Tagged with fresh pasta

White Asparagus Ravioli

White Asparagus Ravioli

Apart from anything sous-vide, homemade ravioli could be considered to be my signature dish. Besides Italian classics I have developed many variations over the years. So many that it is getting hard to come up with something new. White asparagus are in season and I realized I had not posted a recipe for white asparagus … Continue reading

Mushroom Lasagna (Lasagne ai Funghi)

Mushroom Lasagna (Lasagne ai Funghi)

Mushroom lasagna is a classic I’ve been making for years, but I noticed I had never published it on the blog yet. It is a great dish to indulge, rich yet elegant. Its components are fresh homemade spinach pasta, funghi trifolati (mushrooms sautéed in olive oil with garlic and parsley), white sauce, and plenty of … Continue reading

Ravioli with Gorgonzola in Foie Gras Sauce

Ravioli with Gorgonzola in Foie Gras Sauce

This dish is simple and decadent at the same time. Delicate fresh pasta is stuffed with pungent gorgonzola, and served with a creamy sauce of foie gras. The combination is delicious. Since we love foie gras and we love blue cheese, this was a winner. Once you get the hang of making ravioli from scratch, … Continue reading

Beetroot Ravioli with Gorgonzola Sauce

Beetroot Ravioli with Gorgonzola Sauce

This dish has been inspired by a dish we had at Le Calandre in Italy. The concept is very easy: beetroot juice is turned into jelly using agar, ravioli are filled with the beetroot jelly, and when the ravioli are cooked the beetroot turns liquid again. So when you bite into the ravioli, beetroot juice … Continue reading

Smoked Eggplant Ravioli in Broth

Smoked Eggplant Ravioli in Broth

This elegant dish was inspired by something served at Aga in Italy during our recent vacation. First eggplant is smoked, then a broth is made from the eggplant skin and the eggplant pulp is reduced to become a filling for ravioli. The ravioli are then served in the eggplant broth. The smoking adds a nice … Continue reading

Ravioli al Prosciutto

Ravioli al Prosciutto

Homemade ravioli can be considered to be my signature dish. These delicate parcels of deliciousness are not that hard to make once you get the hang of them, and the possibilities are endless. Since I haven’t posted a new recipe in a while, here is a new variety: ravioli stuffed with prosciutto and ricotta. As … Continue reading

Ravioli Primavera

Ravioli Primavera

To celebrate the coming of Spring I wanted to create a dish with spring vegetables, and came up with these wonderful ravioli filled with baby asparagus, snow peas, peas, baby carrots, ricotta, parmigiano, and basil. Served with a fresh tomato sauce they are delicious and I will definitely prepare them again. They have such a … Continue reading

Artichoke Ravioli (Ravioli con Carciofi)

Artichoke Ravioli (Ravioli con Carciofi)

There are three things I don’t like about artichokes: (1) it is a lot of work to clean them, (2) they don’t go well with wine, and (3) you can only eat a small part of them and have to throw away the rest. Simona solved the third issue by using the discarded parts to make artichoke … Continue reading

Tortellini di Valeggio

Tortellini di Valeggio

Each region of Italy has its own pasta shapes and pasta recipes. Valeggio sul Mincio, a town near Lago di Garda and the city of Verona, is famous for its Tortellini di Valeggio, tortellini made of pasta as thin as a veil with a filling of beef, chicken, and pork. To make them extra delicate, … Continue reading

Gnocchi all’Acqua con Pancetta

Gnocchi all’Acqua con Pancetta

Happy Thanksgiving! When I was googling researching gnocchi all’acqua (‘water’ gnocchi, made from a dough much like that of éclairs), I noticed a variety of these gnocchi stuffed with pieces of pancetta and served with a tomato sauce. This sounded really good, so I decided to put it on my coming soon list of recipes … Continue reading

Green Ravioli with Ham

Green Ravioli with Ham

Despite my forays into fusion, my favorite cuisine remains Italian home cooking. I’ve started following another blog in Italian, Grembiule da Cucina, hosted by Simona, an experience Italian home cook. She posted her family’s meatball recipe, which is also used for various stuffings. I inquired whether it was also used for ravioli, and Simona replied that … Continue reading

Shrimp Ravioli (Ravioli ai Gamberoni)

Shrimp Ravioli (Ravioli ai Gamberoni)

Homemade ravioli are my specialty. I love to serve them at dinner parties and delight my guests with those parcels of delicate pasta with a scrumptious stuffing. The keys to good ravioli are to make the pasta as thin as possible, to make sure the parcels are closed tightly without any trapped air, to give … Continue reading

Cheese Ravioli

Cheese Ravioli

In 2007 during our first wine discovery tour through Italy, we visited Castello di Brolio in Tuscany and had dinner at the restaurant that was part of the winery. They served a tasting menu to showcase their wines, and with the Chianti Classico they served ravioli stuffed with ricotta and pecorino, garnish with sauteed spinach … Continue reading