~ This delicious ravioli skillet dinner is on the table in about 20 minutes! It’s one of my family’s all-time favorite meals for busy weeknights. Healthy, fast and bursting with flavorful peppers, sausage and cheesy ravioli! ~
This Recipe Is: • Ready in 30 Minutes or Less •
A few weeks ago, my whole family came rushing into the house at dinnertime after a wonderfully busy, really fun day together. We were all ravenous. But the mom in this story didn’t have an idea in her head about what to make for dinner (uhhhh … yeah … that would be me …).
But did I panic? No way!
You see, I have a superhero mommy cape, complete with a secret, lifesaving weapon (a ridiculously well-stocked pantry!).
That’s exactly how this lightning-fast dinner was created.
I quickly rummaged in the freezer … Yay – yummy ravioli!
The fridge … Score – sausage and parm!
Then I grabbed for whatever produce I happened to have … peppers left over from photographing our Rainbow Pepper Salsa, an onion (I’ve always got one of those hanging around), and some lovely little tomatoes that were sitting on my counter.
Seriously – in the time it took my family to clear the table of all the homework, half-finished art projects and miscellaneous small toys, I had dinner on the table.
And it was a ginormous hit! Soooooo delicious! As in … I’ve-made-it-at-least-three-more-times-in-the-last-few-weeks-because-we-love-it-that-much … delicious!
The onions are meltingly sweet, the peppers are seared but still just a little crunchy, and the sausage is perfectly browned. To top it off, there’s the refreshing, juicy acidity of the tomatoes and the salty kick of the parmesan.
It’s crazy-good for something so quick and simple. Ahhhh … that’s the magic of the mommy cape.
You want a superhero mommy cape, too? No problem! You’ve come to the right place. (Oh … and we also specialize in daddy capes, wife capes and best-boyfriend-ever-to-make-this-amazing-dinner capes …)
Just keep this dinner in your back pocket, even if you’re not sure which night of the week you’ll end up serving it. The ravioli and sausage will wait for you for days or even weeks. And the produce, although fresh, is all stuff that you can find in most grocery stores year-round and that will easily keep for several days or more. Those peppers are gonna be just as yummy on Friday or Saturday as they would have been back on Monday, right!?!? (Ka-pow! Secret-weapon, well-stocked pantry!)
Wanna get dinner on the table even faster? You can chop the peppers, onions and sausage earlier in the day or even the night before and store them in separate containers in the fridge.
Then … Shazam! In about 20 minutes, dinner is done and you’re lookin’ like a superhero!
Lightning-Fast Cheesy Three-Pepper Ravioli with Italian Sausage
A delicious skillet dinner that's on the table in about 20 minutes. Healthy, fast and bursting with flavorful peppers, sausage and cheesy ravioli!
• Ready in 30 Minutes or Less •
- 1 medium red pepper
- 1 medium green pepper
- 1 medium yellow pepper
- 2 small-medium red onions
- 12 ounces precooked Italian-style chicken sausage (we use Johnsonville 3-cheese sausages with cheese, red bell peppers and garlic)
- 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 24 ounces frozen small round cheese ravioli (we use Rosetto)
- 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Give your peppers and onions a quick, rough chop so they're in large, bite-size pieces similar to the size you'd use for shish kabobs. You should have about 3 3/4 - 4 cups of peppers and about 4 cups of onions. Cut the sausages into 1/2-inch rounds.
- Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and swirl to coat pan. Add peppers, onions, and sliced sausage. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring only occasionally, until peppers and onions are tender and the vegetables and sausage have developed some seared spots.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook ravioli as directed on package (about 5 minutes). Drain.
- While the pepper mixture and pasta are cooking, cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise (to equal about 1 1/2 - 2 cups).
- Remove pepper mixture from heat. Add tomatoes and stir to combine so they get warmed through but aren't mushy.
- At this point, you can transfer the pepper mixture to a large serving bowl, or simply leave it in the skillet and finish the recipe right in the pan.
- Add drained ravioli, parmesan, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and black pepper, and stir to combine.
- Serve immediately.
Ravioli: We always recommend whole-grain pasta when possible, but the whole-wheat ravioli available in our stores is significantly higher in fat than the ravioli we chose to use here. Also, there is a notable difference in the fat content of various brands of traditional, frozen ravioli. Read the labels carefully. We encourage you to choose higher-fiber, organic or all-natural products whenever it's feasible.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 11 servings Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 740mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 15g
Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only, and may vary depending on your choice of ingredients or preparation. No guarantees are made regarding allergies or dietary needs. Always consult a physician or dietician for specific advice and questions.
52 thoughts on “Lightning-Fast Cheesy Three-Pepper Ravioli with Italian Sausage”
Delicious! I mad this for my family tonight and everyone including my vegetarian daughter loved it. I used a separation small skillet for my daughter and cooked her’s with out the sausage. I added some minced garlic, my family loves garlic. So easy but with so much flavor this will be in our region rotation!
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review, Amy – I truly do appreciate it! This is still one of my go-to meals, even amongst all the other things I’m always cooking. It’s just always a family favorite that gets requested often, and as the cook, I love knowing that dinner will be a breeze to make! 😉 Great ideas to adapt it for your family – I’m always so interested to hear how my readers make my recipes truly their own. Thanks again – and have a terrific week! ~Shelley
I love how easily and quickly this recipe comes together, while still using fresh foods!
Yep – it’s super quick and easy! I’m always so relieved when I know this is what I’ve got planned for dinner, because it’s such a low-stress, simple recipe. Still, it delivers AWESOME flavor … and all those fresh veggies, too! It’s truly one of my family’s top, favorite dinners – I still make it all the time. We just love it, and I’m so glad to hear that you did, too – thanks for the lovely feedback! ~Shelley
Love the colors here! This dish looks comforting and refreshing – it seems like a great way to get your veggies in as well. Definitely trying this!
Awwww thanks, Nart! I’m honored you’re giving this ravioli recipe a try! You’re totally right – it’s so very savory and comforting … yet also fresh with sooooo many nutritious and vibrant veggies. It’s honestly one of my family’s most favorite dinner recipes, to this day! It’s on regular rotation at my house – I hope it will be at yours, too! 😀 ~Shelley
Oh my! Love love quick dinners like this one. Easy to make and so flavorful!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it and found it easy to make, Julia! This skillet meal is one of my family’s most-requested dinner recipes, and I’m so happy other people like it as much as we do! ~Shelley