Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli topped with Asparagus and Tomato Sauté with Fresh Crab and Parmesan

We spent the weekend camping in our motor home at the coast. Unfortunately, we endured a massive rain and wind storm that kept us cooped up in the motor home instead of playing on the beach. We made the best of it by playing games, watching movies, and reading. On Sunday, we headed to Garibaldi for the crab races. Sadly, the races ended early and they were packing up to leave. My friend Currié managed to get us an amazing deal on whole cleaned & cooked dungeness crab. Once we got home, I steamed some of the crab a bit to until warm then served it with melted garlic butter and lemon. The crab was so tasty we didn’t need the butter! Fresh crab is hard to beat!

There was plenty of leftover crab meat so I decided to throw together this pasta for dinner. A simple veggie sauté with crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, olive oil, and a bit of butter tossed together with spinach and ricotta ravioli topped with crab meat, Parmesan, Pine Nuts, and basil. It was a delicious dinner that we all devoured. I still have crab leftover so I foresee eggs, asparagus, and crab in my future.

Cook the ravioli in salted water, per instructions. Drain ravioli reserving 3 tablespoons of pasta water.

While the ravioli is cooking, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the asparagus and grape tomatoes along with the crushed red pepper flakes then cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes, until the asparagus is crisp tender and the tomatoes are ready to burst. Add the minced garlic, remaining olive oil, and butter. Toss to mix well then gently add the cooked & drained ravioli to the pan along with a few tablespoons of pasta water; season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Pour into a serving bowl then top with shredded Parmesan, toasted pine nuts, and fresh basil. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli topped with Asparagus and Tomato Sauté with Fresh Crab and Parmesan

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Ingredients:

10 oz Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, cooked in salt water, per instructions
1 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 small bunch of asparagus, wooden ends removed, cut into thirds
1 cup of grape tomatoes
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp butter
Parmesan cheese, shredded, to taste
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Directions:

Cook the ravioli in salted water, per instructions. Drain ravioli reserving 3 tablespoons of pasta water.

While the ravioli is cooking, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the asparagus and grape tomatoes along with the crushed red pepper flakes then cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes, until the asparagus is crisp tender and the tomatoes are ready to burst. Add the minced garlic, remaining olive oil, and butter. Toss to mix well then gently add the cooked & drained ravioli to the pan along with a few tablespoons of pasta water; season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Pour into a serving bowl then top with shredded Parmesan, toasted pine nuts, and fresh basil. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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11 Responses to “Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli topped with Asparagus and Tomato Sauté with Fresh Crab and Parmesan”

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    gloria — March 10, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

    I love this Pam!
    look absolutely delicious!

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    Tracey @ Salty Sweet Life — March 10, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

    This looks delicious and how lucky you are to have so much fresh crab! And this is so timely because I think I saw somewhere that it was National Crab Day! Great recipe!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 11, 2014 @ 5:03 am

    When did I last time have a fresh crab? This looks heavenly!

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    Jenn — March 11, 2014 @ 5:26 am

    Sorry your weekend didn’t turn out as planned, but when you end it with bringing home fresh crab, it can’t be all that bad!! LOVE this pasta idea… so many wonderful ingredients!

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    Larry — March 11, 2014 @ 7:06 am

    I’ve never had dungeness crab but would sure like to try it. Great dish from the leftovers.

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    Lia — March 11, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    Total perfection this meal Pam!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Marjie — March 11, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    Both the crab legs and the pasta look wonderful! It’s too bad your weekend got rained out, but March weather can’t ever be predicted, can it?

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    Chris — March 11, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

    I haven’t had Dungeoness crab in ages and now I’m craving it. I think it is the best crab out there, don’t you?

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    Jovina Coughlin — March 11, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    What a great meal. My favorite kind of ravioli and I like the toppings you added.

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    Kim in MD — March 11, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    Oh…that crab photo makes me wish I weren’t allergic to shellfish! This looks so delicious, Pam! I will have to substitute something for the crab…maybe monkfish?

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    Joanne — March 12, 2014 @ 4:58 am

    At least there was a happy ending to your rainy weekend – this fabulous pasta dish!

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