Okay, so I have a confession to make if I haven’t already made it before… I’m in love with pasta. So, naturally, when Italian food is involved, I start foaming at the mouth. Recently, I started watching “Giada at Home” with Giada De Laurentiis. I just love her. She is Italian and grew up with Italian food, so guess what she makes a good bit of on her show? You guessed it…cheeseburgers. Just kidding. Well, she made this ravioli using won ton wrappers, and I was floored at the thought of making my own homemade ravioli without having to make the actual pasta itself. I made a couple of slight variations, but this is my favorite pasta dish right now. I even made some for lunch today.
First, you mix all of the ingredients for the filling. You can do this easily with a fork, since the cheeses are soft and easy to mix without having to use an electric mixer. Personally, I prefer fresh grated cheese because the quality is so much better, but if you’re looking to save time…get the pre-grated cheese. It’ll still be yummy. 😉
I used a mini cookie scoop to plop the filling on each won ton. It’s much easier than using two spoons to scrape it off, or even your finger. Plus, you know that you’re distributing the same amount of filling into each ravioli.
Brush all of the edges with egg yolk. This keeps the edges from coming apart when you boil them.
Fold the won ton wrappers over and seal with your fingers. Try to make sure that you get the air out of the pockets before you seal, this allows the cheese to spread more throughout the middle while cooking. You can pre-make these and pop them back in the fridge, since they can be time consuming if you’re making them for several people. **MAKE SURE TO SPRAY THE SURFACE YOU’RE STORING THEM IN WITH COOKING SPRAY!** I made the mistake of not doing that, thinking they wouldn’t stick to parchment paper. I was wrong, and ended up losing several of the ravioli from the edges tearing apart from sticking to the surface. Not a happy experience for me to lose ravioli.
These literally only take two minutes in a pot of boiling water. Make sure to add salt and a little bit of olive oil to the water so the ravioli don’t stick together. Here they are, all finished and ready to be eaten…which is exactly what I did. Happily. Here, you see them with alfredo sauce…typically, they’re served with a tomato based sauce, but since I’m alfredo sauce nut, this was my topping. Enjoy, because I certainly did, will continue to do so…
Four Cheese Ravioli Recipe:
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 package won ton wrappers
Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a fork. Scoop filling with a mini cookie scoop into 1 won ton wrapper. Brush all sides with egg yolk. Folk wrapper over, and secure by pressing together with fingers. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, cook for approximately two minutes. Serve warm with favorite sauce.