The cherries' bursts of sweet juice offset the richness of the pasta.
10 ounce store-bought cheese ravioli
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons lemon juice
About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3 cups pitted and halved Rainier cherries
1/4 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
How to Make It
Cook pasta as package directs. Drain and spread out on a shallow serving platter. Tent with foil to keep warm.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until butter starts to turn medium brown and smells nutty, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully add lemon juice and 1/2 tsp. salt (it will bubble up). Pour all but 2 tbsp. brown butter into a small bowl; keep warm.
Put cherries in pan of brown butter and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until hot and skins start to wrinkle, about 7 minutes.
Pour cherries over reserved pasta along with half of reserved brown butter. Sprinkle with almonds and thyme, and add salt to taste. Serve with remaining butter.
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This is excellent...I would never have thought to combine cherries and pasta, but if fruit works so well with meat, why not? I did use Rainier cherries and think this is a good way to showcase a pricey fruit. I make my own whole-wheat ravioli and borrowed a filling recipe from CL Ravioli with Herbed Ricotta Filling, using blended cottage cheese and a bit of mascarpone in place of the ricotta. It was just as well that I decided to reduce the butter by half, as one doesn't realize until reading the recipe that half is set aside. I served this with a very simple spinach salad but would also pair it with green beans, broccoli or asparagus. I would make this again and certainly serve it to company.