yumminess from the back of the bag

yumminess from the back of the bag

Okay…I know yumminess isn’t a word but it should be!

Springtime is such a busy few months.

It is always something…sports, recitals, prom, graduation…just life.

I remember years of watching  softball games and I felt like my life consisted of blankets, portable chairs

and a cooler of all the essentials.

Many times it included some type of cold dinner as well.

Well, softball is a somewhat distant memory but the need to have a quick meal

never goes away.

This time of year also finds me with a bit of a brain freeze on what to fix for dinner.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the grocery store with list and coupons in hand, knowing

what my dinner menus were for at least a week.

I happened to grab a bag of our favorite frozen ravioli that was not on my list.


Because we all need a very quick meal when life gets crazy.

Well, life did get crazy and that big bag of ravioli came in handy.

BUT…I didn’t have time to make a sauce and I didn’t have any ready-made ones in the pantry.

What did I do?

I looked at the back of the bag.

This what I found.

It sounded so weird and as they say on Top Chef,

“I wasn’t sure if this was the flavor profile that we were used to eating.”


But I had all the ingredients on hand, why not give it a try?


1 – 22 oz. bag Celentano® Round Beef Ravioli
or 1- 24 oz. bag Celentano Round Cheese Ravioli
1 – 16 oz. jar chunky-style salsa
1 – 14.5 oz. can black beans, drained
½  cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1½ tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Boil, rinse and drain ravioli according to package directions.
Heat salsa and black beans in medium saucepan.  Gently
fold in pasta.  (Top each serving with cheese and cilantro. )
Makes 4 servings.

I threw it together in no time.

I didn’t use the can of black beans as we use salsa made with black beans and corn.

I heated the salsa in the microwave so it didn’t boil.

Nor did I use cilantro as it is not Carl’s favorite herb.

I had enough time to take a couple of bites and jump in the car for my class.

I came home later that evening hoping that there would be leftovers.

There were none.

Just a family giving me a thumbs up and suggestions that I buy

two bags of ravioli next shopping trip.


Got any quick and easy recipes to share?


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