Ravioli (or whatever you call them in your own ethnic tradition — gyoza, jiaozi, pierogi, knoedel, filled dumplings) are so worth the effort. They are such a satisfying entree, with noodle, filling and sauce all together in one. This recipe makes about 30 ravioli, so experiment with a couple different fillings. They freeze well too, but lay them on a cookie sheet and don’t let them touch each other while freezing, otherwise the dough will stick and rip open when you take them out to cook them. Thanks to Local Lemons for the recipe and pic:)
1 1/2 cups of flour
3 fresh organic eggs
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 ears of corn, kernels cut off the cobs
4 baby summer squash, chopped
1 spring onion, dark green parts removed, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 small head of broccoli, chopped
Small handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
8 ounces of fresh goat cheese
Sea salt, fresh ground black pepper
6 ripe, organic tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
Extra-Virgin olive oil
Sea salt, fresh ground pepper
Chop each ingredient relatively small. If the pieces are too big they will poke a hole through the dough. Heat up a large saute pan and add two swirls of olive oil. Add the spring onion and cook for two minutes. Add the corn, carrots, squash, broccoli, sea salt and black pepper. Cook on medium-low for about 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Stir every few minutes so they don’t brown. Add chopped parsley, stir and turn off heat. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Empty veggies into a large glass bowl and gently mix in goat cheese until combined. Taste for salt and set aside.
Set a large pot of water to boil. Using a sharp knife, make an “X” on the bottom of each tomato, just cutting through the skin. Add the tomatoes to the boiling water and cook for about 2 minutes, until the skins start to peel back. Transfer tomatoes to a bowl and cover with a cotton towel. When cool enough to handle, remove the skins. Crush each tomato with your hands into a medium pot set on low heat. Add crushed garlic cloves, 1/2 cup of water, salt and pepper. Cook on low for about 30 minutes. Just before serving strain the broth into a bowl, leaving garlic and tomato seeds behind.
Making the ravioli:
Add the flour into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of flour. Crack the eggs into the well. Using your fingers, gently break up the egg yolks as you incorporate the flour, little by little, into the egg mixture. When the dough has not yet come together, add the olive oil. Continue mixing until the dough forms a mass. At this point, test the consistency of the dough. Wash and dry your hands, and stick your finger into the dough. If your finger emerges doughy, you need to add a little more flour.
Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for 8 minutes. A full eight minutes. Knead the dough with the heel of your hand, and turn the dough in the same direction after each “knead.” It should feel super smooth when it’s ready.
Divide the dough into four equal parts. One by one, guide the dough through the pasta machine, starting at the widest setting, going down to the second-to-last notch.
You should now have four long sheets of past dough. Take about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the filling, and place it 2 inches from the edge of the dough. Repeat this all along the edge of the sheet, keeping the filling mounds about 2 inches away from each other. Fold the sheet on top of itself, so the filling is now covered. Using a pizza-cutter (or ravioli-cutter if you have one), cut between the filling, creating individual ravioli. If you need to, you can also trim the edges a bit as well. Repeat with the remaining three sheets of dough.
Cook the ravioli in boiling water for about three minutes. Strain the tomato broth and ladle into a bowl with a few of the ravioli. Garnish with fresh basil.