Did you know that Ravioli Day was celebrated this week? I don’t know about you, but I don’t need an excuse for my family to eat pasta, especially from Three Bridges. We recently received several varieties for review purposes, and they’re every bit as tasty as the Three Bridges refrigerated pasta options we’ve previously tried.
Three Bridges features a large selection of different refrigerated pasta choices, including some which are organic or gluten free. They’re also an environmentally conscious company, generating their own solar power for some of their electrical needs and using renewable plant materials for their packaging and ink.
Easy Family Meals
One of the awesome things about Three Bridges products is how amazingly easy and fast they are to put together for the family after a long day at work. They’re tastier and much lower in fat and calories than what you’d find in a fast food drive through, and they’re easier on the wallet, too.
I especially enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli, which was also a hit with the kids. Butternut squash is a member of the gourd family, similar in taste and texture to pumpkins. Besides being high in phytonutrients and antioxidants, butternut squash also offers a sweet, slightly nutty flavor that complements many recipes.
The chicken and prosciutto ravioli also tasted great, with just the right amount of chicken and prosciutto in each ravioli. They were super quick and easy to prepare, making for a go-to family meal.
With almost all refrigerated or frozen pasta I’ve tried, it’s important to pay close attention to the boiling time, some more so than others. We liked the Three Bridges Italian sausage ravioli, but they were easily overcooked, causing the large pasta squares to partially fall apart. It’s important to watch them carefully while preparing and remove them immediately from the water after a short period of time.
You also need to keep an eye on the Parmesan gnocchi while it’s cooking. It probably just needs to be dropped in the boiling water for a minute. Don’t keep it in there until the water boils, or they start to get too soggy. They’ll still taste good, though.
The spinach and kale ravioli didn’t overcook too easily and tasted great, even to kids who swear they don’t like spinach or kale. You might have trouble convincing some kids to eat green pasta, though, since kids instinctively associate the color green with something that’s possibly good for you.
You can find Three Bridges products in the refrigerated section of Target stores and many grocery stores.
Recipe Courtesy of Three Bridges
Now for a recipe courtesy of Three Bridges and featuring my favorite ravioli – butternut squash. I’ve tried other brands of butternut squash ravioli, by the way, and Three Bridges tops them all. They’re scrumptious by themselves, but if you’d like to get a bit more creative, try this recipe. It contains bacon, another of my favorite things.
Butternut Squash Carbonara
PREP TIME: 5 min | COOK TIME: 12 min | READY IN: 17 min | YIELDS: 4 Servings
- 2 (9 oz) packages of Three Bridges Butternut Squash Ravioli
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable stock
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1⁄2 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1⁄2 lb bacon, chopped
- 1 tbsp clove garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp black pepper, fresh ground
- sea salt
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add ravioli and cook according to instructions on package. Drain, cover, and keep warm.
- Beat together the vegetable stock, egg yolks, Parmesan cheese and basil.
- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy, about 5 minutes.
- Add in garlic and black pepper, sauté for 30 seconds, then add in the ravioli and cook for 1 minute.
- Reduce heat to low, add in the egg-cheese mixture and continuously stir in the mixture while heating for 1 minute.
- Remove the pan from the heat and Continuously stir for 1 more minute until the sauce is thickly coating the back of the pasta.
- Season with sea salt to taste.
- Top with extra Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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