I make friends with food. It’s daft, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t go down well.
As Freshers’ week is about to roll around again (for my third and final time, wah), I thought I’d offer up a quick and easy recipe that students can sit down and bond over with their new/old/returning flatmates.
With this recipe I went for a sophisticated look (I’m a classy third year after all) but there is really nothing to it and it’s as easy as can be to make.
What you’ll need:
1 packet of Giovanni Rana ravioli (we went for their chicken, mozzarella and smoked pancetta flavour and between the two of us, we still had a little left over)
1 carton of chopped tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 an onion
1/2 a red pepper
1 red chilli (medium hotness)
1 handful of cherry tomatoes
1 handful of basil leaves
2 eggs (optional)
a couple of handfuls of spinach leaves
a splash of oil
salt and pepper
This pasta dish is packed full of super healthy veg to keep you ticking over during the first few hectic weeks of term.
The only time consuming exercise here is the vegetable prep, but you can get this all made up and ready to eat in under 25 minutes.
What to do:
1. Prep your veg: dice your onion; finely chop your basil, garlic and chilli; cut your pepper into little chunks; half your cherry tomatoes.
2. On the stove heat a large sauce pan and add a splash of oil.
3. When the pan is hot enough, carefully add your onions and stir frequently.
4. When your onions start to soften up, add the garlic, chilli, and red pepper; fry for a couple more minutes.
5. Next add your cherry tomatoes, basil, and carton of chopped tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, and leave to simmer. (I prefer my pasta sauce to be chunky but you can blitz it with a handheld blender to make it smooth)
6. Meanwhile, crack two eggs into a frying pan and cook until the yolk whitens. Once cooked, remove from frying pan and set aside.
7. Next, in a separate pan of boiling water, add a little bit of salt, and then pour in your Giovanna Rana ravioli. Cook for 2 minutes then drain and plate up.
8. To plate: make a bed of pasta, followed by a handful of spinach leaves, a dollop of pasta sauce, an egg, and the garnish with basil.
You can often find me eating GR’s pasta with just a bit of melted butter, their ravioli is so full of flavour anyway, and it’s great if you’re in a rush.
With this recipe, however, you can take something this straightforward and simple and bring it up to ‘dinner party’ standard with just a few tasty ingredients.
Whether or not you’re making this to eat with friends or cooking it for an effortless meal, Giovanna Rana’s pasta is convenient and great for students who want to eat well without having to put hours of work into the process.
P.s. My favorite flavour is their succulent chicken with rosemary AND, even though they may look more expensive than your Basics range, their tasty pasta is still well within a student budget.
Oh Wonder, Livewire
Perfect dinner accompaniment ❤