Valentine’s Day ravioli

It may happen just once a year, or it may happen a few times, but sooner or later you will have to make a great impression with your cooking: the need will arise for making something for a special occasion which not only tastes good, but also looks great too, and perhaps follows a particular theme or helps to celebrate a special festival or event. Today's recipe is one of those: it is Valentine’s Day ravioli, a main course entirely dedicated to the most romantic day of the year, 14th February. It is a dish of pink, heart-shaped ravioli that is not at all difficult to make. Of course, making homemade pasta takes a little patience, but you will soon find that it is not insurmountable! We have stuffed them with an excellent filling of fresh mushrooms and dressed them with a light tomato sauce, but you can use your imagination and fill them with anything you wish.

Ingredients

  • plain flour 300 grams ‘0’ type
  • eggs 3 units
  • tomato paste 2 tablespoons of tomato concentrate
  • passata 200 grams Fresh tomato
  • mushrooms 100 grams Fresh
  • parmesan 50 grams
  • fresh cream A tablespoon of cooking cream
Information
90 minutes Total time
5 minutes Active time
Serves 4 persons
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Preparation

Mix the flour with the eggs and the tomato concentrate. Knead and shape into a ball and then let it rest for 10 minutes. Pull the dough into long sheets using a pasta maker. Meanwhile, make the filling: fry the garlic in a pan, clean and slice the mushrooms and add these too, then cook for a few minutes. Don’t add liquid. Then blitz the mushrooms with cooking cream in a blender. Add the Parmesan and season with salt. Place the filling at intervals on the strips of pasta dough, cover with the other strips of dough and cut the ravioli with a special biscuit cutter. Boil the ravioli in salted water. Dress with a fresh, very light tomato sauce. Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan.

Tips
For a really sophisticated outcome, romantic, and with a touch of the aphrodisiac about it, we suggest replacing the filling of a fresh mushrooms with one made from fish or seafood bought on the same day.
Trivia
Ravioli are a type of stuffed pasta which has spread all over the world: they are a part of Italian gastronomy but just as much a part of Chinese, Mongolian, Japanese cuisine and many other countries. However, clearly ravioli sunk their roots into Italian culture - to be precise in Gavi in the province of Alessandria - in the Middle Ages. Here lived a family known as "Raviolo", who apparently invented the eponymous filled pasta.

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