I still haven't taken the plunge and tried making my own pasta from scratch yet. It's on my to-do list but I'm a bit intimidated, especially because I don't have a pasta roller. So, for now, I occasionally indulge in one of my favorite guilty pleasures - store bought tortellini and ravioli. They have so many wonderful varieties available but my favorite is probably just a basic cheese filling. Recently, I watched an episode of Everyday Italian on which Giada made a balsamic brown butter for store bought ravioli and I knew I'd try it and boy am I glad I did! The combination of the butter and the balsamic vinegar is amazing! I skipped the walnuts this time, and I think the sauce is perfect without them, but I might give them a shot when I make this again. This would make a perfect weeknight meal as the tortellini (or ravioli) cooks in just a few minutes and while it's cooking you can throw the sauce together in no time.
Tortellini with Balsamic Brown Butter
from Giada De Laurentiis (via FoodNetwork.com)
18 to 20 ounces store-bought tortellini (or ravioli)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the tortellini and cook according to the instructions on the package (until tender but still firm to the bit), stirring occasionally. Drain the tortellini.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the foam subsides, and the butter begins to turn a golden brown, about 3 minutes, turn off the heat. Let cool for about 1 minute. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Transfer the ravioli to the saucepan with the balsamic brown butter. Sprinkle walnuts and Parmesan over the top before serving.