Pine nut and balsamic vinegar ravioli sauce

The other day I got home late and hungry from climbing at the gym and instead of finding something prepared my wonderful BF, I found my BF soundly asleep after a hard day of work. I was pretty hungry, so I opened the fridge and I threw together a super quick dish. I started with goat cheese ravioli from Trader’s Joe and tried to make a quick sauce to complement them. I chose a pretty bold mix of balsamic vinegar, capers and pine nuts that works best with strongly flavored ravioli. The taste of spinach ravioli would get lost under this mix, but the one of goat cheese is enhanced without getting lost.

Pine nut and balsamic vinegar ravioli sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings


  • ravioli
  • 1 tbs pine nuts
  • 1 tbs capers
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • EVOO


  1. First I prepared the water for the ravioli and let it warm up. Then I took a spoon of capers and a spoon of pin nuts and I roughly chopped them both. I warmed up a bit of oil in a small pan and added in the pine nuts and the capers as well as some oregano. I let the pine nuts and capers toast for a couple of minutes and then added a bit of balsamic vinegar. Be careful with the balsamic vinegar, you only want so much that it gives the a hint of flavor, not so much that it will turn the sauce vinegary and picklish. I let the vinegar evaporate and caramelized a bit and then turn off the heat. Finally I cooked the ravioli according to the instructions and dressed them with the sauce.
  2. Next time I think I'll add some caramelized onion to the mix. I think it should play well with the other ingredients.

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8 Responses to Pine nut and balsamic vinegar ravioli sauce

  1. Katherine says:

    Oohh love the flavor combination here! Definitely bold with the addition of capers but I like it! Lovely blog, by the way!

  2. Simple, but flavorful! I love that you added in pine nuts… adds so much to the texture and the flavor.

  3. Erin says:

    What a great, quick dinner! The flavors sound perfect, and with the caramelized onion next time – wow!

  4. This sounds delicious. Love the addition of capers in there, too. Now you're making ME hungry!

  5. Sandra says:

    Wonderful combination of flavors, I love it!..very well done!Thank you for sharing and have a amazing Sunday!!!

  6. claire says:

    i love how easy and delicious this is!

  7. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    You make delicious food with such a simple ingredients. But that's what I heard about Italian food is. Have a great weekend!

  8. SuzyEats says:

    love pine nuts and love ravioli. i have not made ravioli at home in the past but maybe i will now 🙂

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