15 minute meals: lemon ricotta ravioli with wilted greens

15 minute meals: lemon ricotta ravioli with wilted greens | theclevercarrot.com

I’m in big trouble.

Over the weekend, I hid up in the mountains 310 miles north of our house with the boys. My husband has taken a sledge hammer to our living room. We’re stuck in the 1950’s. With stucco. The perils of demolition expels a dust storm like no other and the obvious was to flee the wreckage. Luckily, my family was headed to Lake Placid for the weekend so we tagged along with them.

But displacement was the least of my problems.

At breakfast one morning in this beautiful- I have no business being here with 2 small children restaurant- my little Jake had something to tell us:

Mommy, you’re a pen@!s butt!   


OMG. Did he just call me a pen@!s butt… in a public place?

I shrank.

And it got worse. The torture dragged on in full volume everywhere we went.

Good morning Mommy pen@!s! Can I have some breakfast, pen@!s? You’re a pen@!s baby!

Not funny.

The disciplinary action has been challenging thus far and ongoing. So, I’ll pause from the potty words and my apparent mom failure to tell you about this new recipe-

15 minute meals: lemon ricotta ravioli with wilted greens | theclevercarrot.com15 minute meals: lemon ricotta ravioli with wilted greens | theclevercarrot.com

It’s designed for busy people with no time to cook and for the uninspired who want good food fast.

Ravioli cook in a matter of minutes. The longest part is waiting for the water to boil. Mine are stuffed with Sicilian lemon zest and ricotta- doesn’t everything sound better with ricotta?

I think so (the fancy pants lemon zest sounds good too).

To that, I wilt handfuls of baby greens with sliced garlic. You can use any tender greens like baby spinach or kale.

15 minute meals: lemon ricotta ravioli with wilted greens | theclevercarrot.com It’s a true 15 minute meal. 

15 minute meals: lemon ricotta ravioli with wilted greens | theclevercarrot.com

Now, if anyone has any advice on how to deal with a 3 year old and his phallic vocabulary, I’m all ears.

(he even called the concierge a pen@!s butt, ok?)


  • You can find these specific ravioli at Trader Joe’s- they’re called Girasoli Ricotta + Lemon Zest. Girasole is sunflower in Italian. They do look like little sunflowers, don’t they? 

15 minute meals: lemon ricotta ravioli with wilted greens | theclevercarrot.com

15 minute meals: </br> lemon ricotta ravioli with wilted greens
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Serves: 2-4
  • 1 package of fresh lemon ricotta ravioli*
  • 4 large handfuls of baby greens, spinach or kale
  • 1 fat garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 tsp. olive oil + more for drizzling
  • salt + pepper
  • parmesan cheese
* I used Trader Joe's Girasoli Ricotta + Lemon Zest
* Recipe serves 2-3 hungry people or 4 people for a light bite.
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the ravioli according to the package instructions. To drain the pasta, use a slotted spoon or scoop them out with a small strainer and transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with oil oil to prevent sticking.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over moderate heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the greens by the handful, and toss gently with tongs as they wilt. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. To serve, potion the ravioli and greens onto plates and drizzle with extra olive oil.
  5. Garnish with parmesan cheese to taste.


    • Emilie says

      Thank you SO much! You will never believe how incredibly easy this is. The lemon ricotta ravioli is new to me and one of the best surprises I’ve found yet. It was so delicious. Then again, I love everything ricotta. And my son? He’s crazy! ;)

  1. Stephanie says

    This is exactly the kind of recipe I need during the busy work week! Now that it is getting colder and darker earlier, I’ve been so unmotivated when I arrive home from work. A 15 minute meal sounds ideal! And these ravioli look delicious, I can’t wait to try :)

    • Emilie says

      Welcome Stephanie! We could all use a little more time (I assume) and that’s why I make recipes like this! There’s minimal effort and thought involved, plus my brain can’t even function past 5pm. You get a little pasta, lots of greens and the clean up isn’t half bad either. I hope you enjoy the recipe and a stress free evening. Happy cooking!

    • Emilie says

      OK? I died. This is my life. Everyday. Asking people to babysit my kids is like asking them to hold hot coals. We’re working on changing his new vocabulary word(s) but it’s not smoothing over as quickly as I would like! Oh well. Enjoy the recipe Katrina!

