Spinach and ricotta ravioli...

Spinach and ricotta ravioli is one of the most looked up recipes on-line... well I'm not surprised there! This is very nice, delicious and not so difficult dish to make, though a little bit time consuming. This is a perfect idea for a romantic lunch/dinner for two :)  you wouldn't realy make a huge batch, a dinner for 10 or more people as you would have to spend a good party of your day in the kitchen. This is definietly better than a shop bought version and one I encourage you to try.I went even one step further and made my own ricotta cheese!

How to make it...

Pasta dough:
- 80 g plain flour
- 20 f strong flour
- 1 large egg
- pinch of salt
The above quantities are for one portion (one person), multiply by the amount of people you'll be feeding.
- 400 g spinach leaves, or Swiss chard
- 250 g ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- black pepper
- 50 g butter
- 4 sage leaves, shredded
- 50 g parmesan, freshly grated


First make the pasta dough. Put both flours and salt in a bowl. Mix well. Make a well in the centre and add the egg. The dough should be elastic and not sticky. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and then place in a bowl covered with cling film for 30 minutes before rolling it out.
While the dough is resting, prepare the filling. Rinse the spinach and put in a saucepan. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes until softened.

Drain the spinach, squeeze all the water out and chop finely. In a large mixing bowl mix together the chopped spinach, ricotta and egg. Season with nutmeg, salt and freshly ground pepper.
Put the pasta dough on a lightly floured surface and roll as finely and evenly as possible (use a pasta machine if you have one). Roll into strips about 4 inches wide.
Shape small balls of the spinach filling and place them on the pasta strips about 5cm apart. Moisten the edges with water and cover with another strip of pasta. Press the pasta sheets together around the filling, sealing firmly. Cut into ravioli using a pastry wheel or sharp knife or a glass (like my Hubby). 
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the ravioli and cook for 4-6 minutes until 'al dente'. Drain.
Meanwhile, in a small frying pan melt the butter and add the sage leaves. Toss the ravioli with the sage butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve.      


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