Show your sweetheart some love this Valentine’s Day by serving heart-shaped ravioli for a romantic meal! If you have little ones, they too will love this homemade ravioli recipe – just grab a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create these ravioli pockets of love!
Ricotta Ravioli Filling
1# high quality ricotta cheese, drained (“Mom” prefers organic)
¼# grated Parmesan cheese (“Mom” prefers organic)
3 egg yolks (“Mom” prefers organic, cage-free eggs)
½ t grated nutmeg
1t black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl or mixer, and place into pastry bags.
2# AP or type “00” pasta flour
10 whole eggs, plus 10 egg yolks (“Mom” prefers organic, cage-free eggs)
1 T olive oil
Combine ingredients in a stand mixer with the dough hook attached. Mix on low speed for apprx. 10 minutes, until dough looks smooth and elastic. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and allow to rest in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
When ready to roll pasta, clear a large work surface, divide the dough into 4 equal size portions and begin rolling through pasta roller, starting on thickest setting. Progressively work down until you have rolled it out on the thinnest possible setting, dusting with flour if it sticks.
Cut off a pasta sheets into 1 foot sections, dust with flour and stack together. Work with 1 piece at a time, keeping the rest covered in plastic so they don’t dry out.
Using your pastry bag, pipe approx. 1T of filling every 4 inches onto the pasta. Spray lightly with water, and lay another sheet down slowly over the top, pressing out all air pockets as you go. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut into individual ravioli.
Lay pasta on a sheet tray dusted with flour, wrap tightly in plastic. If using within a day or 2, store in refrigerator. If not, place in freezer until frozen solid, then transfer to airtight bag or container.
*Recipe and image courtesy of Chef Shaun Golan of Ballo Italian.*