You can buy many kinds of stuffed and filled fresh pasta, but you won’t find these oversize ricotta-and-egg-filled ravioli, from chef Sarah Grueneberg of Chicago’s Monteverde, in a shop. That’s why they’re the ultimate filled pasta to make at home.
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2 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
2 cups (10 ounces) 00 flour
8 ounces soft sheep-milk feta cheese, such as Bulgarian or Spanish
8 ounces whole-milk ricotta
1/2 cup (1 ounce) freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 teaspoons chopped oregano
4 pounds ripe tomatoes, halved
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oi
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pinch of crushed red pepper
Semolina, for dusting
8 large egg yolks
3 large egg whites, beaten
1 cup torn basil leaves, plus small leaves for garnish
Shaved Pecorino Romano cheese, for garnish
How to Make It
Step 1 Make the pasta dough
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs with the egg yolks and 1/4 cup of water. Mound the flour on a work surface, make a well in the center and add the eggs. Using a fork, gradually draw in the flour until a dough forms. Gather and knead the dough until smooth. Form into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Step 2 Meanwhile, make the filling
In a food processor, pulse the feta until smooth. Scrape into a medium bowl and add the next 5 ingredients. Mix until well blended and season with salt. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Step 3 Make the tomato sauce
Grate the tomato halves on the large holes of a box grater set in a bowl until only the skins remain; discard the skins. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the grated tomatoes and crushed red pepper and season with salt. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and reduced to 3 cups, about 20 minutes.
Step 4 Make the ravioli
Divide the pasta dough into 4 pieces. Work with 1 piece at a time, keeping the rest covered. Press the dough to flatten it slightly. Run the dough twice through a pasta machine at the widest setting. Run the dough through 4 successively narrower settings, twice per setting, until the dough is about 1/16 inch thick. Dust a work surface with semolina and lay the pasta sheet on top; dust the pasta generously with semolina and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Repeat with the remaining 3 pieces of pasta dough, keeping the rolled-out sheets covered.
Lay one of the pasta sheets on a work surface and brush off the semolina. Spoon four 1/4-cup mounds of the cheese filling onto the pasta sheet about 4 inches apart. Spread the mounds of filling into 3-inch rounds and make a small well in the center of the filling. Slip 1 egg yolk into each well. Brush around the filling with the beaten egg whites. Drape another sheet of pasta on top and press around the fillings to push any air pockets out of the ravioli. Using a 4-inch fluted cookie cutter, stamp out the ravioli. Press the edges to make sure they are sealed. Transfer the ravioli to a semolina-dusted baking sheet. Repeat to form another 4 ravioli; reserve any remaining filling for another use.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season generously with salt. Reheat the tomato sauce in the saucepan. Using a slotted spoon, add 4 of the ravioli to the boiling water and cook until the pasta is al dente, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the ravioli to the tomato sauce. Add half of the torn basil and cook, stirring gently, until nicely coated, about 1 minute. Transfer the ravioli to plates and spoon some of the sauce on top. Repeat with the remaining 4 ravioli and torn basil. Garnish with Pecorino Romano and basil leaves and serve.
The filling and tomato sauce can be stored separately in the refrigerator for 3 days. The formed ravioli can be covered and refrigerated for 3 hours.
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Review Body: I have made homemade pasta for years and this time, decided to follow the recipe exactly. It was a near disaster. First of all, the pasta recipe has way too much liquid for the amount of flour. My flour "dam" broke down immediately, and made a huge mess on my counter and in my hands in trying to retrieve it--and I had only used about 3/4 of the egg/water mixture with the 2 cups of flour. I had to add about another cup of flour to get a decent pasta. Then the instruction of covering with a damp cloth (I wrung out a thin cotton tea towel, and then put it in the clothes dryer for a while until it was just damp) was a terrible idea. Despite using the semolina ( which, by the way, was very difficult to brush off of the pasta sheets), the pasta stuck to the damp towel, and I had to scrape it off and re-knead and re-roll the pasta. Tip: cover with a thin, dry towel. Now I am into the process by about 3 hours. I finally made the ravioli and cooked them successfully, but it took many hours and more for clean-up. I will say it was tasty, but next time, I will search for a similar but different recipe. So dissatisfied with this one.
Also, I LOVE salt, but added some salt to the filling recipe, and it was so salty, that I had to add much more ricotta to neutralize the saltiness. Maybe it was the feta I used, but still, TASTE before adding any salt to the filling. I also did not salt the pasta water in order to compensate.