Show some love this Valentine's Day with this affordable and thoughtful recipe from chef and mom Susannah Locketti.
Momlogic's Susannah: In a bad economy, we need Valentine's Day to put the spotlight back where it should be...on the people in our lives we love the most. But we also don't want it to be a back and wallet breaking experience either! Forget about fancy restaurants and expensive gifts...just make a romantic meal together at home. Here's a goodie that whips up fast and uses affordable everyday ingredients that still look elegant on the plate. I designed this recipe to save you a ton of time to put towards some post cooking romantic adventures...another great ingredient to get us through tough times.
Ravioli with Sausage and Sun Dried Tomatoes
Six sweet or hot sausages, meat removed from the casings
½ cup sliced sun dried tomatoes packed in oil (plus 2 tablespoons of oil from the jar)
4 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs such as sage, parsley or oregano
1 lb. bag frozen or fresh ravioli
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
Grated cheese for garnish
Kosher salt and pepper
Boil salted water for the ravioli. While the water is coming to a boil, add the sausage meat to a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Break up the sausage to form medium sized chunks and continue to turn to be sure it cooks evenly on all sides. When just about done, add the sun dried tomatoes, oil, garlic and herbs. Mix well and reduce the heat to low. When the water comes to a boil, add the ravioli and cook according to package instructions. Drain and add to the pan with the sausage mixture. Season lightly and toss to evenly coat. Feel free to add additional olive oil if you want to serve as is, or plate the ravioli and top with your favorite spaghetti sauce. Garnish with cheese and you have romance ready in 20 minutes ... love that.
Note: You can also add in diced olives or mushrooms if you have them on hand.
|Susannah Locketti is an on-air chef and lifestyles personality discovered by the Food Network. Susannah is a mother of 2 boys, who specializes in low cost approaches to food and home. She is currently working on her first cookbook.|