Homemade Ravioli of Spinach and Ricotta with Porcini Mushrooms, Sage and Garlic
For the pasta dough:
- 2 cups/275 g OO flour or all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 large whole eggs
- 1 tablespoon/15 ml extra-virgin olive oil
For the ravioli filling:
- 2 teaspoons/10 ml olive oil
- 5 ounces/142 g fresh baby spinach leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup/235 g fresh ricotta cheese
For the sauce:
- 2 tablespoons/30 ml olive oil
- 8 ounces fresh porcini mushrooms, sliced
- 1 stick/113 g salted butter
- 25 fresh sage leaves
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- ¼ cup/60 ml dry white wine
To make the pasta dough:
- Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and form a well in the center of the flour. Place the egg yolks, eggs and olive oil in the center of the well. Using a fork, whisk the eggs and oil to blend.
- Gradually whisk the flour into the egg mixture until a thick batter forms. Using your hands, gradually mix in enough of the remaining flour to form a shaggy dough (you won't need all of the flour).
- Do not incorporate any hardened bits of flour into the dough. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead until the dough is smooth and semi-soft. Wrap the dough in plastic and rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
To make the ravioli filling:
- Place a large sauté pan over moderate to high heat. Once the pan is hot, drizzle the olive oil into the pan and add the spinach. Season spinach with a little salt and pepper.
- Sauté 2 minutes or just until the spinach leaves have wilted. Transfer the spinach to a strainer or colander to cool. Gently squeeze the spinach to remove any excess moisture. Coarsely chop the spinach.
- Once the spinach is cold, mix the spinach in a medium bowl with the ricotta. Season the mixture to taste with salt and pepper.
To prepare the ravioli:
- Cut the dough into 4 pieces. Keep 3 pieces tightly wrapped in plastic wrap so that they do not dry out.
- Dust the unwrapped piece of dough with some flour and flatten it with your hand into a rectangle. Run the dough through the widest setting of the pasta maker. Fold into thirds and repeat the rolling and folding about 3 times, dusting the folded dough piece with flour as needed before running it through the machine each time. This helps knead the dough and make it more elastic.
- Reduce the space between the rollers one setting at a time until the dough is about 1 to 2 mm thick. Cut the pasta sheet crosswise in half to make it easier to handle.
- Place one pasta sheet on the floured work surface. Spoon 6 mounds of the spinach filling over the pasta sheet, using about 2 teaspoons/10 g of the mixture for each mound and spacing them evenly apart.
- Lightly brush water over the pasta dough that surrounds the filling. Lightly brush the second pasta sheet with water. Lay the second pasta sheet, moistened side down, over the pasta sheet with the filling. Press the edges together to seal, squeezing out any air pockets. Cut out the ravioli into squares.
- Transfer the ravioli to a floured baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pasta sheets and filling, forming 24 ravioli total. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to cook.
- Alternatively, purchased fresh pasta sheets can be used in place of the fresh pasta sheets made here. If using purchased pasta sheets, select both the plain pasta sheets and spinach pasta sheets for a pretty presentation.
To make the sauce and serve the ravioli:
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the ravioli to the boiling salted water and cook for about 3 minutes or until the pasta is tender and the filling is heated through.
- Meanwhile, place a heavy based large frying pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the olive oil and place the porcini slices in the pan. Cook the porcini slices for 10 minutes until they are golden brown and tender.
- Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate and tent with foil to keep them warm. Return the pan to medium heat. Add the butter and cook for about 1 minute or just until melted.
- Add the sage and cook for about 1 minute or until the butter becomes a light brown color and the sage is crisp. Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds or until the garlic is fragrant.
- Add the white wine and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Drain the ravioli from the water and place three ravioli on each plate. Divide the mushrooms among the serving dishes.
- Spoon the brown butter mixture over and around the ravioli. Serve!