So my family are crazy about pasta. Tonight was homemade Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli ..it was yummy 😘😘hope you enjoy!!
2 Cups flour
1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1/4 tsp salt
On a clean surface sift flour salt make a well in the centre add eggs and oil and scramble with a fork, bringing the sides into the middle to form a dough.
Knead until the dough is soft, dough should not be sticky. If dough too sticky add a little more flour if too dry then add a tbsp water.
Roll into a ball and wrap in clingfilm plastic and set aside for 1 hour at room temperature to rest.
Spinach Ricotta filling
1 large packet fresh spinach.
Heat a saucepan and add 1 tbsp olive oil and sweat the spinach covered for 7 mins.
Remove lid and sauté further until all liquid has evaporated.
Remove to a bowl and cool.
When slightly cool chop spinach finely.
Add 3/4 cup ricotta cheese that has been softened with a fork.
Add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, black pepper and salt to taste.
Stir until all combined. Set aside.
Creamy Tomato & Thyme Sauce
In a saucepan add 2 tbsp olive oil.
Add 1 small finely chopped onion, 3 tsp minced garlic and 5 sprigs fresh thyme ( or more depending on your taste ) and saute until tender.
Add 3 medium chopped tomatoes and 8 baby cherry tomatoes.
Let tomatoes sweat and start breaking down then add 1/2 cup dry white wine ( optional – chicken stock or veg stock ) and cook until reduced by half.
Blend until smooth in a blender. Place back in saucepan and stir in 3/4 cup fresh cream. Set aside.
Divide pasta dough in half and roll out both pieces VERY thinly on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle.
Place filling on bottom piece of dough (1 tsp ), 1 cm apart, cover with 2 nd piece of dough and cut and trim with a sharp knife seal edges with a fork.
I did not have a ravioli tray so I made squares.
In a large saucepan add water and salt and bring to boil .
Cook ravioli in batches about 5 minutes.
They float to the top when done. Pour over creamy tomato and thyme sauce.
Add more thyme according to taste if needed .
Add cherry halved tomatoes and fresh thyme for garnish.
**Notes : Fresh Basil may be used instead of Thyme.
Roll out pasta dough very very thin unless you have a pasta machine which you will need to pass through several times otherwise the dough will be thick and clumpy.
Prepared, tried and tested by Gail Haselsteiner