This is a simple stuffed ravioli made with a creamy ricotta spinach blend. I prepared a simple tomato sauce with just a touch of spice, but these ravioli are also delicious with a brown butter sauce. If you prefer, you can also use a spinach pasta dough for the ravioli, or make half egg dough ravioli, and half spinach as I did, and is shown in the photo.
Deborah Mele 2011
- 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Shallot, Finely Chopped
- 8 Ounces Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves
- Salt & Pepper To Taste
- 1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
- 4 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan
- 1 Egg
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 3 Eggs
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1/2 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 (28 ounce) Can Crushed Tomatoes
- Salt & Pepper
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
- Grated Parmesan Cheese To Serve
- Combine the flour and salt on a flat work surface; shape into a mound and make a well in the center.
- Add the eggs and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the well and lightly beat with a fork.
- Gradually draw in the flour from the inside wall of the well in a circular motion and continue to incorporate all the flour until it forms a ball.
- Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and let rest 30 minutes.
- While the pasta is resting, prepare the filling.
- Steam the spinach and drain well, pressing the spinach to remove all excess liquid, then chop finely.
- Heat a large pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat until hot but not smoking.
- Add shallots and cook for about a minute, stirring so that they do not brown.
- Add the shallots to the spinach, along with the ricotta, Parmesan cheese and egg.
- Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt, pepper as needed.
- Cut the ball of dough in 1/2, cover and reserve the piece you are not immediately using to prevent it from drying out.
- Dust the counter and dough with a little flour, then press the dough into a rectangle and roll it through a pasta machine, 2 or 3 times, at widest setting.
- Pull and stretch the sheet of dough with the palm of your hand as it emerges from the rollers.
- Reduce the setting and crank the dough through again, 2 or 3 times.
- Continue tightening until the machine is at the second narrowest setting; the dough should be almost paper-thin.
- Dust the counter and sheet of dough with flour, lay out the long sheet of pasta, and brush the top surface with a little water, which acts as a glue.
- Drop 1 tablespoon of the filling on 1/2 of the pasta sheet, about 2-inches apart, then fold the other 1/2 over the filling like a blanket.
- With your fingers, gently press out air pockets around each mound of filling, and use a sharp knife to cut each pillow into squares and crimp the 4 edges with the tins of a fork to make a tight seal. (A fluted pastry wheel also works well to make an attractive edge around the pasta.)
- Dust the ravioli and a sheet pan with cornmeal to prevent the pasta from sticking and lay them out to dry slightly while assembling the rest.
- If not using within an hour or two refrigerate until needed.
- To prepare the sauce, heat the two tablespoons of oil in a heavy pot and cook the garlic for just a minute.
- Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes and cook over medium low heat for 10 minutes.
- Add the chopped basil, and mix well.
- Cook over low heat an additional 10 minutes.
- Keep warm while you cook the pasta.
- Cook the ravioli in plenty of boiling salted water until tender.
- They will float to the top when ready, so be careful not to overcrowd the pot.
- Drain the ravioli and return to the pot.
- Pour half of the sauce mixture into the pot and carefully stir until the ravioli is lightly coated.
- Serve the ravioli with a spoonful of additional sauce and a sprinkling of grated cheese.
- Serve hot.