Valentine’s Day Ravioli

Valentine's Day Ravioli

Food is my love language. I love to cook, I love to eat, and I mostly love to feed people. Anyone who is passionate about cooking will tell you this. I live for that moment that someone takes a bite of food and you see their face light up. If you’re really lucky maybe their eyeballs will roll back a bit and that look of pure happiness and contentment will appear. Those little moments are filed away in my heart and cherished. Here is a recipe from me to you this Valentine’s Day. Homemade pasta is something that really is extra special. If you have never made it, don’t stress! It is a lot easier than it looks! Read through for some tips and tricks on making your Valentine’s Day Ravioli or scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe. 

Spinach Artichoke Filling:

Who doesn’t love spinach artichoke dip!? Am I right? This inspired the filling for my Valentine’s Day Ravioli. The filling takes a few minutes to make. The spinach and artichokes need to be placed in a food processor and chopped finely. This will make it easier for stuffing and filling the ravioli. Be sure to strain out the excess liquid from the canned artichokes or you filling will be very watery. Add in fresh garlic, eggs, ricotta, and a whole lot of Parmesan cheese. Mix well and set aside.

Valentine's Day Ravioli

Easy Homemade Pasta:

So, if you’re Italian then you might cringe by reading this paragraph. I really hate messy dough. Your fingers get so sticky, the counter has to be scraped clean, and there is always flour everywhere. So, I make my homemade pasta in my Kitchen Aid Mixer. I add all the ingredients in to the bowl and mix with the dough hook till it comes together. I do knead the dough a bit following this process. Once kneaded, I let it rest 10-20 minutes or so. This helps relax the gluten in the flour and allows it to be rolled out without tearing. Roll out two thin sheets for your Valentine’s day ravioli. I used a 2″ diameter heart shaped cookies cutter. I very lightly mapped out my heart shapes onto the bottom sheet of dough. Added my filling, and covered with the top. Cut out the heart shapes. Toss into rapidly boiling water and let cook for a few minutes. Place your pasta in bowl and serve with your favorite sauce! Find a full step by step tutorial located on my highlight reel on Instagram.

Valentine's Day Ravioli

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day,

-L

Valentine's Day Ravioli

Print Recipe
Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

  • Filling:
  • 3 cups, Baby Spinach
  • 1 can, Artichoke Hearts- drained well
  • 1 1/2 cups Ricotta
  • 1 cup, Parmesan (fresh grated is best)
  • 1 tsp. Salt & Pepper
  • 2 cloves, Garlic -minced
  • Pasta Dough:
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 cup Cold Water (replace with beet juice to dye the ravioli pink)
  • 1 Egg, beaten (for egg wash)

Instructions

1

In a large bowl, add the ricotta cheese, parmesan, and minced garlic.

2

Place spinach in a food processor and pulse util it is shredded.

3

Drain the artichoke hearts in a strainer and push down to remove as much liquid as possible. Place the artichokes in the food processor as well.

4

Add the spinach and artichokes to the ricotta mixture. Add salt.

5

Mix until it is all fully combined and set aside.

6

In a large Kitchen Aid Mixing bowl, combine all the pasta dough ingredients. Attach the mixer with the dough hook and mix on low speed till it forms a large dough ball. Remove the dough ball and place on a floured counter. Knead for an few more minutes to ensure the dough has come together. Wrap in plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

7

Prepare your pasta maker and divide the dough into sections. You will need two long matching pieces of dough to make the ravioli. Brush the "bottom" pasta sheet with egg wash.

8

Use your heart cookie cutter and gently mark the dough and map out where your hearts will approximately be placed. Scoop a tablespoon full of filling into the center of each outline.

9

Take the top sheet of dough and lay it over the bottom one, covering the filling. Gently pat the dough down around the filling to help seal it closed.

10

Cut out the ravioli using your cookie cutter.

11

If freezing for later, place on individual sheet for 1 hour, remove and place into a bag. This will prevent them from sticking to each other.

12

If cooking immediately, place in the boiling water for 2-3 minutes max! Fresh pasta cooks very fast.

13

Add your favorite sauce. I personally enjoy the freshness of this and only like to add additional garlic, butter, and extra parmesan.

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  • Mandee Pogue
    February 11, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    I love making homemade pasta! It’s a Valentine’s Day tradition for us! I loved your insta stories for this as well!

    • Admin
      February 12, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Homemade pasta seems so intimidating, but it can be easier than people think! I love that you have this as a tradition!