RAVIOLI WITH SPINACH AND RICOTTA CHEESE FILLING, IN TOMATO CREAM SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:

Spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli filling:

1 tablespoon olive oil

10 oz spinach

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded

3/4 cup ricotta cheese

1/4 teaspoon salt

Tomato cream sauce:

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tomatoes

2 garlic cloves

5 sprigs fresh thyme

1/4 cup white wine

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 cups grape tomatoes yellow and red

1/4 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS

How to make ravioli cheese filling:

Heat olive oil on medium heat, add spinach and cook covered, stirring occasionally, until spinach wilted, about 15 minutes.

Cook for 5 or 10 more minutes uncovered until all liquid evaporates.

HOW TO MAKE THE RAVIOLI:

To assemble the ravioli, drop the filling mixture on the dough by teaspoonfuls about one inch apart. Cover the filling with the top sheet of pasta, pressing out the air from around each portion of filling. Press firmly around the filling to seal. Cut into individual ravioli with a knife or pizza cutter. Seal the edges.

When you are done shaping ravioli, bring a big pot of water to boil, add ravioli and cook for 5 minutes, then drain. Or, alternatively, freeze ravioli until you’re ready to cook them.

How to make tomato cream sauce:

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Chop 2 tomatoes and garlic and add to the pan. Cook covered for about 10 minutes until tomatoes soften.

Add white wine and chopped thyme. Bring to boil and cook uncovered for 5 more minutes until half of liquid evaporates. Remove from heat, let it cool for a bit.

Then transfer to blender and puree the tomato mixture. Transfer the puree back to the pan, reheat to medium heat and add heavy cream. Stir until well incorporated.

Cut each grape tomato in half and add all of them to the pan with the tomato cream sauce. Salt to taste and and more chopped thyme if needed. Cook for 5 more minutes.

To serve, add cooked ravioli to the sauce at the last minute. Allow both ravioli and the sauce achieve same temperature. When serving on plates, garnish with thyme.

Chop cooked spinach finely and move to a bowl. Add Parmesan cheese and ricotta cheese, salt to taste and mix well. Add more salt if necessary.