Right before Christmas some family came to town, and we had a night in at my place where we cooked dinner. Artichoke and Pine Nut Pesto mixed with some ricotta cheese and stuffed inside homemade ravioli, to be exact. 🙂 I had some pasta dough in the freezer, so all we had to do was make the filling and assemble everything. Everyone pitched in and we created an insanely delicious meal. Fun stuff!
We played around with the best way to make ravioli, and settled on using a round ravioli stamp. Cutting them by hand was messier and just not as pretty. Since they were big, the trick was not to over-stuff it, and find a good balance of pasta and filling. I think we nailed it!
We cooked everything up and topped with a lemon brown butter sauce, fresh basil and Parmesan. No leftovers in sight!
Artichoke and Pine Nut Pesto Filling Recipe
1 cup artichoke heart, cooked (canned would be fine, and roughly chopped)
1/8 cup toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small garlic clove, peeled and minced
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
pinch coarse salt
a few grinds of fresh black pepper
1 -2 teaspoon fresh tarragon leaves, thinly sliced
1/2 – 3/4 cups ricotta cheese, to taste
- Pulse the first 7 ingredients together in a food processor. Stir in the ricotta and the tarragon and season to taste with more salt and pepper, if needed.
Note: Omit ricotta and serve pesto mixed with spaghetti or spread on some grilled bread for a tasty snack.
Fresh Pasta Recipe:
2 organic large eggs
10 organic large egg yolks
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading and dusting
- Whisk together the whole eggs and yolks in a bowl. Put the flour on a large board or in your biggest mixing bow, make a well in the centre, and pour the eggs into the well. Slowly bring in the flour using a fork and then knead by hand just a few times or until a nice dough forms. Add a bit more flour if the dough is very sticky. Let the dough rest under a tea towel for at least 10 minutes before proceeding.
- Take out your pasta machine. Cut the dough into 8 pieces and roughly form into rectangles. Dust each rectangle with a bit of flour. Starting on the widest setting, put one piece through the machine, dusting with more flour if it’s at all sticky.
- Fold the dough over itself and go through again on the same setting (you are essentially kneading and stretching the dough). Repeat this process on each setting, going from widest to thinnest, until you are left with a long, thing sheet of pasta. Be gentle during the process and careful not to tear your sheets.
- Repeat the whole process with all the pieces of dough, laying them on tea towels or your clean counter. Cover with plastic wrap or a barely damp towel.
- Add a few tablespoons of filling every few inches to the top of a sheet, and top with another sheet of pasta. Stamp or cut out your raviolis, making sure the edges are sealed so none of the filling escapes.
- Top with sauce of choice. I used a brown butter sauce with a bit of lemon, but I bet this would be great topped with something creamy, as well. Don’t forget the Parmesean, basil and fresh ground pepper to finish it all off!
From: My Father’s Daughter