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Spinach Ricotta Ravioli

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Stefano Borella
Stefano Borella
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.

Cooking Recipe

Servings: 8
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour & 10 minutes

For bestresults use fresh pasta.

For the spinach and ricotta filling:
1/2 cup (150g) of spinach, cooked and squeezed dry
1.2 cup (300g) of ricotta, drained if very wet
4.8 tbsp (30g) of Parmesan, finely grated
Nutmeg, freshly grated
Salt and pepper

To serve:
1. Butter, sage and pine nuts sauce or classic tomato sauce, grated Parmesan or pecorino.

1. Remove the pasta from the fridge and roll it out, a little at a time (or it will dry out) to a thickness of about 1mm or using the last setting on a pasta machine. Lightly dust the work surface, the pasta and the rolling pin with flour to prevent it sticking. Cut long lengths in half for ease of handling.

2. If you are using a pasta machine, dust the underside only, not on top, which needs to stick to another piece of dough.

3. Place heaped teaspoons of stuffing onto one of the lengths of pasta, spacing them wide-enough apart to allow for the shape you want to cut but not so much that you waste pasta. Aim for around 2cm between the mound of stuffing and the edge of the ravioli.

4. Lay the second piece face down (with the non-floured side downward) over the stuffing and press gently around each mound to expel the air. You can either do this mound by mound to make individual ravioli at a time by placing a longer top sheet of pasta over the base sheet containing the mounds of stuffing.

5. Now cut the pasta into ravioli using the cutter or a glass, or make square shapes using a pastry wheel.

6. Put the ravioli on a floured tray (dust with a little semolina flour, if you have any), spaced apart in a single layer. Set aside until ready to use but for no longer than an hour or they will stick to the surface. If you need to make them in advance, you can either freeze them at this stage or par-cook them and toss them in oil.

7. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the ravioli for 3€5 minutes or until the pasta is al dente, then drain through a colander. Add the pasta to the sauce in the frying pan and gently toss or stir to combine pasta and sauce. Serve on warmed plates sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

Spinach Ricotta Ravioli
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