Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez
Prep Time
20 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Enhance the flavor of store-bought cheese ravioli by topping with toasted walnuts, lemon juice, parsley, and Parmesan cheese. Pair with a bagged green salad for a super-quick supper.

How to Make It

Cook the ravioli according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the cooking water.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and walnuts. Cook, stirring, until the nuts are lightly toasted and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, the parsley, and the reserved cooking water. Add the ravioli and toss to coat. Divide among individual plates and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

Substitution: For a hit of vegetables and a change of pace, use pumpkin or butternut-squash ravioli instead of cheese-filled. You can also replace the walnuts with pecans or almonds.

Ratings & Reviews

EJJ1988's Review

April 22, 2013
This is terrific!

Saecca's Review

November 15, 2012
When I was done making this, I swear I've ordered the same thing at Carraba's-- it looks impressive and it tastes great-- and comes together in a flash. I put a little more lemon juice in the sauce, but that was the only change. Watch out when you throw in the lemon juice, use a screen to prevent splash up. I served it with a butter lettuce salad with a lemon, white wine, EVOO, S&P, Dijon, and (a pinch) sugar dressing. A nice tang to the savory dish. Will definitely make this again!

AdeleD's Review

March 29, 2011
Quite good and easy. I made just as written except I used refrigerated tortellini instead of ravioli as that is what I had in. Will make this again. Impressive presentation.

RJSMOM's Review

January 31, 2011
This was delicious. I thought it would be a little bland but the lemon juice made it wonderful and so fresh tasting. Good even cold!

ftcollinsco's Review

January 12, 2011
Sounds too simple to be great, doesn't it? But it really is and comes together in a snap.

sma1978's Review

July 10, 2010
Wow! I wasn't expecting to like this because I'm not a huge fan of walnuts and it seemed so simple, but it was DELISH! And easy to throw together. My only complaint is that the serving was fairly small - I ate more than a serving and it was 668 cals! I'll have to make a more substantial side next time so that I don't eat as much ravioli. I served it with a spinach salad with raisins, slivered walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette.

damnedbee's Review

June 16, 2010
Wow! This was fantastic! It was rich and creamy with flavors that blended perfectly together. I never would have guessed such simple ingredients would have exploded with flavor this way. However, next time I'll reduce the amount of olive oil and walnuts to trim the fat content a bit.

jazzradiogirl's Review

June 15, 2010
We thought this was really bland. I wanted something quick and easy but this was just too subtle.

taval2's Review

November 18, 2009
This was very good but i did make a change that was fairly significant... I added a chopped apple to the walnuts as they were toasting (along with some butter). Yummy

Terriann's Review

October 16, 2009
I make a version of this with apples, cut and toasted with the walnuts. Really yummy!