Let us set the scene: it’s already past dinnertime, and you’re just getting home. Everyone’s hungry and cranky, and you need to get something on the table – FAST. Even the half-hour wait for take-out is going to be too long. So, what’s a busy mom to do in these all-too-familiar circumstances? Why, make a delicious batch of Ravioli Florentine, of course!

You’re skeptical, and rightly so. Unless you managed to stop at your local Italian restaurant on your way home, there’s no way to pull together something as yummy and family-pleasing as Ravioli Florentine when time is of the essence. Or is there? Ten members of our Go2Girlz testing panel were recently given the challenge of trying out a five-minute Ravioli Florentine recipe. One with only three ingredients, too!

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How did they manage it? Easy. The folks at Chef Boyardee treated them to two cans of their Mini Ravioli and a recipe. It’s as simple as this: one can of Chef Boyardee® Mini Ravioli, spinach and parmesan cheese. Warm it all up and presto! Ravioli Florentine that the whole family loved. Be sure to check out Chantel’s blog over at Eight is Enough for more great Chef Boyardee® recipes and tips, and also check out Chef Boyardee on Facebook.  

Ravioli Florentine

Serves: 2
Time to Prepare: approximately 5 minutes

1 can (425 g) Chef Boyardee® Mini Ravioli
1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped spinach
1/2 cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese

Mix ravioli, chopped spinach and cheese. 
Heat through and serve.

Tip: For picky eaters, omit spinach and turn recipe into a Ravioli Rosé.


So: what did the Go2Girlz and their families think? Well, despite some initial wariness, all of our testers (and their families) loved the Chef Boyardee® Ravioli Florentine! They were impressed with the fresh texture of the ravioli, and really enjoyed the combination of spinach and parmesan cheese with the pasta. Each one of the testers said they will buy this product again for their families, and 9 out of 10 said they would recommend this recipe to a friend. But the best part? It was fast and easy to make, and everyone in the family ate it with gusto.

Here’s more of what the Go2Girlz had to say in their own words:

A simple and easy to prepare meals that everyone enjoyed, both kids and adults. – Carol, mom of 2

I would recommend this recipe.  It was surprisingly good.  My husband had no idea he was eating Chef Boyardee. – Lydia, mom of 3

Quick, simple, easy to prepare! – Brenda, mom of 2

Surprisingly healthy, easy, tasty. – Jane, mom of 3

Quick, cost effective – Tina, mom of 2

Such an easy recipe to throw together after a long day of work.  No complaints about what’s for dinner from the kids. – Shari, mom of 3

My kids really enjoyed it.  Didn’t realize that my husband and I would also enjoy it too! – Dana, mom of 2

My kids thought it was really good, I even enjoyed it!! – Sally, mom of 2

Quick to make. – Lesley, mom of 2

What a family-pleasing recipe! Quick, tasty, inexpensive. And who knew Chef Boyardee ravioli has no preservatives? This one’s going in the quick classics recipe book! – Katherine, mom of 2

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