Ravioli with Split Pea Sauce
Notes: Hema Kundargi of Cupertino, California, uses traditional flavors from her native India in this creative sauce.
Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 714
- Calories from fat: 20%
- Protein: 46g
- Fat: 16g
- Saturated fat: 7.5g
- Carbohydrate: 97g
- Fiber: 8.9g
- Sodium: 625mg
- Cholesterol: 110mg
- 1 quart fat-skimmed chicken broth
- 1 1/3 cups dried yellow split peas
- 2 packages (9 oz. each) cheese-filled ravioli or tortellini
- 3 dried hot chilies (2 in. long)
- 1/2 teaspoon olive or salad oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin seed
- 1 quart baby spinach leaves (about 1/4 lb.), rinsed
- 1/2 cup red cherry tomatoes (about 1 in.), rinsed and halved
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- Salt and fresh-ground pepper
- 1. In a 3- to 4-quart pan over high heat, bring broth and split peas to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer until peas fall apart, about 50 minutes.
- 2. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring 2 quarts water to a boil; add ravioli. Stir occasionally until pasta is tender to bite, 4 to 6 minutes; drain.
- 3. Meanwhile, transfer split pea mixture to a blender or food processor; whirl until smooth.
- 4. Remove and discard stems from chilies; shake out and discard seeds. Wipe the 3- to 4-quart pan dry. Add chilies, oil, garlic, and cumin; stir over medium-high heat until garlic is lightly browned, about 1 minute.
- 5. Pour split pea purée into pan with chili mixture. Add spinach, tomatoes, and turmeric; stir just until steaming.
- 6. Add drained ravioli to sauce and mix gently. Spoon equally into wide bowls. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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