Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Presented by Chef Mary Guin, Owner & Founder of UCHEF:  The Mini Culinary School in a Box

Recipe by: Mary Guin, Owner & Founder UCHEF: The Mini Culinary School in a Box. (Twitter: @chefmaryguin)

Pasta from scratch is very simple, very inexpensive, and very delicious. Ravioli can be prepared ahead of time and frozen until ready to use. 

Basic Pasta Dough Recipe
•    1 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour
•    1 ½  cups Semolina Flour
•    4 large eggs
•    1 teaspoon salt
•    4 tablespoons olive oil
Prepare Pasta
Combine both flours and salt in mixing bowl. Make well in center of flour. Pour eggs and oil into center of well. Using a fork, break up the eggs. Begin to stir the egg and oil mixture, slowing start to incorporate the flour.

When mixture is loosely combined and shaggy, dump mixture, including excess flour onto work surface to begin kneading. Dough will be loose and appear not to come together but continue to work and kneed for 7-10 minutes, moving dough around board to collect unincorporated dry flour. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Once mixture has rested in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, cut into 4 equal pieces. Wrap and return other pieces to fridge until ready to roll. When pasta is resting, prepare primavera sauce. (See below)
Prepare pot of salted boiling water to cook pasta. Lightly flour work surface, hands and rolling pin. Using hands, shape dough into flat disc. Switch to rolling pin and begin to roll out, starting from the center -  working outward. Once dough begins to snap-back, refusing to get any thinner, hold down the dough  closest to you with your palm and use rolling pin to roll away from you. This will stretch in addition to flatten the dough, allowing it to become thinner. Continue rolling until dough is paper thin.

Lightly dust dough with flour, roll-up or fold onto itself in thirds (like a letter) and cut into ¼ inch strips. Unfold strands and toss in extra flour. Set aside and allow to dry for 5-10 minutes before cooking. Repeat with extra dough in fridge.
Cook pasta in salted boiling water for 3-6 minutes until al dente. Reserve cooking water incase primavera sauce becomes too thick. 
Ravioli Filling: 
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan 
2 tablespoons chopped spinach (fresh or frozen)
1 egg
1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
1 egg +  1/2 teaspoon water for egg wash

In a bowl combine all ingredients, except for egg wash. Roll pasta into thin sheets. Working in a row, place 1/4 teaspoon of filling every 3-4 inches. Brush egg wash on the bottom half of the dough and fold dough over to seal. Press down around each piece of filling and seal. Cut dough to form raviolis. Secure seal by pressing edges with prongs of fork.  Cook until just begins to float about 3-6 minutes.
* Fillings are endless. Start with basic ricotta & customize. Just avoid watery fillings.
Brown Butter Sage Sauce: 
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1-2 teaspoons dried sage
Parmesan cheese

Cook butter on medium-low heat with sage until butter is fragrant, nutty, and beginning to turn brown, about 3 minutes. Add pinch salt & pepper. Add cooked pasta and cook for 1 minute. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
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