I love having a quick weeknight go-to recipe in my back pocket for when I need it. And this creamy ravioli with pesto is definitely one of those. This pesto is a little different from others because there is no basil in it. This is a spinach pesto that's made with blanched baby spinach and pumpkin seeds. Of course if you want some basil, feel free to add some in, but if you don't this spinach pesto will work just great as is.
Here are all of the ingredients you'll need to make this delicious spinach pesto and creamy ravioli. Be sure to check out substitutions for more options and ideas.
Making this spinach pesto is so easy and a really nice change from regular basil pesto.
I prefer to blanch the spinach very quickly to maintain a more vibrant green colour. However, if you want to skip it, you can.
Because I'm using this spinach pesto for the ravioli, it makes sense to blanch it in a large pot of water which will also be used to cook the ravioli and the peas. So, it's really not any extra work.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water. Once boiling, blanch the baby spinach for 15 seconds and then transfer to the ice bath.
Remove and squeeze out water and set the spinach aside. Keep the water in the pot on a low boil (covered) for the pasta.
In a food processor, combine the pumpkin seeds, garlic and lemon juice. Process until most of the seeds and garlic have broken up. Add the spinach, parmesan, olive oil, water and salt. Pulse until combined and mostly smooth. Set aside.
Once you have the spinach pesto done, making the ravioli with pesto is super easy.
For the ravioli, I prefer using a spinach and ricotta type filling, but honestly, anything goes. Use whatever you like.
To make the pesto creamy, you're going to use some crème fraîche which adds the best creamy, decadent flavour. Because crème fraîche doesn't curdle due to it's high fat content, it's ideal to use in things like sauces and soups., Which is why I opted to use it in this ravioli with pesto.
In the same large pot used to blanch the spinach, bring back up to a boil if needed and salt the water. Cook the ravioli and peas according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Heat a nonstick skillet over low heat. Add the ravioli, peas and the pesto and stir to combine. Stir in the crème fraîche and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper.
Divide onto plates and season with flaky salt and pepper if needed. Drizzle with a little more olive oil. Enjoy!
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This creamy ravioli with pesto is vibrantly green thanks to some blanched spinach and comes together in under 30 minutes!