Sunday, my day off, Himself is taking over the kitchen! Having a PhD in Chemistry, one would think that it would come naturally to him, but he is learning and is enthusiastic which is the main thing.
Watching an episode of Master Chef the other week, he was inspired. Someone made ravioli with egg and sausage meat as the filling. The egg bit I could handle but not the pale, insipid looking sausage meat. Consequently we went on a hunt for a recipe that had egg as the filling for Ravioli and came up with RAVIOLI BERGESE ( EGG YOLK RAVIOLI).
After a quick hunt in the freezer, yes I had ricotta cheese and yes I had spinach in the refrigerate and so it was all systems go.
He has made pasta many times, but not for a while, out came the food processor, out came the pasta rolling machine and out came the giant ravioli cutters.
Making pasta is fairly simple, the more you do it, the easier it becomes, Getting the consistency of the dough is the most important part, a bit like goldilocks in a way, too much liquid, too wet, too little, too dry, but the right amount becomes JUST RIGHT. and the difference between the three, just a few drops !
Anyway, if you do like making your own pasta, here are the ingredients for the filling.
- 6oz fresh baby spinach, cooked and drained
- 8 oz ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- zest of half a lemon.
Blend all of the above in a food processor until well blended.
Roll out your pasta cut into squares or rounds and pipe a round of filling onto half of them. Brush the other halves lightly with water, crack an egg yolk into the centre of the piped filling, quickly put the top half on and press around the edges to seal.
Cook in boiling salted water for only about three minutes, so that the pasta remains el dente and the egg yolk runny.
Serve with a white wine butter sauce. Yummy !