Valentine's Day dinner: Chicken sausage, ravioli and roasted peppers

Valentine’s Day dinner: Chicken sausage, ravioli and roasted peppers

A few words about Valentine’s day.  1) You only care or keep score on Valentine’s day if you’re single.  2) By February 15th no one cares about your relationship status.  3) Make dinner at home – restaurants will be jammed packed.  If Vday falls on a Monday, like it does this year, you’ll probably be stuck in traffic for an hour as every husband, boyfriend or “partner” is trying desperately to get flowers and race home, only to turn right around, head out the door and get to their reservation on time.  Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll be making dinner at home this year for me and my man.  While my ideal dinner is pretty much roasted vegetables and a little wine, he needs more.  I’m still a single woman as far as my taxes are concerned, so I’ll be working all day too.  This recipe is very “man” friendly, easy on your time, and won’t make you too full to enjoy the second part of the evening.

Dinner for 2 (and lunch for YOU tomorrow!)

1 package artichoke ravioli (or your favorite flavor, but Trader Joe’s has a fab artichoke variety)
3-4 roasted red and/or yellow red peppers, chopped
1/2 of a sweet onion (preferably Walla Walla), cut into thin slices
2 chicken sausages
2 tblspoon Parmesan, grated
2 tblspoon Fontina, diced
2 cups arugula
4 leaves fresh basil, cut into sexy little julienned strips
2 tblspoons olive oil (divided)
freshly cracked pepper

Cut onion into thin slices, slice chicken sausages lengthwise then into smaller bite sized pieces.
Heat 1 tblspoon olive oil in a pan and saute onion until it’s just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.  Add chicken sausage until it’s cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.  Drop the temp to low on your pan.  Add the chopped roasted peppers.  Meanwhile, cook ravioli according to package in salted water (to al dente).  When removing pasta, be really careful not puncture the ravioli.  Using a slotted spoon, add ravioli to pan, along with a tblspoon of the pasta water, it will help to make it a little saucy.  Transfer to a bowl and toss with fresh arugula, fontina, Parmesan, basil and remaining olive oil.  Crack a little fresh pepper and toss to combine.

Light some candles, dim the lights, and pour a glass of wine… the rest is in your hands.