4 Ways to Hack Our Bistro-Style Toasted Ravioli (Including Air Fryer Recipes!)Article posted in: Nutrisystem
If you’ve heard you shouldn’t eat pasta when you’re trying to lose weight, don’t believe it. With Nutrisystem, you can enjoy the foods you love, including delicious pasta meals, and still keep shedding extra pounds. You can even have ravioli, the tender pockets of dough filled with creamy cheese. In fact, the Nutrisystem menu now offers you toasted ravioli, the version that has become so popular at many restaurants and bistros. Toasted ravioli becomes crispy on the outside while staying smooth and gooey on the inside.
A Restaurant Fave Made Weight Loss Friendly
Our Bistro-Style Toasted Ravioli are stuffed with a blend of three authentic cheeses: ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella. These pasta pockets are coated with seasoned breadcrumbs that become delightfully crunchy when you cook the ravioli. You can feel good about eating them because they are a good source of protein, providing you with nine grams of the muscle-building nutrient per serving.
If you love to order toasted ravioli when you eat at a restaurant, you’ll be happy to know that you can have our version ready to eat in about 10 minutes at home. There’s no need to make a reservation whenever you have a craving. Just pull them out of the freezer, follow the simple instructions and your meal is on the way. What could be better?
Created as part of the Nutrisystem Restaurant Faves line—which are made to deliver the same great taste as your restaurant favorite foods but portioned to provide at least half the calories—this particular dinner is also portioned to be 50% less fat than the restaurant favorite meal that is was inspired by.
Cooking Tips and Serving Suggestions
To prepare these crispy raviolis, the directions call for ¼ cup of oil. However, please note that not all of this oil will be absorbed by the raviolis during cooking. Only about two grams of the oil is absorbed by each ravioli. This equates to ~18 calories per ravioli coming from oil, or about 70 calories total per serving. It is important to note that these calories are included in the nutrition facts listed on the Nutrition Facts Panel, so you do not need to add anything additional to NuMi when tracking this meal.
Here are a few tips for cooking and serving the Bistro-Style Toasted Ravioli:
- We would recommend making sure that the oil in the pan is hot before adding the ravioli. The prep instructions recommend that the oil be heated to 350 degrees. You can also dip the end of a wooden spoon into the oil. If it starts to steadily bubble, it should be hot enough to add the ravioli. If there are no bubbles, it is not hot enough and you should wait a bit longer.
- Only one side of the ravioli should be submerged in the oil. If the entire ravioli is submerged in the oil, you may need to use a larger pan or use less than the ¼ cup of oil.
- We recommend rounding out the meal by serving this dish with a large salad. You can also add about two Tablespoons of a low or no-sugar marinara sauce for dipping. Look for single serve marinara packets at your grocery store for added convenience.
Toasted Ravioli Recipes: Air Fryer and Oven Ideas
You can prepare our Bistro-Style Toasted Ravioli in other ways, too. Plus, they go great with so many different ingredients that elevate the flavor even more.
We’ve created some toasted ravioli recipes that serve up this frozen favorite in new ways. Here are four fresh ideas to transform the Bistro-Style Toasted Ravioli into a memorable meal using your air fryer or oven.
Calories per Serving: 249
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 Nutrisystem Dinner and 1 Extra (OR 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra)
Our Bistro-Style Toasted Ravioli is easy to prepare on your stove in an ordinary skillet with a little canola oil. The package includes basic directions, so your ravioli come out hot and tasty every time. When made this way, they have 280 calories per serving.
An air fryer is a handy, low-cost appliance to have in your kitchen when you’re trying to eat healthy and lose weight. Dishes made in an air fryer have the crunchy outside and tender inside that you love about deep-fried food, but they are not soaked in high-fat oil and tend to have fewer calories. Using the air fryer to make our Bistro-Style Toasted Ravioli means you don’t need to add extra oil. That means it has less calories while still producing that crisp outside you want. Bonus: Because the air fryer cooks with super-heated air rather than hot oil, there’s no splattering and clean-up is easy.
The Bistro-Style Toasted Ravioli comes in the perfect portion for you to enjoy while staying on track to your weight loss goal. When the ravioli is ready to eat, you can enjoy it with warm, low-sodium marinara sauce or try one of the three following variations. Check out this quick video showing you how to prepare this simple meal:
Calories per Serving: 286
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 Nutrisystem Dinner and 2 Vegetables (OR 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 1 Extra and 2 Vegetables)
Eating four servings of non-starchy vegetables is one of the keys to successful weight loss. By pairing your Bistro-Style Toasted Ravioli with veggies, you turn the dish into a complete meal that’s as delicious as it is nourishing. This recipe features a classic Italian combo of fresh spinach, tangy sun-dried tomatoes and zesty onions. It all cooks in the air fryer and is ready to eat in about 20 minutes. When it comes out, you have a meal you can enjoy yourself, or order extra ravioli and serve it to family and friends. Only you need to know it’s weight loss-friendly.
Calories per Serving: 325
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 Nutrisystem Dinner, 1 Vegetables and 1 Extra (OR 2 PowerFuels, 1 SmartCarb, 1 Vegetable and 1 Extra)
Here’s another tasty way to add veggies to your toasted ravioli. Instead of a standard tomato-based sauce, this recipe is made with a fresh green sauce, featuring zucchini, basil and spinach. After tenderizing the veggies in the air fryer, they go in a blender along with real cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and black pepper. It all gets whipped into a smooth, pesto-inspired sauce, then tossed with the crisp, air-fried toasted ravioli. The result is elegant enough to be served in a restaurant, but so simple that you can make it even on a busy weeknight.
Calories per Serving: 298
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 Nutrisystem Dinner and 1 Vegetable (OR 1 SmartCarb, 1 ½ PowerFuels, 1 Extra and 1 Vegetable)
If you love toasted ravioli with marinara sauce but also want to get in a serving of veggies with your meal, this dish strikes the perfect balance. It starts with Bistro-Style Toasted Ravioli, plus a jar of low-sodium marinara sauce, fresh or frozen spinach leaves, and, for extra savory flavor, grated Parmesan cheese.
For this recipe, you put all the ingredients (including the ravioli) in one baking dish and it cooks together in your oven while you relax. When the meal comes out, the cheese is melted, the sauce is warm and fragrant, the spinach is tender, and the ravioli has a perfectly crunchy outside and gooey inside. As the Italians would say, “Mangia!” or “eat up!”
Stock up your freezer with this frozen favorite: Try our Bistro-Style Toasted Ravioli here! >