The cold mid-winter weather always brings out my nesting side. I gravitate towards anything that'll make me feel warm and cozy: hot coffee, nourishing soups, warm bread and butter. But this time of year I'm still trying — trying
, not always succeeding — to keep things light. (December was
pretty indulgent!) Enter this delicious sweet potato ravioli from Laura of The First Mess. It hits all the right notes: creamy, filling, comforting, and all without using any dairy.
This isn't a quick meal — there is some time involved to make the pasta — but it's definitely worth it. In lieu of eggs, Laura uses ground chia seeds as a binding agent. And the sweet potato and pine nut filling is similar in texture to ricotta ("whipped and airy with light, acidic notes of lemon," as Laura writes
) while the slight bitterness of the garlicky kale pesto cuts the sweetness just enough. It feels decadent without the guilt. How's that for feeling cozy?
Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Ravioli with Kale Pesto | The First Mess
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(Images: Laura of The First Mess)