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Ricotta Ravioli

Ravioli are typical all throughout Italy, but they are a specialty in Sicily, where they are commonly prepared with sheep’s milk ricotta.

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Ricotta Ravioli

Ricotta Ravioli

Ravioli are typical all throughout Italy, but they are a specialty in Sicily, where they are commonly prepared with sheep’s milk ricotta.
Course: Dinner
Keyword: pasta, ravioli, ricotta
Servings: 40 ravioli
Author: Melissa Muller

Ingredients

Hard Wheat Pasta Dough with Egg:

  • 1 pound remilled hard wheat semola flour, plus more for kneading
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, beated

Ravioli:

  • 1 recipe Hard Wheat Pasta
  • Filling of choice
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • Remilled semola flour, for dusting the work surface and ravioli

Spiced Sweet Ricotta Filling:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound strained ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup grated ragusano cheese

Minted Ricotta Filling:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound strained ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

Instructions

Hard Wheat Pasta with Egg:

  • Place the flour in a mound on a clean work surface and create a deep indentation in the center. Add the beaten eggs and salt to the indentation and mix the flour and eggs with a fork. Pay careful attention that the egg does not spill out of the mound of flour. Continue to draw flour from the sides of the well until all of the flour is incorporated with the eggs. Once the dough becomes thicker and starts sticking to your fingers, knead the dough with both hands and form it into a single mass. Continue kneading on a lightly floured surface, until the dough becomes smooth and elastic-like in texture, about 10 minutes. Use a pastry scraper to remove any dough that sticks to the work surface.
  • If the dough feels to dry and is not fully sticking together, add a touch of water. If the dough feels too wet and pasty, add some more flour. In either case, add a little at a time. Form the dough into a ball, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rest for about 1 hour at room temperature.
  • Roll the dough and shape it into the cut of your
    choice, such as tagliolini, lasagne, or tagliatelle.

Ravioli:

  • Roll out the dough into eight 8 by 25-inch sheets
    with a hand-cranked pasta machine. Place the sheets on a lightly
    floured work surface.
  • Spoon 10 mounds of the filling by the tablespoon
    onto one sheet of pasta, keeping the mounds 3 inches
    away from each other. The filling should be in rounded
    mounds that take up no more than 2 inches of space.
    Brush a thin layer of the beaten egg yolks in a circle
    around each mound. Place a second sheet of pasta
    directly on top. Use your fingertips to gently press
    together the top sheet and the bottom sheet in the
    egg-washed spots that surround the mounds of filling.
    The egg will help the top and bottom sheets stick
    to each other. Using a hand-held ravioli cutter, cut out ravioli shapes one by one,
    pressing down on the dough surrounding the mounds
    of filling so that the filling is contained. Repeat with
    the remaining 6 sheets of pasta and the filling to make
    about 40 ravioli.
  • Dust the ravioli with flour, spread them out on a baking sheet, and let them sit for 30 minutes. If the kitchen is hot, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator. The ravioli can be held in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 week.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Delicately place the ravioli in the boiling water in batches. Cook until the ravioli float to the top of the pot, usually about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked ravioli to their sauce and cook for another minute in the sauce before serving.

Spiced Sweet Ricotta Filling:

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the egg with the sugar and salt. Add the ricotta, marjoram, cinnamon, and grated cheese and mix well with a rubber spatula. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Minted Ricotta Filling

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the egg with the salt. Add the ricotta and mint and mix well with a rubber spatula. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Notes

Excerpted from Sicily: The Cookbook, Recipes Rooted in Traditions © 2017 By Melissa Muller. Published By Rizzoli. 
Excerpted from Sicily: The Cookbook, Recipes Rooted in Traditions © 2017 By Melissa Muller. Published By Rizzoli. 
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