Monday, November 17, 2008

Spinach and Mushroom Ravioli

Cook Time: 1 hr 40 min
Level: Intermediate
Yield: 2 servings


* 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons for boiling water
* 6 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
* 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
* 1/4 cup mascarpone
* 1/3 cup grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnishing
* 6 egg roll wrappers (6 1/2 by 6 1/2-inch squares)
* 2 large eggs, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
* 1/2 cup mushroom (cremini, shiitake, button), finely chopped
* 2 cups tomato sauce
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a large saute pan heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil. When almost
smoking, add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook until
all the liquid has evaporated from the mushrooms, about 6 minutes. Add
spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and place mixture
into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until you get a coarse
texture. Place in bowl and stir in mascarpone and Parmesan cheese.
Check for seasoning and set aside.

Line up 3 wrappers on a cutting board. Brush with the egg and

water mixture. Using a tablespoon, arrange 4 dollops of the filling on
each wrapper – 2 on the first row and 2 on the second – 1-inch apart.
Place another wrapper directly on top, pressing around the filling and
sealing the edges. Using a fluted ravioli cutter, cut out squares of
ravioli. Each filled wrapper will yield 4 raviolis, giving you a total
of 12 ravioli. Place ravioli onto a floured baking sheet and keep
covered with a linen towel.

In a large pot, bring to a boil 4 quarts of salted and oiled water.
Carefully add small batches of ravioli, about 3 to 4 at a time. This
will prevent them from crowding in the pot and sticking together. Cook
for 2 to 3 minutes. Using a spider strainer, carefully remove the
ravioli and place on the plate. Tent with foil to keep warm and
continue cooking remaining ravioli.

In a saute pan, heat remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. When almost smoking,
add chopped mushrooms and saute until soft and most of the liquid has
evaporated, about 8 minutes. Carefully pour in tomato sauce and simmer
for 5 minutes.

Divide ravioli between 2 serving plates. Top with mushroom tomato
sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan.


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