When I buy pre-packaged fresh ravioli from the grocery store I usually end up making either a ravioli bake or some type of tomato sauce, whether it be spicy or sweet. Really there is no real variation. I mean yes it tastes great! I mean who doesn't love a really well made basic tomato sauce but eventually ravioli would become boring for me. I saw broccoli rabe on sale a couple weeks back and decided to use this bitter vegetable in my ravioli dish. To mask that bitter flavour I paired it with a delicious smokey turkey kielbasa sausage. With the cheesy filling in the ravioli the flavours married beautifully! A very simple and rustic dish that can be served to guests! Sprinkle a good amount of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and you've got dinner in a pinch. Love that!

Serves 2-3

  • 1 pkg of fresh cheese ravioli (or use your favourite)
  • 2-3 cups of broccoli rabe, chopped (discard stems)
  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • pinch of chili flakes
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup turkey kielbasa sausage, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (to serve on top)

1. Put on a large pot of boiling water, salt it. Open the package of fresh ravioli and put it aside for now. Take the chopped up broccoli rabe and place it into the boiling water to blanche slightly for a few minutes. This will help the broccoli rabe to be less bitter tasting.

2. Using a fine mesh strainer, take out the cooked broccoli rabe and place it into a bowl. In a few minutes, add in the fresh ravioli into the boiling water, and cook as per package instructions.

3. Preheat a large shallow skillet on medium high heat, drizzle 3-4 table of good quality extra virgin olive oil. Saute the garlic, minced shallot, chili flakes, and kielbasa sausage for about 5 minutes. Let the sausage render some of it's fat, and let it crisp up slightly.

4. Zest and juice the lemon at this point, and stir in the cooked broccoli rabe. Pour in the chicken stock and let the flavours cook together for a minute, then quickly add in the cooked ravioli. Toss all of the ingredients together to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste at this point. Serve immediately with tons of freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.

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