    • Emilie says

      You will love them Laura! I think they’re my favorite TJ’s ravioli yet, and I’m not just saying that. If you try them, let me know your thoughts ;)

    • Emilie says

      I hope you like them Celia! They are very good and make for a super quick meal. As for parenthood, people tell me all the time that dealing with kids will get better with time. Until recently, I met a woman (4 boys) who candidly told me that it doesn’t get better… it becomes ‘different’. That’s a mom of boys for you. At least she tells it like it is!

    • Emilie says

      I think I need more Patti Pep Talks… it’s getting worse! The Halloween candy didn’t help either :( Do you have a hotline yet? xx

  2. says

    Haha, that is hilarious! Kid do say the darndest things, your facial reaction must have been priceless. I want to try and make my own pasta one day, need to check that off my list of things to do.This is such a gorgeous pasta recipe, wilted greens with lemon sounds wonderful.

    • Emilie says

      They really do… I love how literal they can be, but man, when you’re in the wrong setting with all of the wrong words it’s utter embarrassment! We’ll get there. Definitely have a go at making your own pasta. I have a sneaky suspicion that you’d be wonderful at it. You can even freeze the dough in advance. Thanks for stopping by, Nik! :)

    • Emilie says

      Welcome Kristie! Thank you very much :) If you’re looking for something quick and easy, this is your next meal! You can sub any ravioli of your choice, tortellini even, but the lemon and ricotta combo is delicious. The greens wilt in a matter of seconds. Enjoy!

  3. Nicole says

    My 5year old end most sentences with poop. Drives me crazy!!! He even makes up songs or replaces words in songs with poop.

    • Emilie says

      Ah yes… strength in numbers. Why on earth do they do that?! And the more you pay attention to it, the more they say it, right? I love that he’s so musical about it. Must make you so proud lol… Thanks for sharing your story Nicole! ;)

  4. says

    Lol, Emilie – you poor thing! Little kids always no when to turn on the charm don’t they! But this is a perfect mid week meal – I’ll be booking this one for after a long day in the office!!

    • Emilie says

      Yes. Charm… that’s the perfect way to describe it! Little boys. They know how to get you every time. That’s why there’s wine and easy meals! Enjoy Ella! xx

    • Emilie says

      Welcome Kelly! If you’re short on time you will certainly appreciate this speedy meal for a busy school night. You can switch up the ingredients to suit your taste. The longest part is waiting for the water to boil! Enjoy and thanks for pinning! :)

  5. says

    Thank you! Just found these raviolis at TJ’s and think this recipe sounds simple and perfect. I’ll be making this tonight :)

    • Emilie says

      Yes! They are the best. I always grab a pack when I’m at TJ’s. I hope you enjoy your meal tonight! :)

  6. says

    Yummy! I have that very package of ravioli in my refrigerator and was planning on making it for dinner tonight with a bright, baby green salad. I wasn’t sure if pesto was the way to go, or a light olive oil/garlic sauce. You have swayed me. This looks delicious.

    Sidenote: LOVE your website. So, so beautiful. :) Thanks to the ol’ Google search, you’ve got a new follower.

    • Emilie says

      Hi Shannon! That’s too funny! I absolutely love those ravioli- they have just the right amount of lemon (plus, you can’t go wrong with Trader Joe’s in my book). I hope your dinner was fabulous :) And thank you for the sweet comments! xo

  7. says

    Loved it. Always thought any regular pasta sauce would ruin it. This was perfect!

    Also the explanation of the word gira sol.

  8. Nettie says

    I wish I would have seen and read this today. I made these fantastic ravioli , but with traditional marinara sauce. Not. Big mistake. Worst thing you could ever do to these. Thank you for sharing the right ingredients. Sounds delicious.

  9. Rosalie says

    Used this recipe as inspiration…added carmelized cauliflower to the wilted kale and arugula I had on hand. It was so delicious! Thanks Emilie

  10. Laura says

    Hello! Waw! Can I use the first photo for a quick facebook post about a sale on these pasta? We are a local Italian store in Belgium :) Thank you (Alital SPRL on Facebook if you want to check)

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