Valentine’s Traditions with Raviolis…

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A few years ago, one of the first Christmas gifts I got Nick was an old school pasta maker. We love breaking it out for Holidays, and Valentine’s tends to be the time we use it the most, when our tradition is to make good ole raviolis from scratch. Now I’m not going to lie, making raviolis is a LONG process if you do it from scratch like this, but it’s a lot of fun when you have time to kill. This year with a baby, we tried to break the process up into steps; we prepped a day ahead of time, letting Char watch us prep while she ate dinner.

Spinach and ricotta are one of our favorite fillings. We were feeling a little “meat-ed” out, so opted for a vegetable filling, adding double the spinach in the batch. For the sake of everyone’s time, I thought I’d share just the filling recipe, since the noodle making would be pretty lengthy to type out. However, I linked this blog post  to show you the recipe we usually follow to make the noodles by hand.

PS if you are in the market for a old fashion pasta machine, I highly recommend this one. You can make tons of different noodles with it, and it takes up much less space then some of those huge Kitchenaid gadgets. Some other helpful gadgets include this lovely gift, courtesy of my mom.

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Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli Filling: serves

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of frozen spinach
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese (we used skim)
  • 1 teaspoon each of nutmeg and pepper
  • 1 table spoon each of salt and lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves; chopped
  • 1/2 finely chopped yellow onion

Instructions:

  1. Steam spinach as per directions on packaging.
  2. In the spinach pan, add chopped garlic, onion, and one table spoon of olive oil. Saute over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until garlic is soft. Set aside and let cool.
  3. Once cool, squeeze out as much excess water as you can from the spinach.
  4. In a mixing bowl combine spinach, ricotta cheese, and spices. Mix well.

And you are ready to fill! We stuck with a very simple fresh tomato, garlic, and basil red sauce for on top. These noodles are super light and flavorful, so they do not require a heavy sauce in my opinion.

Our little angel baby isn’t feeling so great this week. Hoping we can bite this bug before the weekend for her sake. Here’s a pic of her helping out with the noodles….she was intrigued by the machine 🙂

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