Finding a reservation for a Valentines Day dinner was never as affordable or as easy as this year! Ira and I decided to stay home and make food together. Since we had an afternoon of quality time to fill up, we decided to pull out our new pasta maker and assemble some homemade raviolis. Although raviolis are very easy to make, they can be a bit time consuming. Who cares about time though, when you’re in love…with your new Kitchenaid accessory! Here’s the result of our love making. Ha ha.
Spinach and Pork Stuffed Raviolis
Spinach and Pork Filling
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 2 c. raw spinach, chopped
- 1/2 c. shredded provolone
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbs yogurt
- 1/4 c. Parmesan
Assemble your egg pasta dough and let rest for 20 minutes. Here is the egg pasta dough recipe we use.
Assemble filling: Mix sage, salt and pepper into the ground pork. Brown pork in a saute pan. When pork is halfway cooked; a little brown and pink, add the chopped spinach and finish sauteing until pork is fully brown and spinach is wilted. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix and set aside.
Press dough: After your dough has rested, press your sheets of pasta dough.
Cut your ravioli dough: I don’t have a specific ravioli cutter, so I just use a drinking glass. Make sure it will cut a large enough circle to handle being stuffed. A large water glass or pint glass works well.
Stuff your raviolis: Crack an egg into a bowl and mix well. Brush each ravioli circle with your egg wash using a pastry brush. Spoon a tsp of filling into the center of your dough circle.
Pinch edges of circles together to form half-circle. Using a fork, press edges securely shut. Try not to pierce through the dough with the ends of the fork tongs.
Cook raviolis: Heat water to a rolling boil. Add a pinch of salt and a splash of olive oil to water. Place raviolis in water. Once water comes back to a rapid boil, boil raviolis for 5-7 minutes until soft. Strain.
Eat up! Serve raviolis with your preferred sauce. I used our homemade roasted marinara and served our pasta with a nice side salad. This was about 2 hours of quality time in the kitchen and we definitely reaped the rewards of our labor! I hope you all had as happy a Valentines Day!