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Here's what you need to make this easy recipe:
Full measurements and directions included in the printable recipe card below.
Step by step instructions:
1. Prep pasta
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. This will cook your store-bought seafood ravioli and the fresh asparagus. Double duty! Once boiling, add a good pinch of salt to the water, along with the ravioli, and reduce heat to medium (you want to keep the water at a simmer, if it boils too rapidly the ravioli may break open...very sad). Cook according to package directions (usually 4-5 minutes total cook time). When 2 minutes remain in your cook time, add the cut pieces of asparagus to the pot of boiling ravioli.
Finish cooking. Drain. Toss lightly in olive oil to keep from sticking.
2. Make brown butter sauce
In the meantime, prepare your hazelnut brown butter sauce. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. (Browning butter is best achieved in a light-colored or stainless steel pan so you can track the browning process. Cast iron makes that difficult.)
Cook the butter until it is is foaming a bit and just starting to brown. (This recipe calls for salted butter. If using unsalted butter, plan to use additional salt to flavor.) Add crushed hazelnuts to the pan and cook for an additional 2 minutes, watching closely so the sauce doesn't burn.
When the hazelnut butter has browned perfectly, add the juice of ½ lemon, and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
3. Combine pasta and sauce
Add the cooked ravioli and asparagus, ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese and the fresh basil to the pan. Carefully toss the ravioli to combine all.
4. Garnish and serve
Plate the ravioli. Drizzle additional brown butter sauce over the pasta. Top with remaining Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.
FAQ's, Variations and Serving Suggestions:
Lobster ravioli is probably the most popular version that is readily available in your local grocers. But I've seen crab and shrimp options, as well. Shrimp ravioli is more common where I live in Portugal, so it's my go-to when I'm looking for a quick but fancy meal. This brown butter sauce will complement any type of seafood ravioli (store bought or homemade ravioli).
Pine nuts, walnuts or macadamia nuts would all be delicious with this ravioli sauce recipe.
I tested the recipe with a variety of fresh herbs. I found the basil and hazelnut combination to be perfect with the seafood ravioli. But tarragon, parsley and chives all brought delicious fresh flavor to balance the richness of the dish. So use whatever herbs you have on hand!
To store, transfer ravioli in brown butter sauce to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, warm in microwave at 50% power for 1-2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to check.