Monday, April 20, 2009

Cheese Ravioli with Spinach Cream Sauce

I have recently become obsessed with homemade pasta. It is so good and so much fun to make. It is slightly time consuming, but not ridiculously so. Plus, the end result is so worth it!

This recipe was beyond fantastic!!! It felt like I was eating at a restaurant. It was THAT good! I had my friend, Monica, over for dinner and it was pratically silent at the table. We just kept eating it and eating it! It was even great re-warmed as leftovers.

I know I've said this before about other recipes, but SERIOUSLY... try this one. It is so delicious!

Cheese Ravioli with Spinach Cream Sauce
Recipe from Teri's Kitchen

One recipe Basic Egg Pasta Dough or 1 pound store-bought uncooked pasta sheets
For the filling:
2 cups ricotta cheese
Half of a 10 ounce box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (reserve other half for sauce)
4 ounces mozarella or provolone cheese, grated
1/4 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (can used dried flakes)
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper to taste
For the Sauce:
1 small head garlic, roasted
1 red bell pepper, roasted
2 plum tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces mushrooms, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Reserved spinach from filling
1/2 cup dry vermouth
2 cups cream
1 tablespoon dried or fresh basil
Additional Ingredients:
Freshly shredded or grated Romano cheese for garnish

Make the pasta dough according to directions. Let rest for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling. Place ingredients in bowl in order given, mixing well to combine. Taste for seasoning. (Can be prepared one day ahead and refrigerated until use.)

Roll the dough using roller machine directions to the 5th or 6th setting. Place one sheet on ravioli mold and press with top to make indentions. Fill indentions with mixture. Using a finger or brush, moisten all around the edges of squares with water. Place another pasta sheet on top. Roll with rolling pin until the ravioli are cut out. Continue the process until all of the filling is used. Place ravioli in a single layer on baking sheets and refrigerate until use.

For the sauce, roast the garlic and pepper according to the directions in the links. Cut the tomatoes in half and place under the broiler with the peppers. Turn once to brown both sides. (Can be prepared several hours before use.) Thinly slice the peppers and tomatoes. Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil. When hot, add the mushrooms and sauté until well browned. Add the garlic, peppers, tomatoes, reserved spinach, salt and pepper. Sauté another minute. Pour in the vermouth and cook until slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and proceed to cook the ravioli.
Use a large pasta or stock pot to cook ravioli. Bring water to a boil, add salt and a little olive oil. Carefully drop in the ravioli, leaving lots of room for the water to boil around them. Cook for about 3 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Remove from pot and drain in colander; place in large serving bowl. Continue until all the ravioli is cooked.
To finsh, return the sauce to a hot burner. Heat quickly, then pour in the cream. Cook until slightly reduced. Add the basil. Taste for seasoning. Pour the sauce over the ravioli. Sprinkle with Romano cheese and serve immediately.

Notes: To form ravioli without a mold, place one sheet on a lightly floured cutting board. Place mounds of filling in rows, spaced according to the size ravioli you prefer. Moisten a square around each mound with the water. Cover with the top sheet of pasta. Press around each mound of filling, being certain to get as little air as possible in between the sheets and to carefully seal the edges. Cut out squares with a knife or pastry cutter. Cut any leftover dough into strips, dry for aobut 1 hour, then freeze for other uses.


The McBride Family said...

It was silent at the table except when I would say OH MY GOSH this is SOO good or the occassional smacking of my lips!! Seriously a huge hit in my book!

Christy said...

This looks fantastic! I've been begging for the pasta attachments to my KA...maybe someday soon. This will be one of my first recipes to try if I do get them! Yummy!

Leslie said...

I love fresh pasta, I have yet to try to make my own ravoli! Looks wonderful

HoneyB said...

Looks absolutely delicious!!

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

Is it wrong to want to eat raviolis at 7 a.m. in the morning? This dish looks AMAZINGLY TASTY! I wanna a bite.

I love how you added such great filling.....



Megan said...

You are my hero - I'd better get busy perfectly my pasta-making skills.

Sophie said...

This looks great! It looks cheesy and creamy, how ravioli should be!

teresa said...

This looks incredible! I'm very impressed!

Ingrid said...

Looks good. My kiddos love spinach so I think this one will be a hit with them especially Babygirl. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Food For a Hungry Soul said...

Bowing to your culinary skill! Oh My Stars, I want a huge pot of it all to myself. Is that wrong? LOL

Coleen's Recipes said...

I'm new at making pasta, but I really enjoy it and my family really likes it. I am trying to gather up the courage to try ravioli.

Stephanie said...

spinach and basil in the sauce? MM Sounds irresistible! especially when all over cheese ravioli!!

Pamela said...

Oh my gosh!! It looks so great!!

Hanaâ said...

That dish looks creamy and delicious. I love homemade pasta. It's been a while since I've made it. This might very well be the inspiration I needed :o)

J.Danger said...

Oh man! My doctor just put me on a diabetic diet for the rest of my pregnancy, so I won't be eating THIS any time soon. Or anything else you make probably! But never fear! I am making a list of this to pig out on after the baby! This just made the list!

Emily Rose said...

Wow this looks fantastic! How do you find the time to make such amazing meals??! I love homemade pasta but I feel like a need to devote an entire day to doing it! I'm so impressed!

Jaime said...

looks so creamy and delicious

Melanie said...

I'm so impressed with homemade pasta! This looks so delicious.

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