Menu planning is integral in keeping our daily lives (and my sanity) running smoothly. When I work long days, fight just under an hour of rush hour traffic and finally get home and into the kitchen, the last thing I want is to have to start figuring out what to make for dinner. That needs to be already decided. Well, last Monday, a couple of hiccups in the usual system meant that my planned meal wasn’t a possibility. I had little brain power left and started just throwing together whatever sounded good. By some stroke of luck, we ended up with a new favorite meal that takes minimal time and minimal effort. It is a weeknight wonder for sure, and the kids go crazy for it! I knew that I needed to remake it right away so I could share it here with all of you.

Let’s break it down. Basically you char some corn and cherry tomatoes under the broiler while the ravioli is cooking. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, the whole mess is tossed together back in the warm pan along with a paprika garlic compound butter and finished off with a generous dose of fresh basil. This is one of the best happy accidents since Caroline! (Totally kidding – she was planned.) Seriously though, this is a fantastically simple meal that highlights many of summer’s best flavors all in one place. What more could you really want on a hectic Monday evening?


  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • Kernels cut from 2 fresh ears corn
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 16 oz. cheese ravioli (I used goat cheese roasted tomato)
  • 3 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped basil
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving (optional)


  • 01

    Heat the broiler and position an oven rack just underneath it on the highest setting. On a sheet pan lined with foil, combine the tomatoes and the corn. Drizzle lightly with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and broil, rotating the pan once, until the corn and tomatoes are beginning to char (approximately 6-8 minutes, depending on your broiler.) Remove from the oven and set aside.

  • 02

    Meanwhile, fill a large sauté pan with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the ravioli and cook according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

  • 03

    While the ravioli is cooking, combine the butter, garlic, thyme, and paprika. Stir together until evenly blended. Season generously with salt and pepper. Once the ravioli is out of the pan, return the pan to medium-low heat. Add the compound butter to the pan and melt. Return the ravioli to the pan along with the vegetables, the lemon juice and fresh basil. Toss together to combine. Remove from the heat. Serve warm with freshly grated Parmesan, if desired.
  • I have been looking for a recipe that combines corn and pasta, so I’m very happy you’ve shared this! There is a fresh pasta shop right across the street from my apartment where they make beautiful ravioli, they would be lovely with your recipe. The paprika is a unique touch too. Thanks again for posting!! xo

  • Shari

    Annie, this looks so yummy. I need your travel post for CA. My family and I decided California is our next travel destination and I know your recommendations are always worthwhile. Happy Thursday and thank you for your consistency!

  • Melissa Brooker

    this sounds amazing! It will be going on my menu for next week for sure! Thanks Annie!

  • Annie

    Thanks for letting me know, Shari. I have a lot of stuff ready to post right now but I will make sure to get to those posts sooner than later!

  • Angela

    The happy accident joke cracked me up. Love it.

  • Such a great idea, and a great way to uplift store bought pasta and make it taste amazing :)

  • Shari

    Thank you!

  • Alison Scootee

    HAHAHAHA! Suuuuure she was. ;-) You’re a meticulous planner so none of us would even believe you had a surprise baby but you crack me up nonetheless. I need to make this asap, and since Zach has all this pancetta just sitting around I guess I have to add some of that!

  • Makala

    I have FINALLY landed my dream job as an elementary school teacher, so I will DEFINITELY be needing a plethora of quick and easy weeknight dinners to make in order to feed my crew… this one looks like a winner for sure! Can’t wait to try it! :-)

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    This looks delicious! Especially with some yummy Indiana sweet corn! I laughed out loud at your “best happy accident since Caroline” line! Thanks for the smile this morning!

  • Melissa Brooker

    This is so amazing! My husband was skeptical when I first told him I was making it, meals without meat don’t usually make it to his top faves. But I made dinner and he LOVED it! We both did! He said it was one of the best meals he has had and asked when I can make it again! Thanks so much!

  • Shannon Haas

    This was delicious! I added chicken and packed it for a picnic.Thanks for sharing Annie!

  • Annie

    Yay! Love to hear that!

  • Annie

    Haha! Glad you enjoyed that :)

  • Annie

    Haha! So glad it made you smile :)

  • Jenna Fowlkes

    This was great…kind of in the same vein as your tortellini soup recipe, which is my go to on really busy winter nights.

  • I can’t function at all without a meal plan these days, so I totally get you! Though I do love it when a spur of the moment meal hit it out of the park. This looks great!

  • Sarah

    Made this for dinner last night with tortellini instead of ravioli and it was BOMB.COM. Love this, Annie!!!!!!!

  • Annie @ Annie’s Cooking Lab

    We had this for dinner tonight and it was SO good! I added some fresh green beans and loved the extra crunch they provided. The real highlight was definitely the corn, I can’t get enough! I’m looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

  • Annie

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  • Annie

    Yay! I’m so glad!

  • Kara B

    We made this and it was delicious! We love goat cheese – do you know what brand you used for the ravioli? Haven’t seen that one that I can recall.

  • Annie

    I can’t remember the brand but it was from Whole Foods. I doubt they carry that many so hopefully you can find it!