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I had a bunch of ingredients in my refrigerator that need some using up. A few slices of pancetta, some last leaves of Swiss chard and half an onion were all calling out to me to be put to use. One of my favorite go-to things when I'm not sure what to make for dinner is pasta. Pasta recipes are always a medley of meats, cheese, vegetables and the occasional fresh herbs.

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Tonight, I came up with this recipe and since I'm always a fan of vodka sauce over plain tomato sauce, I made my own semi-version by combining these red and white sauces. The recipe was fast and easy and I invite you to mix it up and try your own combinations. This recipe however is incredibly good. My husband and I both enjoyed it and the savory flavors were so well-melded but nothing overpowered anything else. Here's my ravioli with Swiss chard:

Ravioli with Sausage, Swiss Chard & Parsley ©MyNewlywedCookingAdventures 2013

Ravioli with Sausage, Swiss Chard & Parsley

Recipe By: My Newlywed Cooking Adventures, 2013

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 yellow onion or 1 shallot, diced
  • 4 slices pancetta or prosciutto, diced
  • ravioli
  • 1 sausage link of choice
  • handful Swiss chard, rinsed, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 Tbsp. capers, rinsed
  • 3 fresh parsley sprigs, leaves removed
  • Optional: Parmesan cheese, shredded
1. Heat water to a boil in a large saucepan. In a small saucepan add the tomato and Alfredo sauces together and warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Do not let boil.

2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta or prosciutto and let them get crispy. Stir frequently and cook about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium if needed. Add the shallot/onion and cook an additional 3 minutes.

3. Add ravioli to the boiling water and cook according to package directions. Add the sausage, Swiss chard and capers to the pan. Saute for 5 more minutes. 

4. Drain the pasta, plate. Top with the sauce divided between the plates. Add the meat and vegetables on top. Sprinkle with the parsley leaves and Parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!


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