Sometimes the cooking segments on The Today Show are a great source of information. The other day I was watching (while on the treadmill, of course, lest you think I lounge on the sofa in front of the television at 10 am) and Giada was discussing her three favorite pasta sauces. She demonstrated how simple it is to pull together Thyme Butter Sauce, Spicy Pesto Sauce or Vodka Sauce in a jiffy. According to her, these three sauces can flavor just about any pasta dish you can think of and are completely kid-friendly. I wanted to test this theory out for myself. First, I tried the Butter Thyme sauce with some of our favorite pumpkin ravioli. As just about anything that calls for copious amounts of butter, it was delicious. Plus, it was easy to make. Over the course of the week I continued my little pasta sauce experiment.
The Vodka sauce took about five minutes longer than her demonstration, but the Spicy Pesto sauce was a snap. I think I’ll even make it this winter using the frozen pesto stockpiled in the deep freeze, adding the spicy peppers on the stovetop. Upon the completing my tests I decided to keep all three recipes in my binder for future reference. The Vodka sauce and Spicy Pesto sauce can even be made in advanced, which for me means pulling them together while my daughter is napping or at school. Add these three pasta sauces to your repertoire and I guarantee you’ll be thrilled.
Giada’s Thyme Butter Sauce with Pumpkin Ravioli
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
Pinch of Kosher salt
12 ounces fresh pumpkin ravioli
1. In a skillet over medium heat melt the butter and thyme together. Add a pinch of salt and allow to simmer for 2 minutes, turning off the heat before the butter begins to brown.
2. Cook the ravioli according to package directions and drain well. Toss the hot pasta with the butter sauce and serve immediately.