Chicken Ravioli with Homemade Tomato Cream Sauce

When we lived in Arizona, one of our family's gathering places was a restaurant called Carabba's. My absolute favorite dish there was Mezzaluna, which is a half moon ravioli with chicken, ricotta and spinach along with their tomato cream sauce. My SIL, Donna, gave me this recipe for a Homemade Tomato Cream Sauce that pairs wonderfully with store-bought chicken ravioli. Now I can have the taste of the Mezzaluna without having to leave the house (other than having to get ingredients, of course).
Homemade Tomato Cream Sauce
Chicken Ravioli with Homemade Tomato Cream Sauce

1/2 stick butter
3 Tbsp. chopped onion
3 Tbsp. chopped carrot
3 Tbsp. chopped celery
1 can Italian tomatoes (or use regular diced tomatoes with 1 tsp. minced garlic and 1 tsp. Italian seasoning)
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. salt (adjust as needed)
1 tsp. sugar
1/3 - 1/2 cup water
1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy cream or half & half
1 package chicken ravioli

Melt butter in large sauce pan. Saute onion, carrot and celery for a few minutes. Add in tomatoes, salt and sugar. Simmer for about 1 hour adding a little water about halfway through cooking time. Transfer to blender and puree. Return to sauce pan over low heat and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy cream (or half & half). Heat through. Meanwhile, cook ravioli according to package instructions. Pour tomato cream sauce over cooked ravioli and top with Parmesan cheese.
Homemade Tomato Cream Sauce
One of these days, I'll get the nerve to try my hand at making homemade ravioli. Until then, I'll take the shortcut with the pasta and just top it with this delicious tomato cream sauce. It's a great way to fool the tastebuds...kind of like when I make a cake with a mix and then top it with frosting made from scratch. What's your favorite shortcut in the kitchen that delivers almost the same taste as "from scratch"?
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7 comments:

  1. This looks so good….thanks for sharing the recipe! xx

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  2. I love that this sauce has hidden veggies in it :-). My oldest won't eat veggies unless it's hidden. Will be making this one.

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  3. Nici,
    Your Chicken Ravioli with Homemade Tomato Sauce looks fabulous, we would just love this dish. Hope you have a very special weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  4. Oh yum Nici! I can see why that is your favorite, it looks delicious! :)

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  5. This looks absolutely delicious, Nici! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. (You know, I didn't know there was such a thing as chicken ravioli--I'm going to have to look for it!)

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  6. Wow, this looks delicious! I love tomato based sauces, I'm going to try this one, thanks for sharing!

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