Vegetarian Concoctions

August 29, 2006

Ravioli

Filed under: Cheese, Italian, Mushroom, Pasta, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes — Hema @ 3:32 pm

Last week when we were at our local grocery store, my husband complained that they had stopped selling his favourite sun-dried tomato ravioli that used to be one of his staple meals before marriage. I guess the store decided that since he was now married and had a wife who could cook, they didnt need to make his favourite ravioli anymore. Blame it on me or on the store, the most obvious thing to do was to make my husband say ‘I dont miss the store bought ravioli anymore’. I remembered one of the episodes of Everyday Italian on Food network, in which Giada made spinach and sausage ravioli with wonton wraps. Ah! brainwave!!! Back home with a packet of wonton wraps and my brain loaded with brilliant ideas, I opened my pantry to find I was out of sun-dried tomatoes!! I should have thought about that. The closest thing to sundried tomatoes was a bottle of sundried tomato pesto that I use in pastas. I found my imagination at work again and came up with very simple ‘can do this after work’ recipes for two kinds of raviolis – Sundried tomatoes and Spinach-mushroom. Here are the recipes:

Sundried tomatoes filling

Sundried tomatoes pesto                      4 tbsp

Grated Cheese any kind (I used cheddar + mozzarella)        3/4 cup

Mix the above 2 ingredients and that’s that!

Spinach – mushroom filling

Basil pesto                                          3 tbsp

Spinach cooked, chopped and drained   1/2 cup

Mushroom                                          1/4 cup

Crumbled paneer or riccotta cheese       2 tbsp

Make sure all the water is drained from the spinach. It should be nearly dry. Mix the above ingredients.

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Preparing the ravioli:

Lay a wonton wrap on a cutting board. Place a spoonful of filling in the centre. Place another wrap on top of it and press it in lightly. Make sure the filling doesnt creep out of its designated area. Add about 2 tbsp of water to 1 tbsp of all purpose flour. Use this to seal the edges (you could also use eggwash). Press edges tightly and make sure there are no gaps. You could use a ravioli cutter and trim the edges for a store made finish. I just pressed the edges down with a fork.

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Boil water in a big pot and drop in the raviolis 5-6 at a time. It takes about 4 minutes to cook up a batch. Once you take them out, rub some olive oil on each of them, else they tend to stick together.

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Mix this with your favourite pasta sauce and you are done!

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