A Simple “Quick & Easy” Weekday Meal
The kids wanted their ravioli without sauce, just a little butter. My wife took some frozen peas to serve with this ravioli and carrot fennel sauce making it a better dish. Kind of creating a meal on the fly. This was a two-ingredient “short cut” meal.
First, the ravioli are a commercial four-cheese brand that I purchase in the frozen section at Costco. My kids love this brand and they really are pretty good. As good as homemade? Of course not, but making homemade pasta is time consuming and not always possible when you are rushing to put a meal together in the middle of the week.
Sure and I will now that I tried this one from a supermarket and enjoyed but at dinner time when I had to think of something to prepare, this combination sounded good and turned out to be an excellent choice.
The fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil salad was quick and easy and the peas were frozen and just needed to be heated up. The whole meal took less than ½ hour and all parties enjoyed what they were served. A success in my book. So in the future you will be seeing me post a lot of “short cut” meals on this site. There will even be a category for them.
I think they are an indispensable part of your cooking repertoire if you are going to cook every night and survive. I also believe in “quickie meals”, take out meals and going out for dinner once in a while to break up the week.
By the way, a “quickie meal” is different from a “shortcut meal” insofar as it is one step and you don’t prepare the rest of the meal around it. For example, throwing a frozen pizza in the oven is a quickie meal. Mac and Cheese is another example. Heating up some commercial chicken wings another. These are usually meals that we make for the kids when a baby sitter is coming over or they won’t eat something I prepared for my wife and myself.
The trick is to have a well-stocked pantry and freezer with products that are quick and easy to prepare, good quality, taste good and affordable. Over time I will show you some of my favorites and ones that have saved me numerous times when I needed to get a meal together in a hurry.
If you have a favorite shortcut meals or products you love, please post it in the comments section. I’m always looking for more ideas.
Ravioli with Carrot Fennel Sauce
- 1 package cheese ravioli homemade better, but store bought when in a hurry
- 2 cups carrot fennel soup again home made is better but store bought if in a hurry
- Bring a pot of water to boil and cook the ravioli as per package instructions. While the ravioli are cooking, heat up the carrot fennel soup in a separate pan. If you want the soup (sauce) to be thicker, reduce it in the pan to desired thickness.
- Drain the ravioli when cooked and serve in warmed bowls with the sauce.
- Serve with a side dish.