Did you know that Italian pasta varieties all originated in different villages in medieval Italy? Through the ages Italians have retained a sense of localism in their dishes that is all about food fresh out of the earth, off the tree, and from the farm.Spinach Ricotta Ravioli by Stefano Borella
1. Spinach Ricotta Ravioli
This authentic Italian dish has a luscious buttery flavor and light texture. These ricotta and spinach filled ravioli are typical of the Emilio Romana area of Northern Italy, and are a real crowd pleaser. You can buy ready made ravioli wrappers at your local market to prepare this dish or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can easily learn to make the pasta used to create these ravioli from scratch, by watching one of our Premium Grokker videos on ravioli pasta making like Chefs Sage & John's Butternut Squash Ravioli video or Chef Staffan Terje's Agnolotti Del Plin video. So tune in to this Grokker Premium video and see how to prepare these delightful pillows stuffed with spinach and cheese, and you'll learn some insightful new techniques from Chef Stefano Borella that will be very useful in your kitchen.
2. Agnolotti dal Plin Pasta
Why buy pasta from the store when you can watch Chef and Owner Staffan Terje not only teach you how to make homemade pasta but also gives you some funny history behind this dish. This pasta has veal meat, lots of eggs, and nutmeg to give it that nutty flavor. Watch this Grokker Premium video and get ready to work and pinch the pasta dough!
3. Butternut Squash Ravioli
Start cooking Italian with this recipe for "Ravioli di Zucca", a homemade Ravioli with a filling of butternut squash and biscotti. This Northern Italian recipe is popular at Christmas and delicious all year round. Culinary Instructors John and Sage share their recipe and tips for homemade Ravioli.
4. Italian Spinach Ricotta Bread
Explore how to make a delicious Spinach and Ricotta Bread Loaf with Sundried Tomatoes and roasted pine nuts. This makes a great dinner party starter or side as you can prepare it ahead of time and serve at room temperature. It is also perfect for picnics or just a healthy lunch. Add a side of fresh rocket leaves and lemon and you have a complete vegetarian meal. Grokker Premium video with Pastry Expert Ghalid Assyb.
5. Ricotta Canapé with Fig Compote
Ricotta is a classic ingredient in Italian and Sicilian Cooking, that has many uses from lasagna to cheesecake. In this Grokker Premium video, Chef Joanne Cooke uses ricotta to prepare a simple canapé with Arab spices, fig compote, and crushed walnuts. This dish is perfect with a dessert wine and also works well between courses as an intermezzo.