I love various kinds of pasta and most of the store bought ones are very tasty, but
there is one type that i just prefer making at home, or at least eating on a fine dine restaurant.
Ravioli is a type of a dumpling made out of two pasta layers sealing some type of filling.
The preparation of the dough is quite a work, especially when i don't have a pasta machine, but it is so worth it.
I love serving my Ravioli filled with sweet potato and cheese and with a cream sauce.
For the dough - recipe of the Cordon Bleu-
300 gram flour
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. olive oil
250 - 300 gram mozzarella and kashkaval cheeses
1 medium sweet potato
500 ml cooking cream (I've used 10%)
2 minced garlic cloves
a bit basil and thyme
about 100 gram Mozzarella and kashkaval
Start by preparing the dough:
Sift the flour to a bowl and make a hole in the middle.
Pour the eggs, the salt and the olive oil to the hole and start mixing with the tip of your fingers. When a lump is formed, start kneading - With one hand, hold one edge of the dough
and with the other hand, push the dough away from your body, with your wrist.
Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 - 15 minutes.
Let the dough rest for an hour, and then divide it to two, setting one half in the bowl for later use.
Flatten the dough into a circle and start rolling it with a rolling pin, to a very thin, paper like, sheet. When done rolling, place the sheet on a floured broomstick or a chair's backrest (like i did). Repeat last steps with the other half and let dry for 15 minutes.
For the filling:
Peel the sweet potato and cut into rings. Cook in water until softened.
Drain from water, mash the sweet potato and mix with the cheeses. Taste and if needed, add salt and pepper.
Prepare the Ravioli:
Take one of the pasta sheets and with a cutter, cut circles.
Place a bit of filling in the middle of the circle, wet the edges of the circle with a bit of water
and seal it with another circle, pressing on the edges to fully sealing it.
Dust 2 towels with flours and place the Raviolis between them, leaving them for an hour
After an hour, cook the Ravioli in hot water for 3 - 4 minutes.
Prepare the sauce:
Bring the cream to a boil, add the garlic, basil and thyme and mix.
Add the cheeses and mix again.
Let the sauce cook for couple of minutes and finally that's it :-)
Serve and enjoy, you worked hard for this :-)