June 12, 2014 at 1:00 am

Vegetarian ravioli makes for a light pasta dinner

Gorgeous zucchini ribbons are a highlight in this dish. (Peter Ardito / EatingWell)

For this light, vegetarian ravioli recipe, we combine gorgeous long ribbons of zucchini with spinach-and-cheese-stuffed ravioli and a light cream sauce for a satisfying vegetarian pasta dinner.

Spinach Ravioli with Zucchini Ribbons

2 medium zucchini, very thinly sliced lengthwise (see tip)
1 pound fresh or frozen spinach-and-cheese ravioli
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup half-and-half
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter
1 large shallot, minced
¼ cup dry white wine
¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Put a pot of water on to boil. Place sliced zucchini in a large colander and set it in the sink. Cook ravioli according to package directions. Pour the ravioli and cooking liquid over the zucchini in the colander.

Meanwhile, mash garlic and salt together in a small bowl with a fork to form a coarse paste. Combine half-and-half and flour in another small bowl and place near the stove.

Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and the garlic paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring, until almost completely evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes more. Add the flour mixture and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 30 seconds. Gently stir in the ravioli and zucchini, basil and pepper. Divide among 4 plates. Top each portion with 1 tablespoon Parmesan. Serves 4.

Recipe tip: To make “ribbon-thin” zucchini, slice lengthwise with a vegetable peeler or a mandoline slicer.

Per serving: 351 calories; 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat; 28 percent calories from fat); 48 g carbohydrates; 53 mg cholesterol; 541 mg sodium; 14 g protein; 2 g fiber.