Holiday Ravioli

 

Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 60 mins Total time: 2 hours

Background

You have the family over for the holidays, even the ones you have been actively avoiding the entire year. What to feed them? The best option would be to cook a long, sensuous meal that puts everyone to sleep early, giving you peace and quiet.

This meal takes a little longer to cook but will get everyone in the holiday spirit. Staying true to our name we have included black pepper as the spice for this recipe. It provides a certain kick to the recipe along with these health benefits:

An ancient Indian spice that comes from the berries of the pepper plant has been known to be used in dentistry as an antiseptic remedy and has been known as a prized spice since ancient times. Some other facts:

  • it contains manganese, fiber, iron, vitamin K and C
  • has been known to help with indigestion, flatulence and promotes intestinal health
  • acts as a remedy for cough and cold. Antibacterial properties are used for treating respiratory disorders

Ingredients:

Dough (Step 1):

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. milk

Creamy tomato sauce (Step 2):

  •  1 tbsp. butter
  • 6 whole tomatoes
  • 2 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 Thai green pepper
  • 1 garlic head – minced
  • 1 onion finely -diced
  • 2 tbsp. dried fenugreek
  • thumb sized ginger – grated
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk

Filling (Step 3):

  •  1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 bunch spinach
  • 1 container ricotta cheese (425g)
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

Method:

STEP 1 (Dough):

  1. Place 6 cups flour in a large bowl.
  2. Make a well in the center. Add water, butter and milk into well. Stir together, forming a ball.
  3. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes, adding remaining flour if necessary to keep dough from sticking.
  4. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.

STEP 2 (Sauce):

  1. Heat butter in a pot on medium heat and sauté onions for a few minutes until they have softened, then add garlic & ginger sauté until golden.
  2. Add carrots, bell peppers and Thai green pepper and cook until vegetables soften.
  3. Add fresh tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the vegetable mixture, cheese and milk to a blender and puree.
  5. Place sauce back into pot and cook for 20 minutes and add the fenugreek as final touch.
  6. Remove from heat and place to side.

STEP 3 (Filling):

  1. Heat butter in pot on medium heat, add chopped spinach and cook covered, stirring occasionally, until spinach wilted about 20 minutes.
  2. Cook for 5 or 10 minutes uncovered until all liquid evaporated.
  3. Add ricotta cheese, salt, pepper and turmeric for 10 to 15 minutes until filling is a thick consistency.
  4. Remove from heat and refrigerate filling until ready to use.

STEP 4 (Making ravioli):

  1. Divide the ravioli dough into 2 equal halves and roll each half into a very thin sheet with a rolling pin (it is important to roll very thinly otherwise ravioli will be too solid).
  2. Make sure to have flour on hand and dust the working surface or rolling pan when necessary, because the dough will be sticky.
  3. With a cookie cutter cut out circle in the dough (this will make 48 dough circles)
  4. Fill a small bowl with water for sealing the ravioli.
  5. Remove filling from refrigerator and place a tablespoon of it in middle of the circle dough, dip fingers in water and moisten the outer edge.
  6. Add a dough circle on top and pinch the edges together and then seal the edges with a fork.

STEP 5 (cooking ravioli):

  1. Bring a pot of salt water to boil.
  2. Place the ravioli in the water for 5-6 minutes or until they float to the top.
  3. Remove ravioli from pot with large slotted spoon and place on plate.

STEP 6 (baking ravioli):

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree Celsius.
  2. Spread ravioli into a baking dish. Top with the tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese.
  3. Place in oven and bake until cheese has melted about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

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