Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Freshly Rolled Ravioli Pasta

Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Ravioli with Thyme and Poppy Butter Sauce
Beetroot Mascarpone Ravioli with fresh Pesto Sauce
Spinach, Garlic and Ricotta and Rich Bolognese Cannelloni

On Sunday night I hosted a Pasta Making night with my new Pasta Roller I got for my birthday. We invited all the new interns that will be at Dubbo Base Hospital for the next two years - Kelly Greentree, Joel Petite, Chrissie Hayden, Dan Bunker, and Beth was visiting for the weekend who also came along to help.

Kelly and Joel came over early and helped me make the dough, and eggs were flying everywhere. Lots of fun.

The dough recipe we used is a simple but versatile Jamie Oliver recipe:

Pasta Dough
600g Strong Flour (high protien, high gluten, triple sifted)
6 free range organic eggs
1/2 tsp salt
Sift flour onto table with salt, make a well, add eggs, mix in with hands and knead for up to 10 mins until it is a silky texture. Add flour along the way if it gets sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and refridgerate 30 mins.

Once we kneaded and put the dough in the fridge to rest, we went foraging in our garden of pots for fresh herbs. We collected Marjoram, Parsely, Coriander, Rosemary, Dill, Thyme and Basil. We then started to prepare the Ravioli fillings and the sauces together.

Daniel was in charge of the Pesto sauce which primarily used the herbs from our garden. Joel worked on the beetroot and mascarpone filling, Kelly did the Sweet Potato and Pumpkin filling (mashed by hand!) and I prepared the spinach and ricotta and bolognese fillings for the Cannelloni. I made these in advance because I thought it would be too much to do on the night - which worked well so I had time to do the sauces.

Beetroot and Mascarpone Ravioli Filling:
1.5 cups of cooked (boiled or baked) pureed beetroots (can use canned beets but these have more liquid)
200g Tamar Valley Tasmanian Mascarpone
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Wholemeal breadcrumbs
Salt and Pepper to taste

With a spoon, mix the Beetroot puree with the mascarpone and parmesan and add breadcrumbs to achieve a paste consistency (so it is not runny). Taste for seasoning.

Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Ravioli Filling:
1 red skinned sweet potato, skinned and roasted
1/2 butternut pumpkin, skinned and roasted
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
pinch of mixed spice
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1/2 cup dried, fine breadcrumbs

Mash the Sweet Potato and Pumpkin and add the other ingredients, mixing well.

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni Filling;
Two handfuls spinach, wilted and chopped finely
200g fresh ricotta cheese
handful of marjoram leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl mixing well.

Rich Bolognese Ravioli Filling:
300g lean beef mince
5 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 cup water
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Fry the mince in olive oil till browned and add the oregano and sugar and let caramelise for 5 mins.
Add the tomato paste, red wine vinegar and seasoning, and fry for another 5 mins.
Add the water and simmer till reduced back to a thick rich paste.

Ravioli Herb Pesto (from the Garden)
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
½ tsp sea salt & 8 black peppercorns, ground
Two big handfuls fresh basil leaves
Two big handfuls fresh rocket
Few sprigs fresh parsely
1 tsp unsalted butter
Juice and zest from ½ lemon
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil to make a paste

Add all ingredients to the food processor, except the olive oil, and process till finely chopped. Add oil in a thin stream to the pesto until just combined. Dont process for too long because it may emulsify the olive oil and make it frothy.
Thyme and Poppy Butter sauce
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup poppy seeds
1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves
1 tbsp hot pasta cooking water

Fizz the butter in a saucepan on the stove then add the other ingredients and toss through fresh pasta.

Tomato Cannelloni Sauce
knob of butter
8 Fresh Roma Tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 cup hot water
pinch of sugar
salt and pepper

Fry the tomatoes in the butter on high heat to caramelise, about 5 mins.
Add the sugar and garlic and fry another 3 mins.
Add the salt, pepper and water and bring to a simmer, reducing down to a loose tomato sauce.
Spoon into Cannelloni baking tray and place Cannelloni tubes on top.
Tear basil and pour over the cream, finishing with parmesan and slices of mozarella.
After all our fillings and sauces were ready and extra ingredients laid out we started pasta rolling!

Joel already had experience with his own pasta roller so he was really good at judging when the dough was 'right' - when it was silky and worked well enough through the first setting that we could proceed down the thicknesses to get paper thin ravioli pasta.

Chrissie, Bunker and Beth also came over and joined in the pasta rolling, and everyone helped so I was really really impressed. The ravioli maker attachment didnt work very well at first because of a few possible reasons: we put too much filling in, the pasta sheets were not wide enough, we didnt flour the sheets enough to stop them sticking and we needed to roll through the double sheets a  bit before putting any filling in. Beth ended up cleaning it and successfully rolling out some little square ravioli!
We became really good at rolling the sheets of dough so we decided to start also making ravioli pillows by hand, because we could get more filling in that way! For one ball of dough we added finely chopped marjoram and then rolled it out and used it to make beetroot pillows.

The Cannelloni needed to go in the oven so we rolled out a long strip of plain dough and cut squares from it to roll the Spinach and Ricotta and the Bolognese fillings. The tomato sauce was spooned into Daniels new baking dish and the Cannelloni were placed on top, with cream, parmesan, torn basil and big slices of Mozzarella. Into the oven it went for 20 mins.

Meanwhile, Beth ended up working out how to use the ravioli maker without it sticking and got a few handfuls of little ravioli from it. They were good but very small and we had so much filling left so we decided to continure making more by hand (with a roller cutter to make zigzag edges) and that was fun to do. A few minutes in boling salted water and they were done! We tossed half in pesto and half in the Thyme and Poppy Butter sauces.

It had taken a bit longer than expected, so we were really hungry, and it was well worth the wait and the effort.


The leftover Ravioli dough to make Semolina Spaghetti for another nights meal, by adding some semolina flour while rolling it out. It has made a wonderful rugged spaghetti, that will, I am sure, catch the sauce of a nice Rabbit Ragu I plan to make this weekend. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Rach!!! Fantastic!! Love the pic with the huge long pasta strip!! Good on you! love mum