Coupons or not, serving processed food straight from the can isn't an option for me and my family.  Its easy to turn that bargain into a masterpiece.  You can do a lot to improve on the original.  In tribute to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, here's how we pimped our pasta.
Issue #1: Flavor

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion chopped
1/2 yellow pepper, washed and chopped
2 roasted red peppers, chopped
1 tsp celery seed
1Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp beef base

Saute onion and peppers in oil for about 5 minutes.  Stir in seasonings and beef base.  Add 1/4 cup hot water to pan and cook another 3-5 minutes adding more water as needed to keep from burning. *Red wine, spinach, olives, squash, eggplant, sliced carrots would have all been great additions too.

Issue #2: Broken ravioli
I know how to add flavor to the sauce, but how do I get the pasta out intact?  Heat water to boiling in a small stock pot and turn off heat.  Place cleaned unopened cans in water for about 10 minutes.  Remove from water with tongs.  Allow cans to cool for a minute or two and out they come!

Empty cans into pan.  I set ravioli to the side and combined canned sauce with my onion and pepper mixture. Lower heat to simmer. Then pushed sauce to the side and arranged ravioli in single layer in the pan.  Simmer for another 5 or so minutes, top with a tiny bit of cheese and you're done.

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