Pan-Seared Ravioli with Peas, Bacon & Mint

Pan-Seared Ravioli with Peas, Bacon & Mint
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  • 4Servings


  • 3 slices hickory-smoked bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 20 ounce package fresh or frozen cheese ravioli
  • 1 1/2 cups (8 oz) frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 ounces arugula (3 packed cups)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp finely shredded parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper


In a large, heavy nonstick skillet, crisp the bacon over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 2 tbsp. of the fat.

In a pot of boiling, salted water, cook the ravioli until just tender, 1 to 2 minutes (see package if using frozen). Drain; reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Heat the reserved bacon fat in the skillet over high heat; add the ravioli and cook, tossing, until golden-brown in spots, 2 to 3 minutes.

In a saucepan, bring the peas, cream and garlic to a simmer over medium heat, stirring. Pour into the pan with the ravioli. Toss in the arugula to wilt. Mix in half of the bacon, half of the mint and 1/4 cup cheese. Add 1 tbsp. reserved pasta water at a time to thin the sauce as desired. Fold in the zest; season.

Sprinkle with the remaining bacon, mint and cheese.