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.
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.