Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ravioli in Vodka Sauce Healthified!!

Aaah what is better than a delicious ravioli in vodka sauce? Answer: One with just as good of a taste but with far less calories! That's right.. you can have your pasta and eat it too with this recipe.
It's bad enough that ravioli on it's own has a lot of calories from carbs and a lot of times fat found in cheese, but you don't need to add a heart clogging Vodka sauce to make it taste good. My husband loves ravioli in vodka sauce, so I found a ravioli filled with lobster instead of cheese and decided to make my own vodka sauce with the following recipe.

Vodka Sauce

  •  1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small shallots, minced  (or one large onion)
  • 1/2 cup white wine * (although the alcohol will be cooked off, I preferred using a lighter alcohol so as not to impart such a strong taste to the sauce)
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup non fat milk


  1. Melt butter in a pan and cook flour  shallots/onions and garlic in it till onions slightly caramelize.
  2. Gradually add little amounts of milk to the flour mixture till it thickens. (You're making a bechamel here.) Do this with the remaining milk, then add the tomato paste, chicken stock, and wine gradually.
    Note: if you find that your sauce is too runny or not thickening anymore, stop adding liquids and/or add a little amount of flour to it until the right consistency is reached.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Toss with your cooked Ravioli and enjoy! Guiltless!

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