Monday, August 29, 2011

Meatless Monday... Ravioli with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Truffle Oil

This vegetarian meal is ready in a snap and is rich full of savory goodness!  It beats Olive Garden any day for a fraction of the cost and calories!  I was given a small sample of truffle oil to experiment with and decided to make a pasta dish with mushrooms.  I was completely satisfied with my meal and didn't miss the meat at all!  The ravioli (filled with ricotta) provides carbs and protein and is the main staple in the meal, but you could substitute regular pasta instead.  To add extra protein and healthy fats, add roasted pine nuts and a dollop of ricotta or cottage cheese!

What's a Truffle?
No I am not talking about chocolate truffles here, I am talking about the gourmet delicacy.  Truffles are an edible fungus that have an earthy, yet pungent taste.  They are used in French cooking with butter, and go well with mushrooms, pasta, and seafood. Because of their high price of about 2,000 dollars per pound, they are used sparingly.  It is much more affordable to buy truffle oil, which allows the truffle to marinate in olive oil to take on the flavors.  

Ravioli with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Truffle oil 
Serves 6

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
1 package of frozen chopped spinach
1/2 cup red pepper, sliced in strips
2 cups of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
2 cups of reduced sodium vegetable stock
2 Tbsp light sour cream
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp black truffle oil
1 pound of ravioli

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add onions and cook for 3-4 minutes, add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.  Add spinach, mushrooms, and truffle oil and cook for 3 minutes. Cook pasta as directed.  Add vegetable stock, sour cream, and parmesan cheese to the vegetables and cook for 5-10 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken.  (You can add 1 tbsp of corn starch to hasten the thickening).  Toss the pasta in and serve with a side salad!

Nutrition Facts: 9 Ravioli with vegetables and sauce
~280 calories, 14 g protein, 36 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 9 g fat, 480 mg sodium

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