These homemade ravioli are not only gorgeous and vibrant, they are absolutely delicious. The earthy, fresh flavors in the pasta are elevated to haute cuisine levels with a creamy gorgonzola filling accented with toasted walnuts. Served over fresh sautéed kale this dish makes an impressive first course to an elegant meal.
In Italy you often see pasta recipes as il primo or first course. In a traditional dinner (or Sunday lunch) this would be followed by il secondo or second course; usually a meat or fish based entree accompanied by i contorni, side dishes - usually vegetables. Both portions tend to be small so one isn't too full. Of course, by the time you've had your antipasto (which translates literally as "before the meal"), saved some room for qualcosa dolce (something sweet), and washed it all down with plenty of good vino you're pretty full and ready to fare un sonnellino (take a nap).
This recipe serves 12 as a first course or 6 as a main course. You can also freeze extra ravioli for up to one month in an airtight container with the layers separated by wax paper. A pasta machine is helpful (I used the KitchenAid pasta attachment) but you can use a rolling pin if you have the patience.
Kale and Beet Ravioli with Gorgonzola and Toasted Walnuts ~ makes 60 ravioli
3 cups semolina, divided
3 cups AP flour, divided
6 eggs, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
8 oz beet root, cooked and peeled
8 oz kale, stems removed and leaves blanched
1 egg, beaten
6 oz gorgonzola, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
salt & pepper to taste
16 oz kale
2 cups onion, julienne
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cloves garlic, minced
parsely, for garnish
toasted walnuts, for garnish
salt & pepper to taste
Cook, peel and puree beet root. Set aside. Blanch and puree kale. Set aside.
For each dough combine together 1.5 cups each semolina and AP flour, 3 eggs, 1/4 teaspoon salt and either beet or kale puree. Knead together, form into a ball, wrap in plastic and let rest at room temperature for one hour. You should now have one gorgeous bright red ball of pasta dough and one vibrantly fresh green ball of dough.
Cut the dough into strips (re-wrap extra dough so it doesn't dry out) and roll out into long ropes. Brush sides with eggwash and press ropes together, alternating colors, until you have a piece of striped dough about 8 inches wide.
Lay your sheets of dough out and brush with eggwash. Drop a teaspoon of filling evenly spaced across sheet of pasta. Brush second sheet with eggwash and cover filling.
Boil water and cook ravioli approximately 5-6 minutes or until done. Toss with kale and serve garnished with parsley, toasted walnuts, and parmesan cheese.
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