perfect quick meal.
Primavera and Ricotta
Primavera (when related to pasta) means a pasta dish made with sauteed spring vegetables. This recipe uses fresh premade ravioli with sweet ricotta cheese. You can find it in the refrigerated section of grocery stores. There are many brands that make ravioli with ricotta, but I especially like Trader Joe’s Cacio e Pepe, pronounced–kaa cho eh peh pay–and means cheese and pepper. The ravioli shells are made with black pepper and have a ricotta filling. Although it is delicious in this dish, many ravioli brands would be just as tasty!
Can I Substitute Bacon for Prosciutto?
Yes, feel free to substitute bacon if you prefer it instead of prosciutto. Cook 4 or 5 slices of bacon and then chop it to sprinkle it on the finished dish.
Do You Cook the Prosciutto?
Yes, cook it until crispy to garnish the finished dish. Be sure to carefully separate the thin slices to keep them from breaking apart. Then remove any plastic sheets separating them, and place them on parchment paper or a silicone mat on the baking sheet. Keep an eye on them because they can quickly burn since they are thinly sliced! Once crisp, roughly or finely chop them (your choice) and sprinkle them over the finished dish.
Note: Proscuitto can be eaten without cooking because it has been prepared by a curing process and is safe to eat.
How to Make Vegetarian Ravioli Primavera
If you want to make this a vegetarian dish, simply omit the Proscuitto. The dish will be just as delicious!
Prepare the Pasta and Vegetables
Let the ravioli simmer in lightly-salted water per the directions on the packaging. Add the green peas when there is one minute of cooking left. I have had the best results using frozen green peas for this recipe, but you can also use fresh peas. I don’t recommend canned green peas for this dish because they usually lack the sweet taste of fresh and frozen peas.
Cut the Vegetables for Ravioli Primavera
Cut the fresh asparagus on the bias in thin slivers. Bias cutting is simply a diagonal cut. First, remove the lower hard stalk about 2-3 inches from the bottom. Then try cutting 3 or 4 steams at a time to make quick work of cutting.
Slice the shallot into thin rings with a horizontal cut. Thin slicing helps the vegetables cook quickly.
Saute the Vegetables for Ravioli Primavera
Cook the vegetables in a non-stick or seasoned pan to use less cooking oil. Add the minced garlic when the asparagus and shallots are wilted and soft. Hand chop the garlic, use an electric chopper, or use prepared minced garlic from a jar.
Garnish Ravioli Primavera with Parmesan Cheese
Sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese over the finished dish if desired. Enjoy!
Other Dishes You Might Like
Here are other dishes with either peas or pasta that you might like. Click on each name to link to the recipe.
- Peas and Pasta
- Dill Peas and Potatoes
- Hatch Chile Macaroni and Cheese
- Chicken Piccata
- Baked Chicken and Herbs