Homemade Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Pesto

So tonight I decided to break out the big guns, my in laws are town and we had a couple friends over for a small dinner party. A bit time consuming but fantastic dinner for not a lot although it could be if you buy it , are homemade ravioli.

Once you get the hang of the fresh pasta, it is a natural progression to want to become pasta making crazy and why not give ravioli a try? My kids go NUTS and my friends go home full and happy.

I made a video to show you exactly how it is done, so I won't go through the steps of putting to gether and preparing here. Let me know if the video is helpful and I will do more.

Feeds 6

for the pasta
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 1/12 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 tbs cold water
1 tbs olive oil ( if you live in dry climate)

Garlic Bread
8 oz of salad of your choice
1 lbs Ricotta
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz frozen chopped spinach
1 cup shredded parmesean
1 jar pesto sauce (we will do homemade sometime but this is cheaper)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp sea salt

*Mix the cheeses and white pepper, garlic powder, parsley and sea salt, put in fridge until time to stuff ravioli
*Mix the flour, salt, eggs, water and oil in the mixer with the flat attachment for 4 minutes on speed 4 then switch to the dough hook and mix another 5 on speed 5.
*Take the dough out and on a lightly floured counter hand mix until springy, about 10 turns
*Cover dough and let rest for 30 minutes


Part 1

Part 2 

* Put a large pot of water on to boil with a pinch of sea salt and a splash of olive oil
* GENTLY place ravioli in pot when the water is boiling
* Turn heat down to gentle boil
* Cook until Ravioli float to the top
* Drain Ravioli and gently put back in big pot
* Empty contents of pesto into the hot pot and gently incorporate to ravioli

* Put 5 or 6 on each plate
* Sprinkle with parmesean cheese
* Serve with garlic bread and a small simple salad

Wine Suggestion- Gemishdastaz

Serving sizes and this sight.....

As many of you have come to realize, I am usually making huge amounts of food and alot of times for more than just my family. However, I would be horrified to think that someone who was living alone, or with only a couple people in their home would feel discouraged about this..
Simply use division for most of these recipes if they are too big. With the exception of baking, which requires a fair amount of science, these recipes can be adjusted and modified with ease! And if you feel stuck, either leave me a comment or email me and I will try to respond to you as soon as I can.
Thanks fellow foodies, hope you eat something yummy today and enjoy the fact that you didn't spend lots of money at a high end restaurant!

Enjoy! I love to hear from you all!

Rebecca Turrigiano


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