Ravioli with cheesy pesto sauce

Foodies100 have challenges bloggers to create and share an original Italian recipe on their blogs, incorporating Giovanni Rana Italian Indulgence pasta. They sent me a £2.50 voucher to take part.

Giovanni Rana Italian Indulgence pasta

I hadn’t tried Giovanni Rana pasta previously and was spoilt for choice when I saw the range at Sainsburys. I nearly chose the Italian Indulgence Chicken with Rosemary but eventually selected the Simply Italian Chicken & Mozzarella with Smoked Pancetta ravioli.

Usually I serve ravioli with pesto or butter and parmesan, but I decided to give a twist to cheese sauce by adding some pesto. This sauce would compliment any of the Giovanni Rana Simply Italian or Giovanni Rana Italian Indulgence ravioli range.

Ravioli with cheesy pesto sauce

Ravioli with cheesy pesto sauce

Ravioli with cheesy pesto sauce

Ingredients (serves 2 adults and 2 children)

1 250g packet of Giovanni Rana Italian Indulgence or Simply Italian ravioli
50g plain flour
50g margarine
500ml milk
100g cheddar cheese
1 tbsp pesto
Parmesan and pepper


Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, then turn down to simmer.
Melt the margarine in a jug in the microwave.
Stir in the flour.
Gradually stir in the milk.
Return to the microwave and cook on high power.
Stir at 1 minute intervals until the sauce has thickened.
Grate the cheese and stir into the sauce.
Meanwhile add the ravioli to saucepan and cook gently for 3 minutes.
Return sauce to the microwave and cook on high power for 1 more minute.
Stir the pesto into the sauce.
Drain the pasta.
Pour sauce over pasta.
Sprinkle with parmesan and a grind of pepper.
Serve with garlic bread and your choice of vegetables and enjoy.

We had ours with broccoli, green beans and my homemade mini garlic pizza wraps. Son1 said it was the best meal ever and has demanded that I make it again! High praise indeed. With his increasing appetite, I think it won’t be long before we find that we need more than 1 packet for a meal.

cheesy pesto sauce

Disclosure.  This post is an entry to the Giovanni Rana Indulgence Competition and mentions a product I purchased using a voucher I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.


9 thoughts on “Ravioli with cheesy pesto sauce

  1. A S,Edinburgh

    That sounds really delicious! I bet you’re right about how many varities of ravioli the sauce would go with; it looks really versatile.



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