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Monday, February 13, 2012

Heart Shaped Ravioli ♥


Here's a supercute way to serve pasta on valentine's day! enjoy! ♥






Ingredients ♥
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag fresh spinach
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
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  • To Make the Ravioli:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups semolina flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil olive
  • To assemble Ravioli
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
Directions ♥
  1. (ravioli dough) Thoroughly sift together all-purpose flour, semolina flour, and small pinch of salt.
  2. On a clean surface, make a mountain out of flour mixture then make a deep well in center. Break the eggs into the well and add olive oil. Whisk eggs very gently with a fork, gradually incorporating flour from the sides of the well. When mixture becomes too thick to mix with a fork, begin kneading with your hands.
  3. Knead approximately, until it is smooth and elastic. Dust dough and work surface with semolina flours as needed to keep dough from becoming sticky. Wrap dough tightly in plastic and allow it to rest on your counter for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out dough with a pasta machine or a rolling pin.
  5. Roll the dough out very thin on a lightly floured surface, one portion at a time. If you have a pasta machine, follow the manufacturer's instructions for rolling out the dough into sheets about 1 millimeter thick - if you don't? Eyeball it!
  6. (filling) Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the spinach until fully wilted, about 2 minutes. Let cool, then squeeze the spinach to remove as much liquid as you can.
  7. Combine the spinach, feta, and pine nuts (or the substitute) in a blender or food processor and pulse until it is the consistency of a fine paste. Beat egg and water together in a small bowl.
  8. To assemble the ravioli, brush the egg over a sheet of pasta. Drop the filling mixture on the dough by teaspoonfuls about one inch apart. Cover the filling with the top sheet of pasta, pressing out the air from around each portion of filling. Press firmly around the filling in whatever shape you wish (circles, squares) and then cut them apart. Press the tines of a fork around the edges of the pasta to seal each raviolo.
  9. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, add the ravioli, stir gently, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered until the ravioli float to the top and the filling is hot, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Notes for v-day ravioli ♥
As shown above, these would be perfect for a Valentine's Day dinner with your love. Just cut the dough into hearts and seal each individually instead of in a sheet. With a nice light marinara these would be beautiful!
You can even create red pasta with food coloring gel and toss with extra virgin olive oil and enjoy! ♥



4 comments:

  1. Great idea and the rvilolis look amazaing. Happy Valentine's Day top you.

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  2. thanks! :) Happy Valentines to you too! :)

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  4. Love the idea of heart shaped ravioli's.Perfect Valentine's day meal to enjoy :)

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