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Monday, July 24, 2017

No Tears on these Pillows

I'm always left with ingredients after cooking up a meal, be it portions of minced beef, eggs, lemon and even cooked sauces such as pasta sauce. Not being one to throw away perfectly good ingredients (and not letting it rot away/spoil in the fridge) I tend to once in awhile plant myself in the kitchen at some weird hour and get cooking.

After cooking the orecchiette I had left over ricotta cheese; two things came to mind: ricotta pancakes or stuffed spinach and ricotta ravioli! Having ample floor, eggs and left over pasta sauce, the choice was clear. At 10pm one evening last week after running around the tennis court like a hamster and attending an evening conference call I got myself set to making ravioli.

There's nothing hard about making pasta.. all you need is a good mixer/kneader; eggs and flour. My ratio of floor (pick whichever type you want to choose.. I had leftover plain flour) to a large egg is 100g flour to one 60g egg.

Without getting into how to make the pasta itself (I've covered that in previous posts in my blog) here's what I used to make the ravioli filling:

  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic (minced)
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese (you can use more if you have more)
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat, brown garlic slightly
  2. Add spinach and cook covered, stirring occasionally, until spinach becomes wilted, add lemon juice
  3. Cook for 5 or 10 more minutes uncovered until all liquid evaporates
  4. Chop cooked spinach finely and move to a bowl. Add parmigiano reggiano and ricotta cheeses, salt to taste and mix well. Add more salt if necessary.
  5. Using a pasta roller roll out sheets of pre-made pasta until setting no. 7 on your machine
  6. Scoop teaspoon fill portions of the spinach and cheese mixture and shape them into a semi-tight ball
  7. Place on sheet of pasta approximately 1/2 inch from the top and edge of the pasta sheet and then 1 inch between each ball
  8. With the second sheet of rolled pasta place over the top of the original sheet and carefully flatten around the spinach ball to remove as much air from between each sheet of pasta
  9. When you are done shaping ravioli, bring a big pot of water to boil, add ravioli and cook for 5 minutes, then drain. Or, alternatively, freeze ravioli until you’re ready to cook them.
I made enough for two batches. I combined the ravioli with some left over sausage and meatball sauce which I'd made previously; and with the second iteration I also added a sous vide egg.


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